Jesse James
The Kingston Trio Lyrics


(Recitation) Frank and Jesse James were products of their environment. They were sent out into the woods by their parents to forage for berries, truffles, rutabagas, and roots of all sorts. Put yourself in their place...you'da been mean too!
When Jesse James was a lad he killed many-a man. He robbed the Glendale train.
And the people they did say for many miles away. It was robbed by Frank and Jesse James.

[Chorus]
Poor Jesse had a wife who mourned for his life, three children, they were brave.
But that dirty little coward who shot Mister Howard has laid poor Jesse in his grave.

It was on a Saturday night if I remember right when they robbed that Glendale train.
It was one of the Younger boys who gathered in the spoils and he carried Jesse's monies away.

[Chorus]

He was standin' on a chair just a-dustin' pictures there.
He thought he heard a noise (Yeah, what did he do?)
When he turned his head around,
Why that bullet smacked him down and it laid poor Jesse on the floor.

[Chorus]

Jesse robbed from the poor and he gave to the rich. He never did a friendly thing.
And when his best friend died he was right there by her side
And he lifted off her golden wedding ring.

[Chorus]

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: BOB SHANE, JOHN STEWART, NICK REYNOLDS

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

TwoBrokeWolves '

When Jesse James was a lad he killed many-a man. He robbed the Glendale train.
And the people they did say for many miles away. It was robbed by Frank and Jesse James.

Poor Jesse had a wife who mourned for his life, three children, they were brave.
But that dirty little coward who shot Mister Howard has laid poor Jesse in his grave.

It was on a Saturday night if I remember right when they robbed that Glendale train.
It was one of the Younger boys who gathered in the spoils and he carried Jesse's monies away.

Poor Jesse had a wife who mourned for his life, three children, they were brave.
But that dirty little coward who shot Mister Howard has laid poor Jesse in his grave.

He was standin' on a chair just a-dustin' pictures there. 
He thought he heard a noise (Yeah, what did he do?)
When he turned his head around, 
Why that bullet smacked him down and it laid poor Jesse on the floor.

Poor Jesse had a wife who mourned for his life, three children, they were brave.
But that dirty little coward who shot Mister Howard has laid poor Jesse in his grave.

Jesse robbed from the poor and he gave to the rich. He never did a friendly thing.
And when his best friend died he was right there by her side 
And he lifted off her golden wedding ring.

Poor Jesse had a wife who mourned for his life, three children, they were brave.
But that dirty little coward who shot Mister Howard has laid poor Jesse in his grave.



All comments from YouTube:

Red Dead Compilation

Anyone come here after watching a Strange Man??? Incredible LOL

Arthur Morgan

Ye lol

Hei hei Nissegutt

Me too

Plastic Harp

Can’t believe they made a song about my great great great uncle or cousin. He’s one of the two.

SAYED SAYEDY

Me too

Shamsul Haque

Hell yes

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TheTyrantOfTyrus

This version of the song was always so much fun and upbeat, especially since a lot of the traditional versions are much slower and sadder. This songs just a real fun inversion of the old story.

TwoBrokeWolves '

When Jesse James was a lad he killed many-a man. He robbed the Glendale train.
And the people they did say for many miles away. It was robbed by Frank and Jesse James.

Poor Jesse had a wife who mourned for his life, three children, they were brave.
But that dirty little coward who shot Mister Howard has laid poor Jesse in his grave.

It was on a Saturday night if I remember right when they robbed that Glendale train.
It was one of the Younger boys who gathered in the spoils and he carried Jesse's monies away.

Poor Jesse had a wife who mourned for his life, three children, they were brave.
But that dirty little coward who shot Mister Howard has laid poor Jesse in his grave.

He was standin' on a chair just a-dustin' pictures there. 
He thought he heard a noise (Yeah, what did he do?)
When he turned his head around, 
Why that bullet smacked him down and it laid poor Jesse on the floor.

Poor Jesse had a wife who mourned for his life, three children, they were brave.
But that dirty little coward who shot Mister Howard has laid poor Jesse in his grave.

Jesse robbed from the poor and he gave to the rich. He never did a friendly thing.
And when his best friend died he was right there by her side 
And he lifted off her golden wedding ring.

Poor Jesse had a wife who mourned for his life, three children, they were brave.
But that dirty little coward who shot Mister Howard has laid poor Jesse in his grave.

Hunter Richie

Dad tells us that his great gramdpa was a Younger and Frank and Jesse hid at his place here in Alabama. At some point he quit using the 'er' and just called himself Young.

Plastic Harp

I guess our families knew each other for a bit then

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