From the recording Well, I'm Sixty-Four

Lyrics

The Greatest Bank Robber of All Time

Verse 1
D G
With bank robbery on his mind
A D
George Leslie was starting anew
D G
As a mastermind he was a natural
A D
So George got himself his very own crew

Verse 2
D G
A small time criminal and thug
A D
Thomas Draper was known around town as “Shang”
D G
With an oversized handlebar mustache
A D
Shang joined the George Leslie gang


Verse 3
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Early on a Saturday morning
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The crew slipped into the Ocean National Bank
Em A D G
The Little Joker opened the safe
Em A D
George took every dollar, pound and franc

Chorus
G D
Oh, oh George Leslie
G D
The greatest bank robber of all time
G D
Oh, oh George Leslie
G A D
He never got caught for his crime

Instrumental D G A D



Verse 4
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With her long red hair and piercing blue eyes
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Babe Irving slipped into the saloon
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Shang starred at Babe and said, “oh my”
A D
He poured a drink and started to swoon

Verse 5
D G
Shang threw down a shot of whiskey
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Babe winked at Shang and said, “come on by”
D G
They got married just a few weeks later
A D
But Babe also caught George Leslie’s eye

Verse 6
Em A D G
George now was a high society guy
Em A D
While robbing banks nationwide
Em A D G
Living a double life lie
Em A D
George and Babe had a thing on the side

Chorus
G D
Oh, oh George Leslie
G D
The greatest bank robber of all time
G D
Oh, oh George Leslie
G A D
He never got caught for his crime

Instrumental D G A D





Verse 7
D G
Fifty bank robberies later
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George had a meticulous plan
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To pull off one more bank robbery
A D
The greatest in the entire land

Verse 8
D G
The whole gang gathered together
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To rehearse in a downtown warehouse space
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George Leslie led the crew step-by-step
A D
And the plans they were all in place

Verse 9
Em A D G
The target was the main depository
Em A D
For the wealthiest folks of the day
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The Manhattan Savings Bank
Em A D
Corner of Bleeker Street and Broadway

Chorus
G D
Oh, oh George Leslie
G D
The greatest bank robber of all time
G D
Oh, oh George Leslie
G A D
He never got caught for his crime

Instrumental D G A D





Verse 10
D G
George said “Come on, let’s go”
A D
It’s breakin’ and enterin’ time
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They headed down to Bleeker Street
A D
But George had sweet Babe on his mind

Verse 11
D G
The gang got away with one big haul
A D
They scattered from the bank before daybreak
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Shang went looking for his wife
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But all he found was deep heartache

Verse 12
Em A D G
George Leslie disappeared after the heist
Em A D
Shang tracked him down on the Upper West Side
Em A D G
He found George and Babe in a hotel room
Em A D
He shot them both smack between their eyes

Chorus
G D
Oh, oh George Leslie
G D
The greatest bank robber of all time
G D
Oh, oh George Leslie
G A D
He never got caught for his crime
G A D
But he died for his roving eye

Instrumental D G A D