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John Hardy TML # 005354
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Popular bad-man ballad, often done as a banjo instrumental. Recorded by Lilly Brothers, Bill Monroe (instrumental) and Tommy Jarral. John Hardy, a "desperate boy... who carried a (gun) every day," threatens to kill any man who wins his money. Finally he does lose his money and shoots the other. Hardy flees, but before he can leave the state he is taken, tried, and hanged
John Hardy was a desperate little man,
He carried two guns every day.
He shot a man on the West Virginia line,
You should have seen John Hardy getting away poor boy,
You should have seen John Hardy getting away.

He went on across to the East Stone Bridge
There he thought he'd be free.
Up steps the sheriff and he takes him by the arm
Saying:Johnny come along with me, poor boy,
Johnny come along with me.

He sent for his mama and his papa too
To come and go his bail.
But there weren't no bail on a murder charge
So they threw John Hardy back in jail, poor boy,
Johnny come along with me.
He sent for his mama and his papa too
To come and go his bail.
But there weren't no bail on a murder charge
So they threw John Hardy back in jail, poor boy,
Threww John Hardy back in jail.

John Hardy had a pretty little girl
The dress that she wore was blue.
She came into the jailhouse hall
Saying: Johnny I'll be true to you, poor boy,
Johnny I'll be true to you.

I've been to the East and I've been to the West
Traveled this wide world around.
Been to the river and I've been baptised
And now I'm on my hanging ground, (hanging ground)
Now I'm on my hanging ground.
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