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Lyrics by: Jack Elliott
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15 Jul '65 Country

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Mister Garfield's been shot down, shot down, shot down Mister Garfield's been shot down low Me and my brother was down close to the depot When I heard the report of a pistol My brother ran out and came back in all excited And I said "What was it?" And he said," It was the report of a pistol" And then he said.... Mister Garfield's been shot down, shot down, shot down Mister Garfield's been shot down low Lawd, I knew the President was supposed to be at the depot that day And we just wouldn't believe he was shot But we ran over there And there was so many folks around we couldn't see him But some lady was standing there crying And I said," Ma'am what was it that happened?" And she said... Mister Garfield's been shot down, shot down, shot down Mister Garfield's been shot down low Well everyone drifted off toward home finally And they looked like they felt just about as bad as I did But in a few weeks I heard that the President was still alive And I told my brother I said, " Let's get on that train and go to where he's laid up hurt"


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Well, when we got to his big house up there I asked a feller I said," Who was it that did it? Who was it that shot the President" And he said," It was Charlie Guiteau that shot Mister Garfield" And I said.... Charlie Guiteau done shot down a good man, good man Charlie Guiteau done shot down a good man low I heard some feller there that had been in the house to see the President I siddled up to him to listen what he was telling And he said that Mrs. Lucreesha Garfield was always at his side In the heat of the day fanning him when he was hot He said that just that day the President had said to Mrs. Lucreesha He said," Creet honey..." ( he called her Creet) Said," If something worse happens to me after a while You go get yourself a good man" And Mrs. Lucreesha said," James..." (she called him James) She said," I won't hear to that now, I love you too much" But he said.... You'll make some good man a good wife, good wife You'll make some man a good, good wife Don't pull a single harness all your life good gal' Don't pull a single harness all your life That's what he said, " Don't pull a single harness all your life" A few days later I came back to where the President was resting And it seemed everybody was crying The flag was hanging halfway up the flagpole in front of the house And everybody looked so sad and I asked a soliderboy there I said,"Is-Is Mis-Mister Garfield....?" And he said," Yes, he's gone" Gonna lay him in that cold lonesome ground down low Gonna lay him in that cold lonesome ground Mister Garfield's been laid in that cold lonesome ground below Mister Garfield's been laid down low Mister Garfield's been shot down, shot down, shot down Mister Garfield's been shot down low (Fade ........................) Mister Garfield's been shot down, shot down, shot down Mister Garfield's been shot down low

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