“Jim Haggerty's Story”


The speaker and his companion go down to town, where the companion will confront a man hired to kill him. They enter the bar. The hired gun's girlfriend begs him not to shoot; the other is her father. But both men draw and fire and are killed


While this may be legitimate folklore (it has rather a tall tale feel), there is no evidence that it was ever a song, or traveled in the same traditional circles as ordinary folk songs. - RBW


  1. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 135-136, "Jim Haggerty's Story" (1 text)
  2. Roud #15550
  3. BI, LxA135


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934 (Lomax)