Jesse James Lyrics

Bruce Springsteen


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Ry Cooder
album: Track 2 in album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
release date: 2006-4-24
popularity : 7 users have visited this page.
length: 3:48
double bass: Jeremy Chatzky
mixer: Bob Clearmountain
recorded by: Toby Scott
violin: Sam Bardfeld and Soozie Tyrell
background vocals: Larry Eagle, Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg, Sam Bardfeld, Mark Clifford, Soozie Tyrell, Eddie Manion, Jeremy Chatzky and Frank Bruno
guitar: Frank Bruno
percussion & drums: Larry Eagle
saxophone: Eddie Manion
trombone: Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg
banjo: Mark Clifford
lead vocals & background vocals: Bruce Springsteen
assistant mixer: Brandon Duncan
assistant recorded by: Kevin Buell and Ross Peterson
organ & accordion & Hammond organ & piano: Charlie Giordano
mandolin & harmonica & percussion & Hammond organ & piano & guitar & tambourine: Bruce Springsteen
writer: [traditional], Billy Gashade
arranger: Bruce Springsteen

Cover Art

Bruce Springsteen We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions cover art
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Jesse James was a lad
That killed many a man
He robbed the Glendale train
He stole from the rich
And he gave to the poor
He'd a hand and a heart and a brain

Well it was Robert Ford
That dirty little coward
I wonder now how he feels
For he ate of Jesse's bread
And he slept in Jesse's bed
And he laid poor Jesse in his grave

Well Jesse had a wife
To mourn for his life
Three children
Now they were brave
Well that dirty little coward
That shot Mr. Howard
He laid poor Jesse in his grave

Well Jesse was a man
A friend to the poor
He'd never rob a mother or a child
There never was a man with the law in his hand
That could take Jesse James when alive

It was on a Sunday night
Well the moon was shining bright
They robbed the Glendale train
And people they did say o'er many miles away
It was those outlaws Frank and Jesse James

Well Jesse had a wife
To mourn for his life
Three children
Now they were brave
Well that dirty little coward
That shot Mr. Howard
He laid poor Jesse in his grave

Now the people held their breath
When they heard of Jesse's death
They wondered how he'd ever come to fall
Robert Ford it was a fact
He shot Jesse in the back
While Jesse hung a picture on the wall


Jesse went to rest with his head on his breast
The devil upon his knee
He was born one day in County Clay
And he came from a solitary race

Well Jesse had a wife
To mourn for his life
Three children
Now they were brave
Well that dirty little coward
That shot Mr. Howard
He laid poor Jesse in his grave


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Old Dan Tucker
  • 2 Jesse James
  • 3 Mrs. McGrath
  • 4 O Mary Don’t You Weep
  • 5 John Henry
  • 6 Erie Canal
  • 7 Jacob’s Ladder
  • 8 My Oklahoma Home
  • 9 Eyes on the Prize
  • 10 Shenandoah
  • 11 Pay Me My Money Down
  • 12 We Shall Overcome
  • 13 Froggie Went a Courtin’