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Frankie

(Traditional)

Lyrics

Frankie was a good girl
Everybody knows
She'd pay one hundred dollars
For Albert's suit of clothes

He's her man and he did her wrong
He's her man and he did her wrong

Frankie went down to the corner saloon
And she didn't go to belong
She peeped through the key hole in the door
Spied Albert in Alice's arms

He's my man and he's doing me wrong
He's my man and he's doing me wrong

Frankie caught old Albert
Albert said that I don't care
If you don't come to the woman you love
I'm gonna haul you out of here

Cause he's my man and you was doing me wrong
Cause your my man and you keep doing me wrong

Frankie shot old Albert
And she shot him three or four times
Let me blow the smoke of my gun
Let me see it fall by stein

Cause he's my man but he keeps doing me wrong
He's my man but he keeps doing me wrong

Frankie and the judge walked down the stein
Walked up side by side
The judge says to Frankie
Your gonna be justified

For killing your man cause he done you wrong
Killing your man and he done you wrong

Dark was the night
Cold was the day
The last words that Frankie said was
I laid old Albert down

Cause he's my man and he was doing me wrong
Yeah he's my man and kept doing me wrong

Ain't gonna tell no story
I ain't gonna tell no lies
But Albert passed here 'bout an hour ago
With a girl named Alice fine

And he's your man but he kept doing you wrong
Yeah he's your man but he was doing you wrong
He's my man but he was doing me wrong
He's my man but he kept doing me wrong

Versions

Original (4:33) Harry Smith Project: The Anthology 2006