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Johnny Troy
3. John Detroy and Jack,
Frank and Dun Was four of the noblest heroes Old England ever sprung.
4. For the robbery of a widow
Translated over in Spain Got three long years in prison To wear the convict chains.
5.  There was hundred and forty
Serving out their terms, Some of them for murder,
And some for smaller crimes.
6. John D^troy being among them
He most solemn swear: "This very night I free you all,
Or, John Detroy, be no more."
7. We break and smith the hand cuffs
And cry for louder joy. We break and smith the hand cuffs And pull for yonder's shore.
8.  There were four armed guards
Watching around and about. Much they were surprised
When John Dctroy started out.
9.  Much they were surprised
When he made his raid. Three of the guards
Went jolly to their graves.
10. John Detroy turned
To go upon his way. He looked and saw a poor man And unto him did say:
11. "Your gold watch and money
I really demand And if you fail to give it
Your life lies in my hands."

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