Bill Bolden (Granddad Billy) 103rd Birthday

Bill Bolden (Granddad Billy) 103rd Birthday

Dressed up for Easter

Dressed up for Easter

I don't think there are enough candles on that cake.

I don't think there are enough candles on that cake.

Mr. Bill Bolden was often called Uncle Billly by his many friends in the area.  He was a well known and respected member of the community.  Granddad, as we called him lived in a farming area in northeast Missouri known as Brush Creek.  He lived there with his wife and an old horse he called Pomp.

Granddad would often make his way into town for extended stays.  He'd put some clothes in a bag and walk to the county road and wait for someone to come along and take him into town.

During these visits we would have a wonderful time together.  Granddad taught me how to roll cigarettes, chew tobacco, and catch fireflies. I will never forget the colorful songs he used to sing and of course his lectures on country wisdom.  It was on these visits that I heard the story of how he had hid Jesse James and his gang.

Many people in the area have heard the story and offered evidence that Granddads' story was true.  Well, if it's not true, it sure is a good song.

"I believe that Granddad Billy once saved Jesse James"

Granddad Billy 

Words and Music by Rick Hill 

Saxon Hill Publishing, BMI 3/8/16 

Well I believe that Granddad Billy 

Once hid Jesse James 

For a five dollar gold piece 

And a worn out golden chain  

We'd set out on his porch at night 

Oh the tales that he could spin 

Yeah, I believe that Granddad Billy 

Once hid Jesse James 

 He'd bounce me on his knee and sing 

Oh Da Do Dah Do 

Momma's little babies love shortnin’ bread 

And Rock of Ages too 

Then he'd lean way back 

In his old cane chair 

And draw from a an old worn pipe 

Yeah, I believe that Granddad Billy 

Once saved Jesse's life 

 He said it was a cold dark night 

And there came a steady rain 

He heard the pounding of the hooves 

And shouts from five white men 

 By the dimming light of a coal oil lamp 

Uncle Billy brought them in 

Yeah, I believe that Granddad Billy 

Once saved Jesse James 

 He said the man was tall and skinny 

And he had a southern drawl 

Said we're riding hard to escape the law 

For the robbing of a train 

For this gold piece and this chain 

Let us rest here out’ a the rain 

Yeah, I believe that Granddad Billy 

Once hid Jesse James 

 Every time he'd tell that story 

There was a glimmer in his eyes 

A long grin stretched across his face 

As he stared up to the sky 

 Well he'd reach into his pocket 

Making sure the coin was there 

Then he'd fumble with that golden chain 

And lean back in his chair 

Yeah, I believe that Granddad Billy Once hid Jesse James