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John Hardy was a desperate little man.
He carried two guns every day.
He shot down a man on the West Virginia line,
And you out to seen John Hardy getting away, poor boy!
You out to seen John Hardy getting away.

John Hardy stood in that old bar room,
So drunk that he could not see.
The Marshall took John Hardy by his arm.
Said, "Johnny, you come and go with me, poor boy.
Johnny, you come and go with me."

John Hardy stood in that old jail cell.
The tears rolling from his eyes.
He said, "I've been the death of many a poor boy,
But my six shooter never told no lies, God knows!
That six shooter never told no lies."

The first one to visit John Hardy in his cell,
Was a little girl all dressed in blue.
She came down to that old jail cell,
Said, Johnny, I'll be true to you, God knows!
Johnny, I'll be true to you."

The next one to visit John Hardy in his cell,
Was a little girl all dressed in red.
She came down to that old jail cell,
Said, "Johnny, I had rather seen you dead, God knows.
Johnny I had rather seen you dead."

"I've been to the east and I've been to the west.
I've traveled this whole world round.
I've been to the river, and I've been baptized.
You can take me on to my burying ground, God knows!
Just take me on to my burying ground."

John Hardy was a desperate little man.
He carried two guns every day.
He shot down a man on the West Virginia line,
And you out to seen John Hardy getting away, poor boy!
You out to seen John Hardy getting away.

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from If My Luck Don't Change, released November 20, 2016

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Tin Cup Rattlers Chattanooga, Tennessee

Jeff and Marcy Paulson of the Tin Cup Rattlers love sharing old-time ballads, gospels, and folksongs in the tradition of their home in Southeast Tennessee. Their blend of clawhammer banjo, old-time harmonica, and mountain singing is original, yet demonstrates compelling reverence for tradition. This duo is drawn to time-honored tunes and their love for the music is infectious. ... more

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