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• “Kinnie Wagner”

Sung by Al (Altoona) Craver, alias of Vernon Dalhart, prepared by Andrew Jenkins and recorded Feb. 16, 1926.


There was a male in Tennessee

Kinnie Wagner was his identify

He received into lousy organization

And murderer he became

Though down in Mississippi

The trouble it began

For Kinnie acquired a pistol there

And shot him down a male.

They place bad Kinnie in the jail

It was on a person Christmas Day

There was no a person to go his bail

But he created his getaway

He went to see his sister

Way up in Tennessee

And there they caught poor Kinnie

And took his liberty

They drove him to the river entrance

On a person mild April working day

And there lousy Kinnie drew his gun

Much too daring did he perform

They took bad Kinnie back to jail

The decide to him did say

“Your sentence shall be dying, my boy”

But Kinnie got absent.

• “Kinnie Wagner’s Surrender”

The track was a stick to-up to “Kinnie Wagner,” sung by Dalhart, created by Jenkins, recorded Sept. 13, 1926 and issued that yr and in 1927. One more version was listed as by Craver.

The similar track was sung by Ernest Stoneman and recorded in 1927 and issued in that year and 1928. Aliases for Stoneman utilised on some releases were being Uncle Jim Seany and Uncle Ben Hawkins.


I’m confident you’ve listened to my tale

From the Kinnie Wagner music,

How down in Mississippi

I took the street that is incorrect.

It was down in Mississippi

Where I murdered my to start with male,

When the sheriff there at Leachville

For justice took his stand.

Then I went from Mississippi

To the point out of Tennessee,

Two men went down just before me

As I took my liberty.

I wandered to the nation,

I by no means could discover relaxation,

’Til I went to Texarkana

Absent out in the west.

Yet again I began drinking,

And once more I pulled my gun,

And in just a solitary minute

The lethal do the job was carried out.

The sheriff was a woman,

But she obtained the fall on me

I quit the recreation and surrendered,

Gave up my liberty.

I’m now in Mississippi,

And I shortly shall know my destiny

I’m ready for my demo,

But I do not dread my destiny.

For however the sunshine is shining,

The sky is blue and good

But my heart is not repining

For I do not dread the chair.

I have experienced my worldly pleasures,

I’ve confronted a lots of a person,

But it was down in Texarkana

In which a girl called my hand.

Younger males, younger adult males, get warning,

Oh consider my past assistance:

If you begin the video game in everyday living erroneous

You have to absolutely pay back the value.

• “The Ballad of Kinnie Wagner”

This tune was the past in a trilogy of sorts sung by Dalhart. It also was named “The Fate of Kinnie Wagner” sung by Craver (Dalhart) and Carson Robison. The Dalhart version was recorded Nov. 8, 1926.


It was down in Mississippi,

(or Way down in Mississippi)

Not numerous decades back,

A youthful guy started off out in daily life,

A life of sin and woe.

Now Kinnie Wagner was his identify,

A bandit daring and free of charge

He shot down Sheriff McIntosh

And fled to Tennessee.

(or Then he went to Tennessee)

He was captured up in Tennessee

And place into the jail

He had no one to help him out,

No one to go his bail.

But Kinnie broke the jail a single night

And he designed his getaway

He assumed that he could go by way of life

And never ever have to pay back.

It was out in Texarkana

Wherever Kinnie satisfied his destiny

A girl sheriff identified as his hand

And he pulled his gun too late.

He was taken back again for demo

Suitable where by the deed was performed,

The decide to Kinnie turned and reported,

“No a lot more you are going to pull your gun.”

For Kinnie Wagner broke the regulation

And he threw his lifestyle away,

And proper guiding the prison bars

He’ll sit until judgment working day.

So folks choose honest warning

And heed this type advice,

Don’t ever split the guidelines of God,

You are going to often have to fork out.

Take note that these music stray from the information and order of activities in Wagner’s lifetime from time to time. For instance, he turned himself in to the female sheriff in Arkansas, and he turned himself in just after the Tennessee shootings. Also, Wagner very likely could not have acquired bail on a murder demand and the Mississippi killing was Christmas Eve soon after a November escape. In addition, it must be Leakesville alternatively of Leachville, while some variations checklist it as Leakesville. To additional confuse factors, the first Mississippi rates had been from pursuits in George County, Mississippi, near Lucedale.

Altoona or Al Carver was a pseudonym for Marion Try out Slaughter, but he was most effective known by the phase name Vernon Dalhart. In “Kennie Wagner’s Surrender,” listen to the song carefully to listen to Dalhart pronounce Mississippi in a drawn-out way.

Andrew Jenkins was a preacher who went blind in 1938. He wrote a lot more than 800 music and sang with his relatives. Lots of have been about present-day events and frequently experienced a ethical of miniature sermon as the previous verse. or blog posts/arts-lifestyle/andrew-jenkins-1885-1957

An FBI file gives Carson Robinson, an affiliate of Dalhart, credit rating for writing and singing one song. Robinson and Dalhart had been musical associates for a though but afterwards parted techniques.

Ernest Stoneman helped Ralph Peer . do the historic 1928 Bristol Classes in Bristol, Tennessee, identified as the “Big Bang” of nation songs. Uncle Jim Seany and Uncle Ben Hawkins have been pseudonyms for Stoneman.

Among those people uncovered in those people periods was The Carter Loved ones, from Maces Springs or Hiltons, Virginia, in Scott County. The Carter descendants nevertheless reside not much too significantly from wherever Wagner grew up where by he turned himself in for the Kingsport killings in 1925 where he was recaptured soon after just about 3 a long time out of a Mississippi prison by the FBI in 1943 and exactly where he was buried in 1958. Even so, The Carter Spouse and children never unveiled a recording about Kinnie Wagner.

Sources: FBI memos from the 1940s, on line audio archives,, murderpedia,, and the backlinks to the music recordings.

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