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Wild Bill Jones [core]

As I walked out for to take a little walk
I walked upon that 5 Wild Bill 1 Jones
He was a-walkin' and a-talkin' by my true lover's side
I bid him to 5 leave her a 1 lone

He said, my age, it is twenty-one
Too old for to be controlled
I pulled my revolver from my side
And destroyed that poor boy's soul

So pass around that long neck bottle
And we'll all go on a spree
For today was the last of that Wild Bill Jones
And tomorrow'll be the last of me

He reeled and he staggered and he fell to the ground
And then he gave one dying groan
I threw my arms around my darlin's neck
Saying, baby, won't you please come home

They sent me to prison for twenty long years
This poor boy longs to be free
But Wild Bill Jones and that long neck bottle
Has made a ruin of me

Available in these books:

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Core Songs Edition
100 songs and our acclaimed play-by-ear learning method.
Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
The first two books feature large-print lyrics (20-point type) and include chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

...and on these CDs:

Five CDs, 100 songs. Recordings from the Abbott family and their friends.
Listen to sample tracks.

The MP3 collection has all 100 songs on one CD for a discount. See details.


A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear. http://ToneWay.com