“Jesse James (VII - "Jesse James Was a Bandit Bold")”


Jesse and Frank James come to town with ponies for sale. While there, they attend a ball, and have great success with the girls. The local men try to attack them, but Jesse and Frank out-fight them and escape to Mexico


This is item dE44 in Laws's Appendix II.

For full background on Frank and Jesse James, see the notes to "Jesse James (III)," the James song which has perhaps the strongest factual basis. - RBW


  1. Belden, pp. 401-404, "Jesse James" (3 texts, of which only the second, called "A Missouri Ballad" in the original publication, is this song)
  2. Roud #2242
  3. BI, Beld419b


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1909 (University Missourian)
Keywords: outlaw dancing escape
Found in: US(So)