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A Kentucky Feud Song
James A. Garfield, He took me to be his friend, I shot a bullet into him That caused his fatal end. Chorus
My name is Charles Guiteau; My name I'll never deny; To leave my aged parents In sorrow for to die, But little did they think that I, While in my youthful bloom, I'll be taken to the scaffold For to meet my fatal doom.
I was standing at the depot; I thought I'd make my escape, But Providence turned against me; 1 found it was too late. Chorus
I was standing at the depot All in my uniform; The police stepped beside me And took me by the arm. Chorus
He led me up to the prison; The door flew open wjde; My heart did sink within me; The laws I must abide. Chorus
120 A KENTUCKY FEUD SONG
See variant published by Professor Josiah H. Combs in Folk-Songs du Midi des útats-Unisy Paris, 1925, p. 183. It has thirteen stanzas and a chorus. Some of the stanzas are almost identical with those of the present text. The chorus of the former is practically the same as the last two hnes of stanza 8 and the first three lines of stanza 9 of the song printed here.
"The Hargis-Marcum Feud" ("The Hargis-Callihan Feud"). Obtained
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