Coll. by Max Hunter Mrs. Olive Coberley
Dubbed by M.C. Parler Wheatland, Mo.
November 26, 1959
Reel 351, Item 3
Tom Sherman's Bar
As I rode out by Tom Sherman's barroom,
As I rode out so early one day,
I saw a young cowboy all descsed in white linen,
All dressed in white linen as though for the grave.
Come set you down by me and hear my sad story,
These words he said as I came riding by,
I first took to drinking and then took to gambling,
Got shot through the heart and then sent to the grave.
Go bear the sad news to my poor aged mother,
Go tell it to my sister so dear,
And there is another, I've won her affection,
Who will bitterly weep when she hears I am gone.
Go bring me forth a cup of cold water,
My flesh is all trembling, the poor fellow said,
But when I returned the spirit had left him,
Had gone to his Maker, the cowboy was dead.
Then beat the drum slowly, boys,
Blow the fife lowly,
And play the death march as they carry me away,
Take me to the graveyard and throw the sod o'er me, For I'm only a cowboy and I know I've done wrong.
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