Pretty Boy Floyd

Album: Dust Bowl Ballads (1958)
  • If you'll gather 'round me, children
    A story I will tell
    Pretty Boy Floyd, an outlaw
    Oklahoma knew him well

    It was in the town of Shawnee
    It was Saturday afternoon
    His wife beside him in his wagon
    As into town they rode

    There a deputy sheriff approached him
    In a manner rather rude
    Using vulgar words of language
    An' his wife she overheard

    Pretty Boy grabbed a log chain and the deputy grabbed his gun
    And in the fight that followed he laid that deputy down

    There's a many a-starving farmers
    The same old story told
    How this outlaw paid their mortgage
    And saved their little homes

    Others tell you of a stranger
    That come to beg a meal
    And underneath his napkin
    Left a thousand-dollar bill

    It was in Oklahoma City
    It was on a Christmas Day
    There was a whole carload of groceries
    With a letter that did say

    "Well, you say that I'm an outlaw, you say that I'm a thief
    Here's a Christmas dinner for the families on relief"

    Now, as through this world I ramble
    I seen lots of funny men
    Some will rob you with a six-gun
    Some with a fountain pen

    But as through your life you travel
    And as through your life you roam
    You won't ever see an outlaw
    Drive a family from their home Writer/s: WOODY GUTHRIE
    Publisher: BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
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