Sam Bass [Laws E4]

DESCRIPTION: Sam Bass, a cowpuncher and at first a kind-hearted fellow, turns to train robbery. Betrayed by an acquaintance named Jim Murphy, he is killed by a Texas Ranger
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1888 (Thorp)
KEYWORDS: cowboy death betrayal
HISTORICAL REFERENCES:
1878 - Death of Sam Bass near Round Rock, Texas
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MW,Ro,So,SW)
REFERENCES (25 citations):
Laws E4, "Sam Bass"
Belden, pp. 399-400, "Sam Bass" (1 text plus mention of 2 more)
Randolph 142, "Young Sam Bass" (1 text plus a long excerpt, 1 tune)
HIgh, pp. 17-18, "Sam Bass" (1 text)
Moore-Southwest 165, "Sam Bass" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-1ed, pp. 123-124, "Sam Bass" (1 text, 1 tune)
Friedman, p. 375, "Sam Bass" (1 text)
Sandburg, pp. 422-424, "Sam Bass" (1 text, 1 tune)
Thorp/Fife X, pp. 112-120 (24-26), "Sam Bass" (3 texts, 1 tune)
Fife-Cowboy/West 95, "Sam Bass" (1 text, 1 tune)
Larkin, pp. 158-161, "Sam Bass" (1 text, 1 tune)
Tinsley, pp. 174-179, "Sam Bass" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSUSA 81, "Sam Bass" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-ABFS, pp. 126-128, "Sam Bass" (1 text, 1 tune)
LPound-ABS, 66, pp. 149-152, "Sam Bass" (1 text)
Welsch, pp. 35-37, "Sam Bass" (1 text)
Finger, pp. 66-71, "Sam Bass" (1 text with inserts of recitation)
Burt, pp. 199-200, "Sam Bass" (1 short text)
Cohen-AFS2, pp. 421-422, "Sam Bass" (1 text)
JHJohnson, pp. 96-98, "Sam Bass" (1 text)
Shay-Barroom, pp. 9-10, "Sam Bass" (1 text)
Darling-NAS, pp. 190-191, "Sam Bass" (1 text)
Silber-FSWB, p. 196, "Sam Bass" (1 text)
Saffel-CowboyP, p. 204-205, "Sam Bass" (1 text)
DT 621, SAMBASS*

Roud #2244
RECORDINGS:
Harry "Mac" McClintock, "Sam Bass" (Victor 21420, 1928; on AuthCowboys, WhenIWas1)
Marc Williams, "Sam Bass" (Brunswick 304, 1929; rec. 1928)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Way Out in Idaho (I)" (tune)
NOTES: Report has it that Bass had his shootout with the police on July 20, 1878; he was captured the next day and died the day after. That July 22 is said to have been his 27th birthday.
This song has been attributed (e.g. by Thorpe) to a John Denton of Gainesville, Texas, and supposedly written in 1879, but most scholars think that multiple hands have been involved. - RBW
Last updated in version 4.2
File: LE04

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