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Ry Cooder - Jesse James Lyrics

  • (neil morris)
  • I'll tell you about jesse and frank james
  • My grandfather was personally acquainted with them
  • My grandfather lived in the southern edge of baxter county, arkansas
  • And they stayed all night with him lots of nights
  • And my grandfather told me there was a lot of those robberies that was layed to jesse and frank james
  • And he knew they didn't do it 'cause they was at his place when it happened
  • But you couldn't tell the public that
  • When they get their minds made up that somebody's done something
  • Why the public's gonna stick to it anyway
  • My grandfather, he knew them as boys
  • And they could come to his place and go without anybody paying attention 'cause nobody expected them
  • Down in arkansas, see, 'cause they was from missouri
  • Now that's the story that my grandfather told me when i was just a boy
  • And he said that frank james, at that world's fair,
  • I think it was 1901 in st. louis him and jesse were both there
  • My grandfather and frank james were together there
  • And that frank james offered to bring jesse there alive
  • He said that the man that the ford boys killed wasn't jesse james at all
  • But the fellow they killed was just about the size of jesse and he was red headed
  • And he wasn't any relation to the fords
  • See, jesse james was a known cousin to charles and bob ford
  • That's what my grandfather said
  • He said jesse and frank were not even in that part of the country when that fellow was killed
  • And the ford boys, why, they collected a thousand dollars for killing jesse james!
  • Now the song says that the ford boys killed jesse
  • None of us up here in the mountains believe that, no sir!

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