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"Charles Guiteau" performed by Clay Riness

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Published on Jan 15, 2009

Click MORE INFO for lyrics. Clay Riness covers this traditional tune. 1989 footage from the "Walk Along John" recording sessions at OM Studios, Boscobel, WI.


"Charles Guiteau"
(public domain)


Come all you Christian people wherever you may be.
And likewise pay attention to these few lines from me.
On the thirtieth day of June I am condemned to die
For the murder of James A. Garfield upon the scaffold high.

Chorus:
My name is Charles Guiteau. My name I'll ne'er deny.
To leave my aged parents in sorrow for to die.
And little did I think while in my youthful bloom
I'd be carried to the scaffold to meet my fatal doom.

I tried to play off insane but found it would not do.
The people all against me, it proved to be no show.
Judge Cox passed the sentence, the clerk he wrote it down.
On the thirtieth day of June to die I was condemned.

Repeat Chorus

Now I'm at the scaffold to bid you all adieu.
The hangman now is waiting. It's quarter after two.
The black cap's on my face and no longer can I see
But when I'm dead and buried Lord, please remember me.

Repeat Chorus

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