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John Harty was a desperate man,
He carried a gun and a razor every day,
He killed a man in Challis town.
You ought to seen poor Johnny get away. (Refeat.)
John Harty went to this big, long town.
When he thought he was out of the way,
Up stepped a marshal and taken him by the hand,
Says, "Johnny, come and go with me." (Repeat.)
Johnny Harty had a father and mother,
He .sent for them to go his bail.
No bail was allowed for murdering a man,
So they shoved Johnny Harty back in jail. (Repeat.)
Johnny Harty had a pretty little wife, She was all dressed in blue, She cried out with a loud little shout, "Johnny, Fve been true to you." (Repeat.)
Johnny Harty was standing in his cell, With the tears running down each eye; "I've been the death of many a poor man, And now Pm ready to die. O Lord, now I'm ready to die.

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