Year Two, Week Ten: “Abileen (Tooth and Nail)”

Lyrics:

Abileen is fighting, Abileen is fighting tooth and nail
the road was slick and the wreck was bad and now she’s facing jail
This time is different, this time she has a boy at home
This time is different, this time she doesn’t have a choice
This time is different, this time she’s got to raise her voice, oh Abileen

Abileen has got a lawyer working for her day and night
It’s looking bad, he says, the prosecution’s got you dead to rights
They say you were drinking while you drove your car
They say you were drinking, now a family’s dead
This would be your strike three, what the judge has said, oh Abileen

But too much is too much and Abileen took her boy and ran
Cause God only knows what’s right and we’re stuck with doing what we can
A boy needs his mama, even if he’s living on the road
And forward is the only way any of us ever get to go, oh Abileen

Abileen is fighting, Abileen is fighting tooth and nail
She didn’t stop to think that maybe this entire plan would fail
Now the boy is crying and the lights are flashing
Now the boy is crying but she won’t be stopped
Bullets fire and she feels her tires pop, oh Abileen

But on the road there lives a man who wears his mother’s name on a tattoo
Cause God only knows what’s right and we’re stuck with doing what we do
He dreams of life and death, and all the things he’ll never get to know
And forward is the only way any of us ever get to go, oh Abileen

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