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American Ballads and Folk Songs
since he is classed as an "habitual criminal," broke down and criec while he sang "Shorty George." "My woman, she's sca'd to come tc see me j she might as well be dead. So I gets res'less, an' I want tc run away Pum dis place. I jes' cain' hardly stan' to sing dat song."
Well-a, Shorty George, he am' no friend of mine, Well-a, Shorty George, he ain' no friend of mine, Taken all de womens an' leave de mens behin'.
Oh, when I get back to Dallas, gonna walk an' tell, Dat de Fort Ben' bottom is a burnin' Hell.
My mama died when Ise a lad, An' ev'y since, I been to de bad.
Well, my babe caught de Katy, I caught de Santa Fe, Well, you cain' quit me, babe, cain' you see?
Well, I wen' to Galveston, work on de Mall'ry Line, Babe, you cain' quit me, ain' no use you tryin'.
Got a letter f'um my baby, "Come, at once, she's dyin'"— She wasn' dead, she was slowly dyin'.
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