John Giles
(music and lyrics by Franc Cinelli)

Away bound away, freedom awaits
if we overcome these cold cold waters
Away bound away, freedom awaits
if we overcome these cold cold waters

John Giles was never one to pray but he couldn't fight it
In '45 on July 31 he did run and escape to Angel Island

Away bound away, freedom awaits
if we overcome these cold cold waters
Away bound away, freedom awaits
if we overcome these cold cold waters

Biding his time 'till the moment was right
pretended to be an army officer
he thought "i'll never change the things that i've done
but i've paid enough i've paid enough"

and the while Giles kept singing his song

Away bound away, freedom awaits
if we overcome these cold cold waters
Away bound away, freedom awaits
if we overcome these cold cold waters

the warden was there to greet him to shore
sent him right back for five years more
Giles smiled at him said "ah, it was worth it"
for that moment of glory, freedom bound
you think i'm a bad man well i understand
can't change what i've done but i've paid enough

and all the while Giles was singing his song
all the while Giles was singing his song
all the while singing his song

Away bound away, freedom awaits
if we overcome these cold cold waters
Away bound away, freedom awaits
if we overcome these cold cold waters

franccinelli.com

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