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Wild Bill Jones
"Poor Jesse James." Obtained from Cleophas L. Franklin, Crossnore, Avery County, North Carolina, July, 1930, who could recall only the follow­ing fragment:
1. Poor Jesse James! He robbed the Denver train And they laid poor Jesse In his grave.
WILD BILL JONES See Campbell and Sharp, No. 99; Richardson and Spaeth, p. 36; Spaeth, Weep Some More, p. 134.
Obtained from Miss Julia Stokes, who recorded the song from the singing of Hettie Twiggs, Crossnore, Avery County, North Carolina, July, 1931.
1.1 went out this morning for to take a little walk; I walked upon wild Bill Jones; He was walking and talking by my true lover's side And bid me to leave her alone.
2. He took out his revolver from his side And destroyed that poor boy's soul.
He kicked and scrambled all over the ground And gave one dying groan.
3. Pass around your fancy bottle; Let's all take a drink,
For this evening will be the last of me
And tomorrow will be the last of Wild Bill Jones.
4.1 got a letter from a woman,
Saying: "Darling, what is your Bill?" I wrote my woman back a letter, Saying: "Darling, my Bill come free."

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