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Series J - suggest possible Generally Ignorance questions?

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907875.  Tue May 08, 2012 12:37 pm Reply with quote

I thout it was fairly well known that Jesse James was shot in the back by Bob Ford, with the latter often portrayed as a coward and/or betrayer in music and films for his action.

907948.  Wed May 09, 2012 3:09 am Reply with quote

The 2007 film's full title was "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" which kinda sums up the writer's feelings on the matter.

908167.  Wed May 09, 2012 8:12 pm Reply with quote

I had a part as an extra in that. The railcar scenes which were shot in Edmonton.

908171.  Wed May 09, 2012 8:46 pm Reply with quote

As recorded by the man from Noo Joizy a few years back

Jesse James was a lad that killed many a man,
He robbed the Glendale train,
He stole from the rich and he gave to the poor,
He'd a hand and a heart and a brain.

Well it was Robert Ford, that dirty little coward,
I wonder how he feel,
For he ate of Jesse's bread and he slept in Jesse's bed,
Then he laid poor Jesse in his grave.

Well Jesse had a wife to mourn for his life
Three children now they were brave
Well that dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard
He laid poor Jesse in his grave

Jesse was a man, a friend to the poor,
He'd never rob a mother or a child
There never was a man with the law in his hand
That could take Jesse James alive

It was on a Saturday night and the moon was shining bright,
They robbed the Glendale train,
And people they did say o'er many miles away
It was those outlaws,Ther're Frank and Jesse James

Now the people held their breath when they heard of Jesse's death,
And wondered how he ever came to fall
Robert Ford,It was a fact,He shot Jesse in the back
While Jesse hung a picture on the wall

Now Jesse went to rest with his hand on his breast,
The devil will be upon his knee.
He was born one day in the County Clay,
And he came from a solitary race.

First recorded in 1924. Apparently, the first film about him was made in 1921, with James' own son in the role. A bit creepy if you ask me.

908328.  Thu May 10, 2012 11:04 am Reply with quote

I was looking for that 1924 original by Bascom Lamar Lunsford, but it seems not to be on YouTube.

So instead, here's a version by Pete Seeger. Mr Seeger plays it here on banjo, as did Mr Lunsford, so it probably didn't sound vastly diferent from this.

By the by, I've just discovered that Pete Seeger is still alive - I think I probably he thought he'd been dead twenty years. He turned 93 last week.


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