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Raiford is a prison in Florida. This song is about a Vietnam Vet that could not find work when he returned home and ends up in jail for armed robbery. He believes he was wrongly accused ("Only me and jesus know that I never stole a dime"), but nobody believes him. After serving 2 years in Raiford, he breaks out, knowing that if he is found he will be killed.
A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.
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, plus a collection of other classics for the likes of Aftershock, Ali and Goodfellaz.
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