Sung by: J.D. Stark
Recorded in Heber Springs, AR 9/5/61

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I was borned and raised in Louisville,
A city that you all know well.
Brought up by honest parents,
The truth to you I’ll tell.
Brought up by honest parents,
And raised most soberly,
‘Til I became a burglar
At the age of twenty-three.

Then I was arrested,
Locked in the Louisville jail.
My friends and my relations
Tried getting me out on bail.
The jury found me guilty,
The clerk, he wrote it down.
The judge, he passed a sentence,
Twenty-one years in . . .

(Dr. Wolf: “Mr. J.D. Stark put down the tune to ‘The Louisville Burglar’ for me on that tape. He’d sung the whole thing before, but the tape was destroyed. However, I have the words elsewhere.”)

Also found in Randolph, Vol. II, #136.

All Songs Recorded by John Quincy Wolf, Jr., unless otherwise noted

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