Mister Garfield

Lyrics Shared By: Jennifer

Johnny Cash:
About the time that Tombstone, Arizona was at its rip-roaring, wild, woolliest worst, President James Garfield was shot in broad daylight at a railway depot back east. Someone was heard to remark later, “I wonder if they’ll blame that on Jesse James too.” Well, if they did blame it on Jesse James, they didn’t for very long because they soon learned that it was Charlie Guiteau that shot down President Garfield.

Johnny, Carter Sisters, Statler Brothers:
Mr. Garfield been shot down, shot down, shot down, Mr. Garfield been shot down low

Johnny:
Me and my brother was down close to the depot when I heard the report of a pistol. My brother run out and come back in all excited and I said what was it and he said it was the report of a pistol and then he said

Johnny, Carter Sisters, Statler Brothers:
Mr. Garfield been shot down, shot down, shot down, Mr.. Garfield been shot down low

Johnny:
Lord, I knew the president was supposed to be at the depot that day and we just wouldn’t believe that he's shot but we'd run over there and there was so many folks around that we couldn't see him but some lady was standing there crying and I said, “Ma'am, what was it that happened, ma'am?” and she said

Johnny, Carter Sisters, Statler Brothers:
Mr. Garfield been shot down, shot down, shot down, Mr. Garfield been shot down low

Well, everybody drifted off toward home finally and they looked like they felt 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.” Well, when we got to his big house up there I asked a fellow I said, “Who was it that did it? Who was it that shot the president?” and he said it was Charlie Guiteau that shot Mr. Garfield and I said

Johnny, Carter Sisters, Statler Brothers:
Charlie Guiteau done shot down a good man, good man, Charlie Guiteau done shot down a good man low

Johnny:
I heard some fellow there that had been in the house to see the president and I sidled up him to listen to what he was telling and he said Mrs. Lucretia 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 said to Mrs. Lucretia, he said “Crete, honey,” he called her Crete, said “If something were to happen to me, after awhile you get yourself a good man.” And Mrs. Lucretia said, “James,” she called him James, she said, “I won't hear of that now.” She said, “I love you too much,” but he said

Johnny, Carter Sisters, Statler Brothers:
You'll make some good man a good wife, good wife,
You'll make some man a good, good wife

Carter Sisters and Statler Brothers:
Don't pull in single harness all your life, good gal
Don't pull in single harness all your life

Johnny:
That's what he said don't pull in single harness all your life. Well, a few days later I come back to where the president was resting and it seems 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 soldier boy there I said, “Is--is--is Mr Garfield--” and he said, “Yes, he's gone.”

Johnny, Carter Sisters, Statler Brothers:
Gonna lay him in that cold lonesome ground, down low
Gonna lay him in that cold lonesome ground
Well, they laid the President by that long cold branch, Mr. Garfield's been laid down low

Carter Sisters, Statler Brothers:
Mr Garfield been shot down, shot down, shot down, Mr. Garfield been shot down low
Mr Garfield been shot down, shot down, shot down, Mr. Garfield been shot down low
(Johnny: Mr Garfield has been shot down, Mr Garfield's been shot, Mr. Garfield been shot down low, Mr Garfield been shot down.)

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