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Frankie and Albert
"Little Frankie." Sung by Granville Gadsey, Guerrant, Breathitt County, Kentucky, 1925.
1. Frankie went down to the old hop-shop
To get her a thirty-eight. She's going to kill little Albert For coming through her gate.
2. Frankie went up to the big ball game;
She did not go for fun; All under her white apron, She carried a forty-one.
3.  Frankie went down to the depot;
The door was open wide; There sat little Albert with another woman by his side.
"Oh, Albert, you are my man, a gamble-man, But you won't stay at home."
4. Albert started out the back door,
He started all in a run. "If you don't stop there, Albert, I'll shoot you with my gun."
5.  She shot little Albert once;
She shot little Albert twice; The third time she shot little Albert, It took poor Albert's life.
6. Go and take little Albert to the hospital,
Go and turn him over slow, For the ball of Frankie's gun Is hurting his side so.
7. Go and gear up your horses
And hitch to the golden hack To take little Albert to the grave-yard And never bring him back.
8.  Frankie went to the grave-yard
All dressed in scholar ( ?) black, Saying she would give one thousand dollars If she had little Albert back.

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