Collected for M.C.Parler Collected and transcribed by Sara Jo Fendley
Leslie, Arkansas, Jan.12,1964 sung by Mrs. Love Hensley,
Mrs. Frank Fendley, and Sara Jo Fendley. (banjo)
A family song that my grandmothe sang as a child.
Reel 420, Item 14
XXIX THE TEXAS RANGERS
Come all you Texas Rangers Whereever you may be there's as story I will tell to you that happened once to me.
My name is nothing extra so it I will not tell For I'm a Texas Ranger I'm sure I wish you well
About the age of sixteen I joined the jolly band and I marched from San Antonio into the Rio Grande
Our captain he informed us perhaps he thought it right before you reach next station says boys you'll have to fight
I saw the yankees comin'
I heard them give their yells My fellings at that moment No humans tongue can tell
We fought for full nine hours before our strife was o'er so many of the dead and the wounded I never saw before
It was five of the nobelest rangers that ever saw the west were lying 'side a'dying sweet be their place of rest
Perhaps you'll have a mother Likwise a sister too Perhaps you'll have a sweetheart to weep and morn for you
May this be your situation although you like to roam My advice to all you boys You'd better stay at home
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