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Sidney Allen
III SIDNEY ALLEN See Hudson, No. 71; Richardson and Spaeth, American Mountain Songs9 p. 34.
Obtained from Dr. D. S. Gage, Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, who received it from Professor Artus M. Moser, Lincoln Memorial Uni­versity, Harrogate, Tennessee, 1932. The song was recorded by a student in Lincoln Memorial University.
1.  Come, all you people, if you want to hear
The story of a cruel mountaineer. Sidney Allen was a rounder;
At Hatfield Gyart House he won his fame.
2. Court called the jury at half past nine;
Sidney Allen was a prisoner and he was on time; He mounted to the bar with his pistol in his hand, And he sent Judge Massie to the promised land.
3. Just a moment later, and the place was in a roar;
The dead and the dying, they were lying on the floor; With a thirty-eight special and thirty-eight ball Sidney backed the sheriff up against the wall.
4. The sheriff saw that he was in a mighty bad place;
The mountaineer was staring him right in the face; He turned to the window and then he said:
"Just a moment later and we'll all be dead."
5. He mounted to his pony and away he did ride;
His friends and his neighbors — they were riding at his side — They all shook hands and swore they would hang Before they would give up to the Bolton gang.
6.  Sidney Allen wandered and he traveled all around,
Until he was captured in that western town. He was taken to the station with a ball and a chain
And they put poor Sidney on that east-bound train.

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