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Frankie Silvers That dreadful dark and dismal day Has swept my glory all away My sun gone down, my life is spent An' I must leave this world at last Jedge Daniels has my sentence passed These prison walls I'll leave at last Nothing to cheer my drooping head Until I'm numbered with the dead Oh dreadful thought for any wife To try to take my husband's life By weeks an' months was all my time For me to do this awful crime Come you young folks and on me gaze Take warning how you spend your days My sun gone down, my life is past I leave this wicked world at last. DT #776 Laws E13 From Randolph, Ozark Folksongs, vol. 2 Collected from Marie Wilbur of Pineville MO in 1934 Charles Silver was murdered in 1831 and his wife hanged two years later. Some think this event inspired "Frankie and Johnny" SOF oct96
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