Death Of A Brother

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This song is about the death of Jim Younger's younger (!!) brother Robert.
He died in jail of what was then called consumption.
Robert is said to have convinced Cole, and later Jim, to join in the Northfield raid planned by the James brothers.
But it can also be seen as a parable...

lyrics

There was a man called Robert Younger
The young Robert was now slowly dying
Sayin’ what a bad piece of business it was
Indeed
And very foolish

Where’s the good boy gone?
Where’s the good boy gone?
He’s gone down to death’s door
He’s gone down to his grave

When the hour of goin’ came
He was still layin’ behind the bars
He must die in prison, they said,
Of the poor boy dyin’, the poor boy dyin’

He’s but a shadow now
He’s but a shadow now
Where’s the good boy gone?
Where’s the good boy gone?
He’s gone down to death’s door
He’s gone down to his grave

A last picture was took
At the eve of Robert’s death
The faint smiles can’t hide
The sorrow in their eyes

He’s but a shadow, he’s but a shadow, he’s but a shadow now
He’s but a shadow, he’s but a shadow, he’s but a shadow now
He’s but a shadow, he’s but a shadow, he’s but a shadow now

credits

from No Human Tongue Can Tell, released August 17, 2018

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