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American Ballads and Folk Songs
He stuck his horn through a white oak sapling,
White oak sapling,
White oak sapling, He stuck his horn through a white oak sapling,
Long time ago.
He threw dirt in de heifers' faces,
Heifers5 faces,
Heifers' faces, He threw dirt in de heifers' faces,
Long time ago.
Twenty more black bull calves come that season,
Come that season,
Come that season, Twenty more black bull calves come that season,
Long time ago.
The words if not the tune of "The Old Gray Horse Came Tearin' Out-a Wilderness" have been intermingled with a song mentioned in Holman Day's King Spruce and referred to by Mrs. Fannie H. Eck-storm in her Minstrelsy of Maine: "The crazy prophet Eli has a favorite song of which one stanza is given:
"Oh, the little brown bull came down from the mountain, Shang, ro-ango, whango-whey! And as he was feeling salutatious Chased old Pratt a mile, by gracious, Licked old Shep and two dog Towsers, Then marched back with old Pratt's trousers, Whang-whey."
Down in Texas my wife's father, who came from Virginia, sang to a stirring note and for his children, repeating each couplet over and
over:
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