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Frankie and Johnnie by the Jazz Tuber Trio

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Published on Nov 20, 2009

From a concert on Jazz Treatments of Trauma and Resilience, featuring Jimmy Mazzy, banjo and vocals, Ted Casher, clarinet and tenor sax, and narration and tuba by Eli Newberger. To view the entire performance, please click here:
http://www.elinewberger.com
Traditional Lyrics as sung by Josh White:

Frankie and Johnnie were sweethearts,
Oh, Lordy, how they could love.
They swore to be true to each other,
As true as the stars above,

He was her man, but he was doing her wrong.

Now it wasn't murder in the 1st degree,
It wasn't murder in the 3rd,
Frankie, she merely dropped her man
Just like a hunter dropped the bird,

He was her man, but he was doing her wrong.

First time she shot him he staggered,
Next time she shot him he fell,
Next time she shot him, lordy, lord
There was a new mans face in hell.

He was her man, but he was doing her wrong.

Now I went downtown in Harlem
And as far as I could see
All I saw was a 2 string bow,
Playing Nearer My God to Thee.

All over town, poor Johnny's dead.

This story has no moral,
This story has no end,
This story only goes to show
There ain't no good in some men.

They'll do you wrong, just as sure as you're born!

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