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American Ballads and Folk Songs
Sam used to deal in race stock, one called the Denton Mare, He matched her in scrub races, and took her to the Fair. Sam used to coin the money and spent it just as free, He always drank good whisky wherever he might be.
Sam left the Collins ranch in the merry month of May With a herd of Texas cattle the Black Hills for to see, Sold out in Custer City and then got on a spree-— A harder set of cowboys you'll seldom ever see.
On their way back to Texas they robbed the U.P. train,
And then split up in couples and started out again.
Joe Collins and his partner were overtaken soon,
With all their hard-earned money they had to meet their doom.
Sam made it back to Texas all right side up with care, Rode into the town of Denton with all his friends to share. Sam's life was short in Texas; three robberies he did do, He robbed all the mail, passenger and express cars too.
Sam had four companions—four bold and daring lads— They were Richardson, Jackson, Joe Collins, and Old Dad; Four more bold and daring cowboys the rangers never knew, They whipped the Texas rangers and ran the boys in blue.
Sam had another companion, called Arkansas for short, Was shot by a Texas ranger by name of Thomas Floyd; Oh, Tom, he's a big six-footer and thinks he's mighty fly, But I can tell you his racket—he's a dead-beat on the sly.
Jim Murphy was arrested, and then released on bail; He jumped his bond at Tyler and then took the train for Terrill} But Mayo Jones had posted Jim, and that was all a stall, 'Twas only a plan to capture Sam before the coming fall.