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Posted By: Charley Noble
11-Apr-07 - 10:16 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Boston Burglar
Subject: RE: Origins: Boston Burglar
Well, I finally dug up my copy of READ 'EM AND WEEP, edited by Sigmund Spaeth, © 1926. His discussion of "The Boston Burglar" is on pages 177-179 and Spaeth says that M. J. Fitzpatrick should be credited with the authorship, with the copyright being held by Edw. B. Marks Music Co. Here are the lyrics that he has:
I was born in Boston, a city we all know well –
Brought up by honest parents, the truth to you I'll tell,
Brought up by honest parents, and raised most tenderly,
Till I became a sporting man at the age of twenty-three.
My character was taken, and I was sent to jail,
My friends found it was in vain to get me out on bail;
The jury found me guilty, the clerk he wrote it down;
The Judge then passed my sentence and I was sent to Charlestown.
See my aged father, a-standing at the bar;
Likewise my aged mother, a-tearing of her hair;
Yes, tearing of her old gray locks, while the tears came pouring down,
Saying, "Son, dear son, what have you done, that you're sent to Chralestown?"
I was put on board an Eastern train, one cold December day,
And at ev'ry station that we passed I'd hear the people say,
"There goes the Boston Burglar, in strong chains he is bound,
For some great crime or another, he is off to Charlestown."
Is a girl in Boston, a girl that I love well,
And when I get my liberty, along with her I'll dwell,
And if ever I get my liberty, bad company I'll shun,
Likewise night prowling, gambling, and also drinking rum.
All you who have your liberty, pray keep it if you can,
And don't go 'round the streets at night to break the laws of man;
For if you do you'll surely rue, and find yourself like me,
Who is serving out a twenty-year year term, in the penitentiary.
Very similar to what has been posted above and what is inthe DT.