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Jack Donahoo who was so brave, rode out that after­noon,
Knowing not that the pain of death would overtake him soon.
So quickly then the horse police from Sidney came to view;
"Begone from here, you cowardly dogs," says bold Jack Donahoo.
The captain and the sergeant stopped then to decide.
"Do you intend to fight us or unto us resign?"
"To surrender to such cowardly dogs is more than
I will do, This day I'll fight if I lose my life," says bold Jack
The captain and the sergeant the men they did divide; They fired from behind him and also from each side; It's six police he did shoot down before the fatal ball Did pierce the heart of Donahoo and cause bold Jack to fall.
And when he fell he closed his eyes, he bid the world
adieu; Come, all you boys, and sing the song of bold Jack

E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III