Ballad Of Jesse James And Lester Quinn

down along the border where the agents prowl around
the dogs begin a-barkin’ as their footbeats hit the ground
where they look the other way and no one dares to make a sound
‘cept to say that Jesse James and Lester Quinn are back in town

preachers preach the gospel as the light begins to fade
and all the downtown ladies they all go out on parade
and no one sees the one who watches from the shade
and Jesse James and Lester Quinn are lookin’ to get paid

the sergeant and the constable both play a game of chance
all is very hopeless you can tell it at a glance
and beneath the fading neon the legend of romance
and Jesse James and Lester Quinn are lookin’ for their chance

the watch tower guard from the penitentiary
magnifies his eyes to make it easier to see
and everybody knows about bad company
and Jesse James and Lester Quinn are shootin’ for the first degree

there’s a shootout at the station and the paddy wagon comes
the hero is rewarded and they hang him by his thumbs
there is really never nothing new above the sun
and Jesse James and Lester Quinn done got you on the run

it’s all so very real it will make your head spin
you play it wrong you lose, you play it right you’re bound to win
and if you don’t believe it, well you better think again
or take your lessons from Jesse James and Lester Quinn