Jesse James
Ry Cooder Lyrics

Jesse James we understand
Has killed him many a man
He robbed the Union trains
But history does record
That Bob and Charlie Ford
Have laid Jesse James in his grave

It was on a Saturday night
The stars were shining bright
When they robbed that Union train
And it was one of the younger boys
That gathered in the spoils
And carried that money away

In his small home unaware
A-straightening pictures there
He thought he heard a noise
And as he turned his head
Well, the bullet killed him dead
Fired by Bob Ford, one of the boys

Poor Jesse had a wife
She lived a lady all her life
The children they were brave
But history does record
That Bob and Charlie Ford
Have laid poor Jesse, laid poor Jesse
Have laid Jesse James in his grave

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: RY COODER

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The music just adds to my thoughts that "The Long Riders" is the best Western ever made. The Western writer master, Louie L'Amour, was once interviewed by, I think it was 60 Minutes. He told the interviewer, when asked what was the most realistic Western movie ever made up until that point, and he said without hesitiation, "The Long Riders."

Timothy South

aye full of BS and crap but a fun waTCH

EC Fernández

Let's be honest and fair:
"The Long Riders" is the best western of the 80s!!!

Billy D. Bunny

I think Unforgiven beats the Long Riders in realism. They are both awesome movies but Unforgiven does not gloss over the crimes of it's hero, and the Long Riders is James and Younger propaganda, the way I see it. This does not effect the story one bit. When I was a kid it was all Louie L'Amour and Jack London for this guy!


Amen, brother. After watching it about 100 times, I'd have to agree:-)

Jim Ingram

Brilliant casting in the Long Riders, brothers playing brothers.

Helge Gram

I think Ry Cooder is the finest slide player ever, I am fortunate to have get rhythm on 12" LP, Can't beat perfection.

James Ingram

I would be inclined to agree with you. I like David Lindley and loved Duane Allman, but Ry's pursuit of Americana is noteworthy. So glad traditional music is getting shared.


+Helge Gram I think he is the best modern slide alive! He is musical genius on many levels. Thank you for your comment on the Great Ry Cooder. If you are a fan, I have him and David Lindley doing Old Coot from Tennessee...I think that's the song. Ry gets to where he says "I ran outta notes"... I love that for many reasons, but love hearing him being "human"...

Don Schley

Best movie ever about the James-Younger gang, and the best cast. Ry Cooder's soundtrack is incomparable, with all the period music, such as "I'am a good ole Rebel" and "the Ballad of Jesse James"...

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