Leadbelly, accordion and vocal
John Hardy, he was a desperate little man
He carried two guns every day
He shot a man on the West Virginia line
Might've seen John Hardy gettin' away, poor boy,
Might've seen John Hardy gettin' away
John Hardy went up on that Freestone Bridge
Thought he would be free
Up steps a man, and he caught him by the arm
Says, "Johnny, come and go with me, poor boy." Says,
"Johnny, come and go with me."
John Hardy had a mother and a father, too
He sent for them to come and go his bail
There wasn't no bail out for a murderin' man
They shoved John Hardy back in jail, poor boy,
They shoved John Hardy back in jail
John Hardy, he had a pretty little wife
The dress she wore was blue
She come to the jailhouse with a loud shout,
Sayin', "Johnny, I been true to you, poor boy."
Sayin', "Johnny, I been true to you."
John Hardy was standing in his cell
The tears a-rollin' down his eyes
Sayin', "I have been the death of a many poor man,
And now I am ready to die, poor boy,
And now I am ready to die."
"I've been to the East, I've been to the West,
I've been this whole wide world around.
I've been to the rive and I've been baptized,
Now take me to my hangin' ground, Lord, Lord,
Just take me to my hangin' ground."
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