As he ran his hand ‘cross his round bald head,
“Of that turrible night in Morgan’s Town
When Big Bart Barker shot Ed Stanley down?
‘Twur an awful sight!
“Things was usul in Morgan’s Saloon,
Jeb at the pianer played a lonesome tune,
And LiliLou, in a fancy red gown
Was drinkin’ with Clancy, who was feelin’ down.
Jist a reg’lar night.
“When the swingin’ door opened and who walked in
But Big Bart Barker, steeped in sin.
He looked around, and loudly said
‘Where’s my money?’ and he looked at ED.
Ed froze in fright.
“Then he stuttered and stammered, with shakin’ knees,
‘I only got half, I need time, Bart, please!’
Big Bart scowled and took a stride,
He glared at Ed, feet spread wide
‘Ya had till tonight!’
He reached to put his hand on his gun,
He glared around at everyone,
No one moved, we was all too scared,
So we all just sat around and stared
Like rabbits caught in a light.
“Then Big Ben slowly drew his gun,
Ed looked around for a place to run.
Ben raised his arm and took his aim
And shot, sayin’ ‘now I stake my claim!’
And Ed fell, a sad goodnight.
Bart looked ‘round the room and sneered,
Waved his gun, looked at Lili, leered,
Then backed outside and rode away.
Lili ran to Ed, then started to sway,
I caught and held her tight.
Lili and I soon left that town,
Found us a preacher, settled down,
Raised some kids, had a great life.
Lili was a perfect Ma, and wife.
But I’ll never fergit that night!”