Who Sang Pretty Boy Floyd? Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie Library of Congress Recordings cover art

Some other versions of "Pretty Boy Floyd"
writers: Woody Guthrie
release date: 1964
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country/Folk
length: 6:14
If you'll gather 'round me, children,
A story I will tell
'Bout Pretty Boy Floyd, an outlaw,
Oklahoma knew him well.

It was in the town of Shawnee,
A Saturday afternoon,
His wife beside him in his wagon
As into town they rode.

There a deputy sheriff approached him
In a manner rather rude,
Vulgar words of anger,
An' his wife she overheard.

Pretty Boy grabbed a log chain,
And the deputy grabbed his gun;
In the fight that followed
He laid that deputy down.

Then he took to the trees and timber
To live a life of shame;
Every crime in Oklahoma
Was added to his name.

But a many a starving farmer
The same old story told
How the outlaw paid their mortgage
And saved their little homes.

Others tell you 'bout a stranger
That come to beg a meal,
Underneath his napkin
Left a thousand dollar bill.

It was in Oklahoma City,
It was on a Christmas Day,
There was a whole car load of groceries
Come with a note to say:

Well, you say that I'm an outlaw,
You say that I'm a thief.
Here's a Christmas dinner
For the families on relief.

Yes, as through this world I've wandered
I've seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun,
And some with a fountain pen.

And as through your life you travel,
Yes, as through your life you roam,
You won't never see an outlaw
Drive a family from their home.

Vinyl 1
  • 1 Lost Train Blues
  • 2 Railroad Blues
  • 3 Rye Whiskey
  • 4 Old Joe Clark
  • 5 Beaumont Rag
  • 6 Texas Oil Field
  • 7 Greenback Dollar
  • 8 Boll Weevil Song
  • 9 So Long, It's Been Good to Know You
  • 10 Talking Dust Bowl Blues
  • 11 Do-Re-Mi
    Vinyl 2
  • 1 Hard Times
  • 2 Pretty Boy Floyd
  • 3 They Laid Jesus Christ in His Grave
  • 4 Jolly Banker
  • 5 I Ain't Got No Home
  • 6 Dirty Overalls
  • 7 Chain Around My Leg
  • 8 Worried Man Blues
  • 9 Lonesome Valley
  • 10 Walking Down That Railroad Line
    Vinyl 3
  • 1 Goin' Down That Road Feeling Bad
  • 2 Dust Storm Disaster
  • 3 Foggy Mountain Top
  • 4 Dust Pneumonia Blues
  • 5 California Blues
  • 6 Dust Bowl Refugees
  • 7 Will Rogers Highway
  • 8 Los Angeles New Year's Flood

  • Album Information
    label: Elektra
    country(area): United States
    format: Vinyl
    script: Latin