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Otto Wood the Bandit Step up buddies and listen to my song I'll sing it to you right, but you may sing it wrong The song about a man they call Otto Wood I can't tell you all, but I wish I could He stopped in a pawn shop a rainy day And then he had a quarrel with the clerk, they say He pulled out his pistol and struck a fatal blow And this is the way the story goes Otto Wood, why didn't you run? Otto Wood, he's dead and gone Otto, why didn't you run When the sheriff pulled out his 44 gun They spread the news as fast as they could The sheriff served a warrant on Otto Wood The jury said murder in the second degree And the judge passed sentence to the peniteniary They put him in the pen, but it done no good 'Cause it wouldn't hold a man they call Otto Wood It wasn't very long till he slipped outside Pulled a gun on a guard, said, "Take me for a ride" The second time they caught him was way out west In a holdup game, he got shot through the breast They brought him back and when he got well They locked him down in a dungeon cell He was a man that could not run For he always toted a 44 gun He loved the women and he hated the law He just didn't take nobody's jaw He rambled out west and he rambled all around Till he met two sheriffs in a southern town They said, "Otto, step to the way For we've been expecting you every day" He pulled out his gun and then he said "Make a crooked move and you both fall dead You better crank up your car and take me out of town" But a few minutes later, he was graveyard bound recorded by Doc Watson printed in Sing Out SOF
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