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"Poor Goins"

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Come all you young people,
That live far and near,
I'll tell of a murder
That was done on the Nine Mile Spur.

They surrounded Poor Goins,
But Goins got away.
He went to Ely Boggs.
He went there to stay.

Ely Boggs, he foreknew him.
His life he did betray,
Saying, "Come and go with me,
And I'll show you a nigh way."

They started up Nine Mile Spur, boys.
They made no delay,
'Till they came across the crossroads,
Where Goins they did slay.

When they got in hearing,
They were lying mighty still.
"Your money's what we're after,
And Goins we will kill."

When they got in gunshot
They did bid him for to stand.
"Your money's what we're after.
Your life is in our hands."

Sweet heaven, Sweet heaven,
How loud he did cry,
"To think of my companion,
And now I have to die."

When the gun did fire,
It caused his horse to run.
The bullet failed to kill him.
George struck him with his gun.

After they had killed him,
With him they would not stay.
They drank up all his whiskey,
and then they rode away.

His wife, she was sent for.
She made no delay.
She found his grave dug
Along by the way.

"Go kill a man for riches
Or any such thing.
I pray the Lord have mercy
Till judgement kills the stings."

Sweet heaven, sweet heaven,
We heard her poor mourns.
"Here lies his poor body.
Where is his poor soul?"

For credit information, see audio credits page.

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Deathly Lyrics:
Songs of Virginia Tragedies


Audio Credits


Breeding Mill

Caty Sage


Dewey Lee


Freeda Bolt

Great Kanawha

Kent Steffie

Mollie Tynes

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