Missouri State University
Max Hunter Folk Song Collection

Charles Gatieu

Cat. #1167 (MFH #105) - As sung by O.B. Campbell, Vinita, Oklahoma on August 9, 1971

VERSE 1
Come all you Christian people
An' listen unto me
An' likewise pay attention
To what I have to say
For th murder of James A. Garfield
I am compelled to die
On th thirtyth day of June
I'll meet my fatal doom

CHORUS:
My name is Charles Gatieu
My name I'll never deny
I leave my aged parents
Their sorrow for t' die
But little did I think
While in my youthful bloom
I'd be taken to th scaffold
T' meet my fatal doom

VERSE 2
It was down at th fatal depot
I tried to make my scape
But th people all being against me
I found myself to late
Judge Cox, he read th issue
Th clerk he wrote it down
On th thirtyth day of June
I'll meet my fatal doom

VERSE 3
My sister came to see me
To bid her last farewell
She threw her arms around me
An' wept most bitterly
She said, my dearest Brother,
For tomorrow you must die
On th thirtyth day of June
I'l meet my fatal doom

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