Dupree (2) Dupree was a bandit; he was so brave and bol'; He stoled a diamond ring for some of Betty's jelly roll Betty tol' Dupree, "I want a diamond ring." Dupree tol' Betty, "I'll give you anything." "Michigan water taste like cherry wine, The reason I know: Betty drink it all the time. "I'm going away to the end of the railroad track Nothing but sweet Betty can bring me back Dupree tol' the lawyer, "Clear me if you can For I have money to back me, sure as I'm a man The lawyer tol' Dupree, You are a very brave man But I think you will go to jail and hang" Dupree tol' the judge, "I am not so brave and bol' But all I wanted was Betty's jelly roll The judge tol' Dupree, "Jelly roll's gonna be your ruin "No, no, judge, for that is what I done quit doing" The judge tol' Dupree, "I beleive you quit too late Because it is already your fate DT #794 Laws E24 From A. Friedman, Penguin Book of Folk Ballads This happened in 1921 in Atlanta SOF oct96
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