"John Hardy" as written by Pd Traditional and J Baird....
John Hardy, he was a desperate little man
Carried two guns every day
Shot a man down by the West Virginia line
They saw John Hardy get away
They saw John Hardy get away

They cornered John Hardy on the Tombstone bridge
He thought that he was free
'Til the deputy sheriff came and grabbed him by the arm
Said "Johnny, come along with me"
"Johnny, come along with me"

John Hardy, he stood inside his cell
Tears running down his eyes
Said "I've seen the death of many a poor boy
Now I'm ready to die
Now I'm ready to die"

Well, I've been to the east and I've been to the west
I've been the whole world round
I've been to the north and I've been to the south
Now I'm going to my hanging ground
I'm going to my hanging ground

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"John Hardy" as written by Clarence Cooper Bob Carey

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    General CommentThis one is an old Leadbelly tune about a man that gets busted for murder and is about to get hung for his crime.
    SomethingCleveron May 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe poster of lyrics say it was written by Leadbelly, who probably added some lyrics, but this is a true American folk song. A few guys in the early 20th century actually copyrighted it, including one A.P. Carter.
    NESooneron December 14, 2007   Link

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