Coll. by M.C. Parler
Mr. Wm Eden Monte Ne, Ark. January 20, 1960
Reel 344, Item 6
Take Me To the Graveyard and Place the Sod O'er Me
As I walked into Lidian's barroom To Lidian's barroom so early one day,
There I spied a handsome young cowboy,
All dressed in white linen and clothed for the grave. Chorus:
Go beat the drum lowly, go play the fife slowly,
Go play the dead march as I'm carried along,
Take me to the graveyard and place the sod o'er me For I'm a young ranger and I know I've done wrong.
Oh, once-t in my saddle I used to go dashing,
Oh, once-t in my saddle I used to look gay,
I first tuck to drinking and then to card playing,
Got shot in the breast and now I must die.
Oh, bear me a letter to my gray-headed mother,
Oh, bear the news gently to my sister so fair,
But there is another more dearer than a sister Who'll bitterlie weep when the dad news she does hear.
Oh, give me a cup, a cup of cold water,
A cup of cold water, poor fellow, he said,
But before they'd returned, the spirit had left him, And gone to his Giver and the cowboy was dead.
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