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Jesse James
5. Jessey in his cabin one day all alone
His wife had left him to straighten up the hall,
When scrubbing in the kitchen when the door bell rang.
In stepped forty members of an oudaw gang.
6. The photograph of Jessey's wife was hanging on the wall; Says, "Tonight I'll put that picture up in the hall; Says, "Tonight the western mail is coming to town,
So tonight I'll put that picture back up there."
He reached to get it, stood upon a chair,
While Robert with his forty-four ranging ( ?) at his head.
The news went over the country: "Jessey James was dead."
7. And on his tombstone was some verses read:
"If you're going to be a bandit, live a single man," For we know that Jessey wouldn't have lost his life If it hadn't been for the picture of his dear old wife; That Jessey wouldn't have lost his life, if it hadn't been For the picture of his dear old wife. He reached to get his rifle, knocked the picture down.
The song was recorded by Ruby Kiser, a student in Lincoln Memorial University, from the singing of Luther Arrington.
1. Jesse James and Frank They robbed many a bank
And they flagged down that east-bound train. They would fall upon their knees And deliver up the keys To Frank and Jesse James.
2. One moonshiny night
The stars were shining bright; They went to the jailer's house. He fell upon his knees And delivered up the keys To Frank and Jesse James.

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