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American Ballads and Folk Songs
Jimmie Otis, a Negro convict on the State Farm at Angola, Louisiana, says that years ago in Kansas City he heard another "Jesse James" sung to the tune oŁ "Casey Jones."
Living in Missouri wuz a bold, bad man, His fame has settled down Pum Birmingham, F'um Boston, Massachusetts, all around de state, F'um Denver, Colorado, to de Golden Gate.
Jesse James, we used to read of,
Jesse James at his home at night,
Jesse James, we used to read of—
While de wind blows down de chimney we will shake with fright.
Jesse one evening at f o' o'clock,
Jesse polished up his rifle, put his trust in view.
He galloped out and said to brother Frank,
"We have to have some money out-a de Pittsfield bank."
Oh, Jesse got in town, it wuz four o'clock, De cashier at de bank, he got an awful shock} Jesse had him covered wid his forty-fo\ "Oh, pass me half a million bones or mo'."
Jesse was at home de whole day long,
His wife has left him dere straightening up his home,
De do' bell did ring, Jesse said, "Walk in."
Up step forty members of dat outlaw band!—Chorus.