Coll. by Parler Mr. Albert Sallee
Vian, Oklahoma April 20, 1960
Reel 364, Item 1
The Sioux Indians
I'll sing you a song, and it may be a sad one,
Of my trials and troubles when I first begun We left our dear kinwards on the desert to roam,
And we crossed old Missouri, and we joined a large train
And traveling and hunting we'll go,
To shoot the peantelopes and the wild buffalo.
We heard of Sioux Indians a-being out on the dale, Killing some drivers and robbing their train,
They killed the bold driver with orrows and bows Being captured by Indians, no mercy they showed.
We travelled three weeks till we come to the Platte We stretched up our tents on the end of the flat,
We spread out our blankets on the green grassy ground, While the mules and the horses was a-grazing around.
While taking refreshments we heard a low wail,
A band of Sioux Indians coming up from the dale,
We sprang to our rifles with a flash on each eye,
"Brave boys," says the leader, "we'll fight till we die.
We got on our horses, got ready to fight,
A band of Sioux Indians rose in our sight,
Our brave little band being twenty and four,
While those of the Indians was a hundred or more.
They come down upon us with a whoop and a yell,
From the cracks of our rifles six of them fell,
They saw their bold comrades lying dead on the ground, They whooped and they yelled and they circled around.
They made a bold dash, come near to our train,
The orrows fell around me like hail and like rain,
But from our long rifles we fed them cold lead,
Till a many a brave warrior around me lay dead.
We killed the bold chieftain at the head of the band,
And he died like a warrior with his gun in his hand,
They saw their bold comrade lying dead on his (Horse ?) They whooped and they yelled and we saw them no more.
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We hitched up our horses and started the train, Three more bloody battles like a trip on the plains And in the last battle three brave boys fell,
And they laid them to rest in the green shady dell.
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