Grateful Dead

I Fought The Law

Lyrics By: Sonny Curtis
Music By: Sonny Curtis

Breakin' rocks in the hot sun
I fought the law and the law won
I fougth the law and the law won

I needed money 'cause I had none
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won

I miss my baby and I feel so bad (note 1)
I guess my race is run
She was the best girl that I ever had
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won

Robbin' people with a six-gun
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won

I miss my baby and the good fun (note 2)
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won

I miss my baby and I feel so bad
I guess my race is run
She was the best girl that I ever had
I fought the law and the law won
I fought the law and the law won

This emerged as a--not universally popular--encore in 1993.

(1) the Bobby Fuller version is "I left my baby ..."

(2) on the tape I have, Garcia mumbles this line--something like "I needed money and the big fun"

I Fought The Law