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Old-Time Cowboy Songs

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More than fifty well-loved songs of pioneers, plainsmen, and cowpunchers are gathered in this book, which includes melody lines, guitar chords, and complete lyrics to each song. This collection presents the oldest, most original version of each song. Most were composed between 1180 and 1930. Warm and spirited, these songs vividly depict the rugged strength of western people and the haunting beauty of the western landscape.

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Overview

More than fifty well-loved songs of pioneers, plainsmen, and cowpunchers are gathered in this book, which includes melody lines, guitar chords, and complete lyrics to each song. This collection presents the oldest, most original version of each song. Most were composed between 1180 and 1930. Warm and spirited, these songs vividly depict the rugged strength of western people and the haunting beauty of the western landscape.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423620617
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 810,672
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Hal Cannon was the first director of the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada, and founder of the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering. He lives in Salt Lake City.

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The Bravest Cowboy

Some of the best cowboy songs were recorded by southern musicians in the 1930s and '40s. This one we learned from the legendary North Carolina fiddler, Tommy jarrell.

I am the bravest cowboy that ever roamed the West.
I been all over the Rockies,
I got bullets in my breast.

In eighteen hundred and sixty three
I joined the immigrant band.
We marched from San Antonio
Down by the Rio Grande.
When I was on the prairie
I learned to toe the line,
I learned to pocket money,
But I did not dress much fine.

When I was on the prairie
I learned to rob and steal, and
When I robbed that cowboy
How happy I did feel.

I wore a broad brimmed white hat
And my saddle too was fine,
And when I'd court them pretty girls
You bet I called 'em mine.

I courted her for beauty,
But for love it was in vain,
'Cuz they carried me down to Dallas
To wear the ball and chain.

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Table of Contents

Introduction . vi

Acknowledgments viii

Annie Laurie 1

A Bad Half Hour 2

Back to the Range 4

Blue Mountain 6

The Boaster 8

The Bravest Cowboy 11

The Brazos 14

Bunkhouse Orchestra 16

Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie 19

The Cowboy and the Lady 20

The Cowboy's Dance Song 22

Cowboy jack 26

A Cowboy's Life 28

The Cowboy's Soliloquy 30

Custer's Last Charge 32

The Days of Forty nine 35

Dryland Farmers 38

The Dying Ranger 40

The Gol Darned Wheel 42

Golden Slippers 46

Herding Sheep for Granville Pace 48

Hittin' the Trail Tonight 51

Home on the Range 54

I'd Like to be in Texas for the Roundup in the Spring Little Joe, the Wrangler 'Longside of the Santa Fe Trail 62

Maid of Argenta 64

Mormon Cowboy 66

Mustang Grey 68

Night Herding Song . 70

Nighttime in Nevada 72

Old Alberta Plains 74

The Old Chisoim Trail 76

Old Paint Waltz 78

Old time Trapper 8o

Powder River, Let 'Cr Buck 82

Railroading on the Great Divide 86

Red River Valley 88

Red Whiskey 90

The Roving Cowboy 92

The Strawberry Roan 94

The Texas Rangers 97

Trail to Mexico 99

Utah Carol 101

Utah Trail 104

We Left Our Homes in Utah 107

Western Pioneer 109

When the Work's All Done this Fall 111

I Whoopee ti yi o, Git Along Little Dogies 114

Wyoming Home 116

Further Reading and Listening 119

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