Bethel Grove, Arkansas
June 14, 1951
Collected by Irene Carlisle
Reel 126 Item 3
THE LONELY BACHELOR
My name is Frank Taylor; a "bachelor I am,
And keeping old batch on an elegant plan;
You'll find me out west in the county of Lane,
A-Starvin' to death on a government claim.
Hurrah for Lane County, the land of the free;
The home of the bedbug, grasshopper and flea;
I'll sing of its praises and boast of its fame,
A-starvin' to death on a government claim.
My clothes they are ragged; my language is rough;
My bread is case-hardened, and solid and tough;
But I have a good time, and I live at my ease
On common sop-sorghum, and old bacon-grease.
How happy I am, when I crawl into bed,
With the rattlesnakes rattling just under my head;
And the gay little bedbug, so cheerful and bright,
He keeps me a-goin' two-thirds of the night.
How happy I am on my government claim!
I've nothing to lose and I've nothing to gain.
I've nothing to eat, and I've nothing to wear,
And nothing from nothing is honest and fair.
Oh, come to Lane County; there's room for you all,
"Where she wind never stop and the rain never fall;
Oh, jine in the chorus, and sing of its fame,
A-starvin' to death on a government claim*
Oh, don't be down-hearted, you poor hungry men;
We're all just as free as the pigs in a pen;
Just stick to your homestead, and fight with your fleas,
And pray to your Maker to send some more breeze.
Now, all you poor sinners, I hope you will stay
And chaw on your hard-tack till you're toothless and gray
But as for my self, I don't aim to remain
And starve like a dog on no government claim.
Farewell to Lane County, the pride of the West;
I'm goin' back East to the gal I love best;
I'll stop in Missouri and get me a wife,
And live on corn-dodger the rest of my life.
Comments on "The Lonely Bachelor" Reel 126
"Oh, I heard that years ago. I don't remember where I
did first hear that. We sang it for--oh, I guess it's been
fifty years since we used to sing that--'long about the time
--oh, when Oklahoma was--'fore Oklahoma was ever a state,
i learned that "Stepmother" in '94, I remember, where I—
when I was down there (Stone County, Arkansas)."
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