Cole County Jail

Cat. #0035 (MFH #84) - As sung by Fred High, High, Arkansas on February 12, 1958

Last night, as I lie sleeping
I had a happy dream
I dreamed that I was standing
Down by th violet stream
And some pretty girl was standing by me
That'd come to go my bail
But I woke up broken hearted
All in th Cole County jail

Up stepped John Sherman
About ten o'clock
With some keys in his pocket
Some cells fot t' unlock
Says, cheer you up, my prisoner
And I thought I heard him say,
You're bound for old Nashville
Five long years to stay

Up stepped my true lover
With ten dollars in her hand
Says, take this dear Johnny
T'is all that I command
May Heaven's guide and protect you
Wherever you may go
T'was the devils snatch that jury
That sent you far below

I used to wear a white hat
Ride a horse and saddle fine
I used to court a pretty fair miss
And of course, I called her mine
I courted her for beauty
And 'er love to me did gain
Till they sent me down to old Nashville
To wear th ball an' chain