Ballads & Songs of Southern Michigan-songbook

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332          Ballads and Songs of Michigan
Communicated in 1916 by Miss Mildred Pahl, a student in Michigan State Normal College, Ypsilanti. She obtained the song from her grandfather, who had learned it in the sixties, while he was gold mining in California. Re­printed from Gardner, JAFL, XXVII, 93.
1    I suppose you have heard of all the talking Of that noted horse thief, Wakken;
He was caught in Calaveras, And he couldn't stand the joke; So the rangers cut his head off; They've got it now in soak.
Now I warn everybody not to ramble,
Nor to fight nor steal nor gamble,
For you'll never have a cent,
All your money will be spent
And you to Sacramento in the chain gang be sent.
2    Just before Wakken was taken
He killed a Chinaman and stole his bacon; Then he went to Sonora Where he killed eleven more, And a big digger Injun Which made the twenty-four.

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