DNA (Do Not Assume)

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Rich Turnbow
Hammet/Holst

Story

Clarence Harrison served eighteen years in prison for a crime he did not commit. During those years his daughters grew into adulthood, his mother passed away, and the freedom of daily living was stolen from him by our criminal justice system. 

"DNA (Do Not Assume)" is the first of twelve songs that were written from recorded conversations between Clarence, Ben Holst, and myself. The songs were then vetted again by Clarence for accuracy. 

This song begins his story.

Lyrics

DNA (do not assume)

Hammet, Holst,  c2012

 

Do Not Assume you know who’s guilty

Do Not Assume the truth was heard

Do Not Assume we are so different

Do Not Assume they have the final word

 

They gave me life plus twenty for a crime I did not do

And they added twenty more years just to break me through and through

They gave me life plus twenty but I was innocent

And they put on twenty more years just in case those years got spent

 

Do Not Assume you know who’s guilty

Do Not Assume the truth was heard

Do Not Assume we are so different

Do Not Assume they have the final word

 

I got represented by a lawyer in the hall 

he just happened to be standing there that’s how he got the call

the jury found me guilty though I know we heard the same

now the whole world’s feeling safer ‘cause they found someone to blame

 

Do Not Assume you know who’s guilty

Do Not Assume the truth was heard

Do Not Assume we are so different

Do Not Assume they have the final word

 

There’s a shadow in the hall of justice 

blood on Liberty’s cape

There’s a stain on the flag of freedom that no one can escape

 

Do Not Assume you know who’s guilty

Do Not Assume the truth was heard

Do Not Assume you are so different

Do Not Assume they have the final word

 

Do Not Anger or be bitter

A lesson every day I learn

Do Not Ask what would my life have been

If I could have those years returned