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Janie Rutherford was just 17 years old
when her mother took her baby away
She'd been sleepin' 'round, doing all kinds of drugs
so her mother had to take that baby away

and oh how Janie cried like a baby
yes she cried herself to sleep each night
and it made poor Janie go damn near crazy
just to have that baby out of her sight
It wasn't alright
It wasn't alright with Janie

Janie Rutherford was just 17 years old
when she chose to start attending AA
She was still drinkin, druggin, and fuckin all the time
but at least she never missed her AA

and oh how Janie cried like a baby
yes she cried herself to sleep each night
and it made poor Janie go damn near crazy
just to have that baby out of her sight
It wasn't alright
It wasn't alright with Janie

Janie Rutheford was just 19 years old
when the needle laid her down in her grave
She'd given up, she'd never even had a chance
so the needle had to lay her down in her grave

and oh how Janie's mom cried like a baby
yes she cried herself to sleep each night
and it made poor Janie's mom damn near crazy
just to have that baby out of her sight
It wasn't alright
It wasn't alright with Janie's mom
no, it wasn't alright
and it wasn't alright with Janie

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from Handheld Recordings, Vol. 1: The Hotel Life, released June 21, 2018

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