Collected by Mrs. Dessie Harriman For Mary Celestia Parler Transcribed by Mrs. Dessie Harriman
Sung by Mrs. Dessie Harriman Japton, Arkansas August 14, 1959
Reel 287—288, Item 9
The Cowboy's Girl
It was in the year of eighty-three,
When T. H. stands so he hired me.
He says young man I want you to go,
And follow my herd to Mexico.
It was early in the year,
When I volunteered to herd those steers.
I'll tell you boys it was a lonesome old go, As the herd rolled on to Mexico.
When I arrived in Mexico,
I wanted to see my girl but I could not go,
I wrote a letter to my dear,
But not a word could I ever hear.
I started back to my once loved home,
Inquired for the girl that I adored.
She said young man you had to chance our life, She said young man you can seek another wife.
Go curse the gold and silver too,
And curse a girl who won't be true.
I'll go right back to the Rio Grand,
And get me a job with a cowboy band.
Oh buddie, oh buddie please don't go,
Don't forever be a roam.
If you know girls more true than I,
Please don't go back where the bullets fly.
I know girls more true than you,
I know girls who will be true.
But I'll go right back where the bullets fly, And follow the cow trails till I die.
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