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Cole County Jail Last night ass I lay sleeping I had a happy dream, I dreamed that I was standing Down by the violet stream. And some pretty girl was standing by me That 'd come to go my bail, But I woke up broken hearted All in the Cole County jail. Up stepped John Sherman About ten o'clock With some keys in his pocket Some cells for t'unlock Says, "Cheer you up, my prisoner" And I thought I heard him say, "You're bound for old Nashville Five long year to stay." Up stepped my true lover With ten dollars in her hand, Says, "Take this dear Johnny 'Tis all that I command, May Heaven's guide and protect you Wherever you may go T'was the devils snatch that jury That sent you far below. I used to wear a white hat Ride a horse and saddle fine. I used to court a pretty fair miss And of course I called her mine. I courted her for beauty And 'er love to me did gain, Till they sent me down to old Nashville To wear the ball and chain. From the Max Hunter Folk Song Collection Collected from Fred High, AR 1958 RG apr00
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