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Sam Bass
Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:06
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I found the words to Sam Bass but I don't think it is the song you are looking for. The one your recited is The Ballad of Jessie James. Here are the words to that song.In fact I have two different versions. One is the origanal and the second was recorded by Eddie Arnold. If you want the words to Sam Bass also just let me know.


The Ballad of Jesse James

Jesse James was a lad who killed many a man
He robbed the Glendale train;
He stole from the rich and he gave to the poor
He’d a hand and a heart and a brain.
Poor Jesse had a wife to mourn for his life,
Three children, they were brave;
But that dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard
Has laid poor Jesse in his grave.
It was Robert Ford, that dirty little coward;
I wonder how he does feel
For he ate of Jesse’s bread and he slept in Jesse’s bed
Then laid poor Jesse in his grave.
Poor Jesse had a wife to mourn for his life,
Three children, they were brave;
But that dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard
Has laid poor Jesse in his grave.
Jesse was a man, a friend to the poor
He never would see a man suffer pain,
And with his brother Frank he robbed the Chicago bank,
And stopped the Glendale train.
Poor Jesse had a wife to mourn for his life,
Three children, they were brave;
But that dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard
Has laid poor Jesse in his grave.
It was his brother Frank that robbed the Gallatin bank,
And carried the money from the town;
It was in this very place that they had a little race,
For they shot Captain Sheets to the ground.
Poor Jesse had a wife to mourn for his life,
Three children, they were brave;
But that dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard
Has laid poor Jesse in his grave.
They went to the crossing not very far from there,
And there they did the same;
With the agent on his knees, he delivered up the keys
To the outlaws, Frank and Jesse James.
Poor Jesse had a wife to mourn for his life,
Three children, they were brave;
But that dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard
Has laid poor Jesse in his grave.
It was on Saturday night, Jesse was at home
Talking with his family brave,
Robert Ford came along like a thief in the night
And laid poor Jesse in his grave.
Poor Jesse had a wife to mourn for his life,
Three children, they were brave;
But that dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard
Has laid poor Jesse in his grave.
The people held their breath
When they heard of Jesse’s death
And wondered how he ever came to die.
It was one of the gang called little Robert Ford
He shot poor Jesse on the sly.
Poor Jesse had a wife to mourn for his life,
Three children, they were brave;
But that dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard
Has laid poor Jesse in his grave.
This song was made by Billy Gashade,
As soon as the news did arrive;
He said there was no man with the law in his hand
Who could take Jesse James when alive.
Poor Jesse had a wife to mourn for his life,
Three children, they were brave;
But that dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard
Has laid poor Jesse in his grave.

# 2
It was on a Wednesday night the moon was shining bright
They robbed the Glendale train
And the people they did say for many miles away
Twas the outlaws Frank and Jesse James.

Jesse had a wife to mourn all her life
Their children they are brave
Twas a dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard
They laid Jesse James in his grave.

It was Robert Ford the dirty little coward
I wonder how he does feel
For he ate of Jesse's bread and he slept in Jesse's bed
Then he laid Jesse James in his grave.

Jesse had a wife to mourn all her life
Their children they are brave
Twas a dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard
They laid Jesse James in his grave.

It was his brother Frank that robbed the Gallatin bank
And carried the money from the town
It was in this very place that they had a little race
For they shot Captain Sheets to the ground.

Jesse was a man a friend to the poor
He never would see a man suffer pain
And with his brother Frank he robbed the Chicago bank
And stopped the Glendale train.

It was his brother Frank that robbed the Gallatin bank
And carried the money from the town
It was in this very place that they had a little race
For they shot Captain Sheets to the ground.

Jesse had a wife to mourn all her life
Their children they are brave
Twas a dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard
They laid Jesse James in his grave.

They went to the crossing not very far from there
And there they did the same
And the agent on his knees he delivered up the keys
To the outlaws Frank and Jesse James.

Jesse had a wife to mourn all her life
Their children they are brave
Twas a dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard
They laid Jesse James in his grave.

It was on a Saturday night Jesse was at home
Talking to his family brave
When the thief and the coward a little Robert Ford
Laid Jesse James in his grave.

How people held their breath when they heard of Jesse's death
And wondered how he ever came to die
Twas one of the gang dirty Robert Ford
That shot poor Jesse on the sly.

Jesse had a wife to mourn all her life
Their children they are brave
Twas a dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard
They laid Jesse James in his grave.

Jesse went to rest with his hand on his breast
The devill will be upon his knee
He was born one day in the county of Clay
And came from the solitary race.

Jesse had a wife to mourn all her life
Their children they are brave
Twas a dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard
They laid Jesse James in his grave.

They laid Jesse James in his grave...




  • sam bassmarion haan, Fri Mar 27 19:00
    Years ago I heard a song about Sam bass. It was not the ballad that told of his life but included words about a Mr. Howard and "laid Jesse James in his grave." I would like to learn the words to this ... more
    • Sam Bass — Sandy, Sat Mar 28 12:06
      • Re: Sam BassAnonymous, Sat Mar 28 12:39
        Thank you so much Sandy for The Ballad of Jesse James. As I went through the words many memories of standing on a stool by my grandparents Victrola resurfaced. I found myself humming the tune.... more
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