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Frankie and Johnny Frankie and Johnnie were lovers, Oh, Lordie how they could love! They swore to be true to each other, Just as true as the stars above, He was her man, but he done her wrong. Frankie and Johnnie went walking John in his brand new suit. Then, "oh good Lawd," says Frankie "Don't my Johnnie look real cute!" He was her man, but he done her wrong. Frankie she was a good woman, And Johnnie was a good man, And every dollar that she made Went right into Johnnie's hand, He was her man, but he done her wrong. Frankie went down tn the corner, Just for a bucket of beer. She said to the fat bartender, "Has my lovinest man been here7" He was her man, but he done her wrong. "I don't want to cause you no trouble, I don't want to tell you no lie; But I saw your man an hour ago With a gal named Alice Bly, And if he's your man, he's a-doing you wrong." Frankie looked over the transom, And found, to her great surprise, That there on the bed sat Johnnie, A-lovin' up Alice Bly. He was her man, but he done her wrong. Frankie drew back her kimono; She took out her little forty-four; Root-a-toot-toot, three times she shot Right through that hardwood floor, She shot her man, 'cause he done her wrong. Roll me over easy, Roll me over slow, Roll me on de right side, 'Cause de bullet hurt me so. I was her man, but I done her wrong. The judge said to the jury "It's as plain as plain can be This woman shot her lover It's murder in the second degree He was her man, though he done her wrong. This story has no moral This story has no end This story only goes to show That there ain't no good in men They'll do you wrong, just as sure as you're born DT #316 Laws I3 SOF
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