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Frankie and Albert
18. Frankie walked out on the scaffold, As brave as a girl could be, Saying, "Judge, you tried me Murder in the first degree,
For killing my man, who wouldn't treat me right.'
19. Now little Frankie is buried; She's sleeping by Albert's side; Albert was a gambling man, And Frankie was his bride;
She killed her man who wouldn't treat her right.
"Frankie and Johnnie." Obtained from Mrs. Ewart Wilson, Pensacola, North Carolina, August 1, 1930.
1. Frankie and Johnnie were lovers. Oh, ho, how they did love! Swore to be true to each other As true as the stars up above.
He was her man; he wouldn't do her wrong.
2. Frankie went down to the corner Just for a bucket of beer.
Said, "Mr. Bartender,
Has my loving Johnnie been here ?
He's my man; he won't do me wrong."
3. "Frankie, I'll cause you no trouble; Frankie, I'll tell you no lie;
Your lover left here about an hour ago
With a girl named Nellie Bly.
He's your man but he's doing you wrong."
4. Frankie looked over the transom; There to her great surprise, There on a couch sat her Johnnie Making love to Nellie Bly.
He was her man, but he done her wrong.

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