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Lyrics: John Sainclair


Recorded at: Riversound Studio, New York City, NY  March 7, 1995 (when mixing the Soup cd)
Note: This is a John Lennon cover which was originally destined for a Lennon tribute album.

 

It ain't fair, John Sinclair
In the stir for breathing air
Won't you care for John Sinclair
In the stir for breathing air
Let him be, set him free
Let him be like you and me
They give him number two
What else can the judges do
Gotta set him free
If he'd been a soldier man
Shooting gooks in Vietnam
If he was the CIA
Selling dope and making hay
He'd be free, they'd let him be
Breathing air, like you and me
They gave him ten for two
They got Ali Otis too
Gotta set him free
Was he jailed for what he done
Or representing everyone
Free John now, if we can
From the clutchs of the man
Let him be, lift the lid
Bring him to his wife and kids
They gave him ten for two
What else can the bastards do
Gotta set him free

 

 

 " I remember John Sainclair himself was contemplating suing us for using his name or recording the song. And of course, you can't do that-it was a John Lennon song and you can sing about a public figure. Anyway, he was upset about it. Glen ran into him at a bar in New Orleans, and he sadled up to the bar stool next to Glen and threatened him with lawyers or something."
Rogers Stevens from the book "A devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on The Other" by Greg Prato

 

 

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