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John Hardy John Hardy was a brave little man He carried a pistol every day He killed a man in Shallow Town 'Twas a sight to see John Hardy getting away, Lord, Lord 'Twas a sight to see John Hardy getting away John Hardy was standing at the gambling bar And was not concerning the game; Up stepped a lady, threw down half a dollar, Said, "Deal John Hardy in the game," etc. John Hardy picked up the half a dollar And threw it against the ground, Saying, "The very first man that wins my money, I sure will blow him down." A big buck nigger he won the money And picked it up from the ground; John Hardy he drew out his pistol And shot that nigger down. John Hardy got on an old freight train, The old freight train was too late; And if the old train had n't a-been behind time, John Hardy would have made his escape. John Hardy was a-standing at the station bars, So dark he could not see; Up stepped a policeman and took him by the arm, Says, "Johnny, come and go with me." The policeman he arrested John And brought him on to jail; They no bail allowed for a murderer, And they locked John Hardy up in jail. John wrote to his father and mother to come And get him out on bail; They no bond allowed for murdering crime; So they kept John Hardy in jail. John's father and mother crossed the deep blue sea, To get him out on bail; Says, "There 's no bond for a murdering man." So they kept John Hardy in jail. John Hardy had a pretty little wife, She always went dressed in green; And coming down on the hanging ground, Says, "Johnny, you were always too mean." John Hardy had a true little boy, He was all dressed in black; As coming down on the hanging ground, Says, "Papa, I wish that you were back." John Hardy had a true little girl, She always dressed in red; As coming down on the hanging ground, Says, "Papa, I would rather be dead." "I've been to the East and I've been to the West I've been the wide world round; I've been to the river and I've been baptized, And now I'm on my hanging ground."