Poor Boy In Jail

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Poor Boy In Jail-Dock Boggs
Banjo in gDGBD tuning in G, Mike Seeger, guitar in G position, standard tuning

Oh my Mama's in the cold, cold ground
My Daddy, he went away
My sister married a gamblin' man, and
Now I'm gone astray

I sits here in this old jail, and I
Do the best I can,
Just a-thinking about the woman I love,
She ran away with another man

She ran away with another man, poor boy,
She ran away with another man
Just a-thinking about the woman I love,
She ran away with another man

I went out on the p-rairie, and I
Stopped the Katy train
Took a bag of mail from standing there, and I
Walked away in the rain

They got the bloodhounds on me, and they
Run me up a tree. Said,
"Come down from there, my boy, and
Go to the penitentiary."

I said, "Mister judge, mister judge, what you
Going to do to me?" Say, "If the
Jury finds you guilty, my boy, we're going to
Send you to the penitentiary."

They took me to the railroad station,
A train come rolling by
I looked in the window, saw the woman I loved, and I
Hung my head and cry

I hung my head in shame, poor boy,
I hung my head and cry
I looked in the window, saw the woman I loved, and I
Hung my head and cry.

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