Bruce Rits Gilbert

The Greatest Bank Robber of All Time

06:54
Bruce Rits Gilbert & the Missing Years
2018
Bruce Rits Gilbert & the Missing Years

Lyrics

The Greatest Bank Robber of All Time

 

Verse 1

With bank robbery on his mind

George Leslie was starting anew

As a mastermind he was a natural

So George got himself his very own crew

 

Verse 2

A small time criminal and thug

 Thomas Draper was known around town as “Shang”

With an oversized handlebar mustache

Shang joined the George Leslie gang

 

 

Verse 3

Early on a Saturday morning

 The crew slipped into the Ocean National Bank

The Little Joker opened the safe

George took every dollar, pound and franc

 

Chorus

Oh, oh George Leslie

The greatest bank robber of all time

Oh, oh George Leslie

He never got caught for his crime

 

 

Verse 4

With her long red hair and piercing blue eyes

Babe Irving slipped into the saloon

Shang starred at Babe and said, “oh my”

He poured a drink and started to swoon

 

Verse 5

Shang threw down a shot of whiskey

 Babe winked at Shang and said, “come on by”

They got married just a few weeks later

But Babe also caught George Leslie’s eye

 

Verse 6

George now was a high society guy

While robbing banks nationwide

Living a double life lie

George and Babe had a thing on the side

 

Chorus

Oh, oh George Leslie

The greatest bank robber of all time

Oh, oh George Leslie

He never got caught for his crime

 

 

Verse 7

Fifty bank robberies later

George had a meticulous plan

To pull off one more bank robbery

The greatest in the entire land

 

Verse 8

The whole gang gathered together

To rehearse in a downtown warehouse space

George Leslie led the crew step-by-step

And the plans they were all in place

 

Verse 9

                                               

The target was the main depository

For the wealthiest folks of the day

The Manhattan Savings Bank

Corner of Bleeker Street and Broadway

 

Chorus

Oh, oh George Leslie

The greatest bank robber of all time

Oh, oh George Leslie

He never got caught for his crime

 

 

Verse 10

George said “Come on, let’s go”

It’s breakin’ and enterin’ time

They headed down to Bleeker Street

But George had sweet Babe on his mind

 

Verse 11

The gang got away with one big haul

Scattered from the bank before daybreak

Shang went looking for his wife

But all he found was deep heartache

 

Verse 12

George Leslie disappeared after the heist

Shang tracked him down on the Upper West Side

He found George and Babe in a hotel room

Shang shot them both smack between their eyes

 

Chorus

Oh, oh George Leslie

The greatest bank robber of all time

Oh, oh George Leslie

He never got caught for his crime

But he died for his roving eye