Daniel Clifton, also known as “Dynamite Dick,”
Cattle rustling and bank jobs were his chosen shtick.
With his criminal resume,’
He joined Bill Doolin’s “Oklahombres,”
With pistols and black powder his favorite tricks.
But an outlaw career can be boom or bust.
It ain’t no position to instill some trust.
Yer’ pals are all varmints
Who wear blood-stained garments
And when you retire it’s face down in the dust.
While the Doolin Gang took the bank in Southwest City,
They killed J.C. Seaborn, and it wasn’t pretty.
Doolin and Clifton were jailed;
Bribed a guard: the system failed,
But the posse that followed had sand and was gritty.
“Every man for himself” is the fugitive code.
Find a place to hole up and drop all yer’ load.
Clifton was found on a farm,
Tried to escape without harm,
But he was shot on the run and lay dead on the road.
© JW Thomas