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A Kentucky Feud Song
5. Ewen kept the secret well For he was afraid to tell;
For he feared they would kill him there and then.
They arrested White and Jett; and the courts of Jackson met;
And the prosecution labored with its might.
6. With the courts of Breathitt over, Judge Redwine could do no more,
And he left it with the jury for the right.
One man began to plead that he thought they should be freed,
And it is believed Jim Hargis paid that man a fee.
7.  Then the courts at Harrison met And condemned bo*h White and Jett;
And sent them to the prison where they both will have to stay.
Their poor mothers grieve each day for their boys who have gone away
For there is nothing that can sever a mother's love.
8.  She'll pray for them with each breath And cling to them until death
And hope to meet them in the courts above. Marcum leaves a wife to mourn him all her life, But his little children stand it well and brave.
9. But that little Curtis Jett, Thomas White, and others yet,
Are the men who laid poor Marcum in his grave.
But they'll let these men go free and they'll pay their lawyer's fee
But they will get their judgment on that Judgment Day.
Note : This happened on May 4th', 19 oj. Both men have been pardoned for several years. Clay Hurst.

E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III