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[Version A]
Jesse James was a lad that killed a-many a man; He robbed the Danville train.
But that dirty little coward that shot Mister Howard, Has laid poor Jesse in his grave.
Chorus:
Poor Jesse had a wife to mourn for his life, Three children, they were brave. But that dirty little coward that shot Mister Howard, Has laid poor Jesse in his grave.
It was Robert Ford, that dirty little coward,
I wonder how does he feel.
For he ate of Jesse's bread, and he slept in Jesse's bed,
Then laid poor Jesse in his grave.
Jesse was a man, a friend to the poor,
He never would see a man suffer painj
And with his brother Frank he robbed the Chicago bank,
And stopped the Glendale train.
It was his brother Frank that robbed the Glendale bank, And carried the money from the town; It was in this very place that they had a little race, For they shot Captain Sheets to the ground.
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