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Crossbones Skully, song lyrics

Song: Crossbones Skully
Lyrics: Aunt Molly Jackson(1)

Music:
Year: 1930's (2)
Genre: Folk
Country: USA


As I went walking down Peacock Street,
No clothes on my back, no shoes on my feet.
I was cold and hungry, it was late in the fall.
I knocked down some old big shot, took his clothes, money and all.

CHORUS:
Oh, tell me how long must I wait for a job?
I don't like to have to steal, I don't like to have to rob.

When I took everything this old big shot had
They called me a robber, yes, they called me bad.
They called me a robber, yes, they called me bad.
Because misery and starvation drove me mad.
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(CHORUS)

They locked me up for a year and a day
For taking that old big shot's money away,
Now they turned me out about an hour ago,
To walk the streets in the rain and snow.
No clothes on my back, no food to eat,
Now a man can't live by just walkin' the street.

(CHORUS)

I've no money for room rent, no place to sleep
Now a man can't live by just walkin' the street
Now a man can't live by just walking up and down the street.
I'd be sorry to my heart if I have to repeat;
If I knocked down some old big shot and take away his kale,
Them they'll put me back in that lousy old jail.
Then...


Notes:

1 - Aunt Molly Jackson (1880-1960), in the Encyclopedia of Appalachia, University of Tennessee Press

2 - Library of Congress Recordings, recorded May 1939, but date written, unknown. Crossbones Scully