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7. They arrived at Sidney's home about eleven forty-one;
There he met his wife and daughters and two little sons; They all shook hands and all began to pray
And they said, "O Lord, don't take our papa away."
8. The people they all gathered from far and near
Just to see poor Sidney sentenced to the electric chair; But to their great surprise the judge he said, "He's going to the penitentiary instead."
112 JESSE JAMES Cf. Charles J. Finger, Frontier Ballads, New York, 1927, pp. 5759; Shearin and Combs, p. 16; Hudson, Specimens of Mississippi Folk-Lore', No. 77; Pound, No. 64; Lomax, p. 27; Sandburg, p. 420; Charles J. Finger, Sailor Chanties and Cowboy Songs, p. 18; Cox, No. 44; Journal, XXII, 246; XXV, 17, 145; Randolph, p. 195; Journal, XXIV, 387.
"Jessey James." Obtained from Miss Mary E. King, Gatlinburg, Sevier County, Tennessee, August 12, 1929, who had it from Lewis Clabo, Sevier-ville, Tennessee.
1. Whilst living in Missouri was a great, bold man. He was known from Seattle down to Birmingham, From Boston, Massachusetts, and across the states From Denver, Colorado, to the Golden Gates.
2. You people all have heard of some famous men, In every nook and corner heard of Jessey James. We used to read about him in our homes at night.
The wind came down the chimney made us shake with fright.
3. Jessey said one morning, "Boys, some coin we need." He polished up his rifle, got a hasty steed.
He mounted to his horse, rode to his brother Frank's,
Says, "We've got to have some money from the Pittsville bank/'
4. They rode to town next morning; it was ten o'clock; The cashier of that bank, he got an awful shock; While Jessey kept him covered with his forty-four, The cashier counted out a half of million or more.

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