My Short​-​Lived Life Of Crime

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Truth is . . . Moke wanted to write a song like "The Choice" (one I wrote with Larry Vail). Moke liked that song and wanted to write something with that feel . . . and this is it! Turned into a story of a prisoner's message to the child of his murder victim. We wrote it over two or three sessions back in 2002. Music was mine, the lyric of course, a collaboration.

- Jeffrey Scott Stewart

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MY SHORT-LIVED LIFE OF CRIME

I dug into my dresser drawer
Wrapped my fingers around my ol' forty-four
And headed out into the cold night air

I'd lost my job at the factory
Left my wife and boy without enough to eat
And that was more than I could bear

I said, it's a hold up, it's a robbery
Give me the cash and don't follow me
But both of us had fear in our eyes
In my short-lived life of crime

Your daddy was the clerk that night
And he did what he knew was right
He tried to grab my shakin' gun

But a shot rang out and the better man fell
I knew right then that I'd lost myself
When I saw what I had done

I said, it's a hold up, it's a robbery
Give me the cash and don't follow me
But both of us had fear in our eyes
In my short-lived life of crime

Now I'm wearin' denim for the rest of my life
And half the time, wish I wasn't alive
But I deserve even worse

I killed your dad - wish he'd killed me
Then there wouldn't be two broken families
"Sorry" ain't a strong enough word

I said, it's a hold up, it's a robbery
Give me the cash and don't follow me
But both of us had fear in our eyes
In my short-lived life of crime
- My short-lived life of crime
- My short-lived life of crime

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart and Mark "Moke" Cameron
Copyright 2002 Blue Clover Music (ASCAP) / Mark Cameron

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from Western Movies, releases May 10, 2020
Guitar/Vocal: Jeffrey Scott Stewart

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Jeffrey Scott Stewart Houston, Texas

Originally from Southern California, and now - after sixteen years of "seasoning" in Nashville, Tennessee - based in Houston, Texas.

Jeff has had his songs heard in movies, documentaries, television and radio from Australia to Seattle to Switzerland.

Live performances feature a wide variety of original music using guitar, tenor banjo, accordion, mandolin, violin, ukelele and harmonica.
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