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Traditional
Traditional

Song Information

Origin: Traditional (Appalachian, first published 1916) Song is about actually historical event, John Hardy was convicted for committing murder during a gambling fight, executed in Welch, WV on Jan. 19,1894. First recording and first release by Eva Davis (1924/1924) Also released by Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys (1962)

Lyrics

John Hardy was a desperate little man He carried two guns every day He shot down a man on that West Virginia line You oughta seen John Hardy getting away You oughta seen John Hardy getting away John Hardy stood in that old barroom So drunk that he could not see And a man walked up and took him by the arm He said Johnny, come and go along with me Poor boy, Johnny, come and walk along with me John Hardy stood in his old jail cell The tears running down from his eyes He said I've been the death of many a poor boy But my six-shooters never told a lie No, my six-shooters never told a lie The first one to visit John Hardy in his cell Was a little girl dressed in blue She came down to that old jail cell She said Johnny, I've been true to you God knows, Johnny, I've been true to you The next one to Visit John Hardy in his cell Was a little girl dressed in red She come down to that old jail cell She said, Johnny, I had rather see you dead Well, Johnny, I had rather see you dead I've been to the East and I've been to the West I've traveled this wide world around I've been to that river and I've been baptized So take me to my burying ground So take me to my burying ground John Hardy was a desperate little man He carried two guns every day He shot down a man on the West Virginia line You oughta seen old John Hardy getting away You oughta seen old John Hardy getting away