Collected by Jim Bob Wheeler For M.C. Parler Transcribed by James Leonard
Sung by Houston Scott Bentonville, Arkansas June 12, 1960 Reel 375 Item 4
Sam Bass was borned in Indiana, well it was his native home, And at the age of seventeen, young Sam began to roam;
Sam first come down in Texas, the teamster for to he,
A kinder hearted fellow, you hardly ever see.
Sam used to deal in race stock, one called the Benton Mare;
He matched her in the scrub races and betook her to the fair Sam used to coin the money, well he spent it rather free,
Sam always drank good whiskey wherever he may be.
Sam left the Collin's ranch in the early month of May With a Texas herd of cattle the Black Hills for to see;
He sold out at Cluster City and then got on a apree,
A harder set of cowboys, you've hardly ever seen.
Sam had four bold companions, four bold and daring lads, Frank Andrew Wood and Jackson, Joe Collins and Old Dan;
Sam had another bold companion called Arkansa for short,
He was shot by a big six footer by the name of Thomas Floyd. Old Tom's a big six footer' he thinks he's mighty shy,
But I'm on to his racket; he's a deadbeat on the sly.Sam Bass continued
Four bold and daring cowboys, four bold and daring lads,
They whipped the Texas rangers and run the boys in blue!
They started back to Texas and robbed the U.P. train,
And then split up in couples and started down again.
Joe Collins and his partner were overtaken soon
And with all their hard money, they had to meet their doom.
Sam rode on down in Texas all right sife up with care And rode into the town of Denton with all his friends to share; Sam's life was short in Texas; three robberies he did do He robbed all the passengers and the mail express too.
Young Murphy was arrested and then released on bail;
Well he jumped the bonded collar and took the train for Turl, Well the Major Jones had posted him; it was for a cause,
It was a plan to capture Sam the very coming fall.
Sam met his fate at Round Rock, July the twenty first,
They plastered poor Sam with rifle balls and emptied out his purse,
For Sam now lay a corpse; they pitched him in the bay,
And Jack sat on the border, still trying to get away.
Young Murphy borrowed Sam's good gold when he didn't wanta pay; The only way that Jim could see wat to give poor Sam away;
Now when Jim gives golden when Gabriel blows his horn.
Click tabs to swap between content that is broken into logical sections.