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Tiger Lyr Req: Keep Away From Bad Companions (20) Lyr Add: A GANGSTER'S WARNING (Gene Autry) 28 Oct 11

An old Gene Autry number I learned from my father-in-law about 45 years ago.

A Gangster's Warning Gene Autry
Words and music by Gene Autry
Copyright 1932 by M. M. Cole Publishing Company

I was brought up by kind parents,
I once was their pride and joy.
I started drinking and gambling,
Wild life got the best of their boy.
Some pals took me out on a robbery,
I thought just once would be fun.
But one crime led to another,
Till it led to the use of a gun.

In my pocket I carry a pistol.
It's never away from my side.
The notches that's carved in its handle,
Tells how more than one man has died.
I'm leading a trail that is crooked,
My foes lurk 'round ev'ry bend.
I know some day they will get me,
I dread to think of the end.

It seems there's no hope for a gangster,
Not a moment of peace to be found.
Whereever I go, I am hunted
Like a fox that is chased by a hound.
It's true I would like to be honest
But I know it's too late to begin
When you join with the gangsters,
It's a game you must play to the end.

I wish I had listened to mother,
She said there would be days like this.
I've lost all my true friends and sweetheart,
No more will I know love's sweet bliss.
So young men keep away from bad company,
That's how I started in wrong,
And if your pals try to tempt you,
Remember the words of this song.

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