Jesse James Lyrics

Bruce Springsteen


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Ry Cooder
album: Track 2 in album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
release date: 2006-4-24
popularity : 1 users have visited this page.
length: 3:48
violin: Sam Bardfeld, Soozie Tyrell
Hammond organ: Charlie Giordano, Bruce Springsteen
piano: Charlie Giordano, Bruce Springsteen
trombone: Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg
double bass: Jeremy Chatzky
percussion: Larry Eagle, Bruce Springsteen
drums: Larry Eagle
guitar: Frank Bruno, Bruce Springsteen
banjo: Mark Clifford
harmonica: Bruce Springsteen
mandolin: Bruce Springsteen
tambourine: Bruce Springsteen
saxophone: Eddie Manion
accordion: Charlie Giordano
organ: Charlie Giordano
assistant mix: Brandon Duncan
mix: Bob Clearmountain
recording: Toby Scott
assistant recording: Kevin Buell, Ross Peterson
background vocals: Bruce Springsteen, Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg, Sam Bardfeld, Jeremy Chatzky, Soozie Tyrell, Larry Eagle, Eddie Manion, Frank Bruno, Mark Clifford
lead vocals: Bruce Springsteen
lyricist: [unknown]

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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

  • 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’