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AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS 189 89
IN THE SUMMER OF SIXTY
In the summer of sixty as you very well know The excitement at Pike's Peak was then all the go; Many went there with fortunes and spent what they
had And came back flat-busted and looking quite sad.
'Twas then I heard farming was a very fine branch, So I spent most of my money in buying a ranch, And when I got to it with sorrow and shame I found a big miner had jumped my fine claim.
So I bought a revolver and swore I'd lay low The very next fellow that treated me so; I then went to Denver and cut quite a dash And "took extra pains to show off my cash.
With a fine span of horses, my wife by my side, I drove through the streets with my hat on one side; As we were agoin' past the old "Denver Hall" Sweet music came out that did charm us all.
Says I, "Let's go in and see what's the muss For I feel right now like having a fuss." There were tables strung over the hall, Some was a-whirling a wheel with a ball.