John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man
John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man-The Carter Family
Sara Carter, vocal, Maybelle Carter, guitar in C position, standard tuning
John Hardy, he was a desperate little man
He carried two guns every day
He shot a man on the West Virginia line
And you ought to seen John Hardy getting away
John Hardy, he got to the East Stone Bridge
He thought that he would be free
And it's up stepped a man and took him by his arm
Says, "Johnny, walk along with me."
He sent for his Poppy and his Mommy, too
To come and go his bail
But money won't go a murdering case,
And they locked John Hardy back in jail
John Hardy, he had a pretty little girl
The dress that she wore was blue
As she came skipping through the old jail hall
Saying, "Poppy, I've been through [sic] to you."
John Hardy, he had another little girl
The dress that she wore was red
She followed John Hardy to his hanging ground
Saying, "Poppy, I would rather be dead."
"I've been to the East and I've been to the West,
I've been this wide world around,
I've been to the river and I've been baptized,
And it's now I'm on my hanging ground."
John Hardy walked down on his scaffold high,
With his loving little wife by his side
And the last words she heard her John-o say,
"I'll meet you in the sweet bye and bye."
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