Dupree was a bandit; he was so brave and bol';
He stoled a diamond ring for some of Betty's jelly roll
Betty tol' Dupree, "I want a diamond ring."
Dupree tol' Betty, "I'll give you anything."
"Michigan water taste like cherry wine,
The reason I know: Betty drink it all the time.
"I'm going away to the end of the railroad track
Nothing but sweet Betty can bring me back
Dupree tol' the lawyer, "Clear me if you can
For I have money to back me, sure as I'm a man
The lawyer tol' Dupree, You are a very brave man
But I think you will go to jail and hang"
Dupree tol' the judge, "I am not so brave and bol'
But all I wanted was Betty's jelly roll
The judge tol' Dupree, "Jelly roll's gonna be your ruin
"No, no, judge, for that is what I done quit doing"
The judge tol' Dupree, "I beleive you quit too late
Because it is already your fate
From A. Friedman, Penguin Book of Folk Ballads
This happened in 1921 in Atlanta