The Pogues:Jesse James

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“Jesse James”
Artist: The Pogues
Albums: Rum Sodomy & the Lash (1985)


Jesse James we understand
Has killed a many man
He robbed the Union trains
He stole from the rich
He gave to the poor
He'd a hand and a heart and a brain

Well it was on a Saturday night
The stars shining bright
They robbed the Glendale train
And the people they did say
For many miles away
It was those outlaws
Frank and Jesse James

Now Jesse had a wife
Lived a lady all her life
And children they were brave
But our history does record
That Bob and Charlie Ford
Have laid poor Jesse in his grave

Well it was Bob and Charlie Ford
Those dirty little cowards
I wonder how they feel
For they ate of Jesse's bread
And slept in Jesse's bed
And laid poor Jesse in his grave

Now Jesse had a wife
Lived a lady all her life
And children they were brave
But our history does record
That Bob and Charlie Ford
Have laid poor Jesse in his grave

Now Jesse had a wife
Lived a lady all her life
And children they were brave
Now history does record
That Bob and Charlie Ford
Have laid poor Jesse in his grave

Well the people held their breath
They heard of Jesse's death
They wondered how it come to fall
Well it was Robert Ford in fact
Who shot him in the back
While he hung a picture on the wall

Now Jesse had a wife
Lived a lady all her life
And children they were brave
But history does record
That Bob and Charlie Ford
Have laid poor Jesse in his grave

But history does record
That Bob and Charlie Ford
Have laid poor Jesse
Laid poor Jesse
Laid Jesse James in his grave