1. I went out one Mon-day morn-ing to feed the hogs and climb the hill, to that spot on Thun-der Moun-tain where I hide my whis-key still. Two city dudes were wait-in' for me, said they had a flask to fill. Seems that they were ver-y thirst-y af-ter climb-in' up that hill. I asked them to show their mon-ey be-fore they took my moun-tain dew. One pull'd out his badge and pis-tol said we're T-men come to get you.
Then my hound dog start-ed howl-in' and my mule came charg-in' through. Knock'd down a-ll my good corn whis-key, chased the Re-ven-u-ers too.
2. But those Feds, they were hard head-ed. They took me down to the coun'y jail. Lock'd me up with-out a phone call, had no-one to go my bail. Then la-ter on, there in the court-room I stood be-fore the ma-gi-strate. He said, boy you're in big trou-ble for makin' moon-shine in this state. Told the judge, I'm just a farm boy, I'm un-aware of cit-y ways. He said, son that makes no dif-f'rence, twen-ty ye-ars you'll have to pay.
Then my hound dog start-ed howl-in' and my mule came charg-in' through. Ran that jud-ge out of his court-room. Chased the jur-y peo-ple too.
3. Took my chance to leave that court-room. Went run-nin' down the old main street. Twen-ty years can make some dif-f'rence in how fast you move your feet. The sher-iff's men came right be-hind me, guns were loud as bul-lets flew. I said, self you'd bet-ter hur-ry can't you tell they're chas-in' you? It did'nt take them long to catch me, 'cause that old sher'ff could real-ly go. Ten more years added to my sen-tence. Why oh why did I run so slow?
Then my hound dog start-ed howl-in' and my mule came charg-in' through. It's too bad they had to do that, now they're in this jail-house too.