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printed on the backs of cards with the instructions that they were to be sung to the melody of "The Little Old Log Cabin." On the front of the cards were pictures of a sod shanty. See Modern Language Notes, January, 1918. Mr. F. W. Schaupp of Lincoln, Nebraska, Bays that the adaptation was made by a Nebraskan of his acquain­tance, Emery Miller, when he was holding down a Nebraska claim in the eighties. Most texts of the song come from the Central Western region. It still has no little currency.
75.  Cobowy Song. Obtained by Frances Francis of Cheyenne from Winthrop Condict of Saratoga, Wyoming, in 1911. It is built upon the religious song, In the Sweet By and By. Mr. Lomax prints a slightly different text, The Cowboy's Dream in Cowboy Songs, p. 18. N. H. Thorpe, Songs of the Cowboys (p. 40) ascribes the authoiship to the " father of Captain Roberts, of the Texas Rangers." His copy was given to him by Wait Rogers in 1898.
76.  The Old Chisholm Trail. Text from Lomax's Cowboy Songs, p. 58. See also Thorpe, Songs of the Cowboys, p. 109.
77.  The Dying Cowboy. Text secured by Lillian Gear Boswell of Wheatland, Wyoming, in 1914. Brought from Illinois to Wyoming. This is an adaptation of an Irish song, The Unfortunate Rake, dating from the eighteenth century. The traces of a military funeral remaining in the chorus of some texts are somewhat incongruous in a cowboy song. For the history of the song see Phillips Barry, Journal of American Folk-Lore, vol. 24, p. 341. The Dying Cowboy is widely current in the Western states. Adaptation credited by N. H. Thorpe, Songs of the Cowboys (p. 41), to Troy Hale, Battle Creek, Nevada.
78.  Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie. Also known as The Dying Cowboy. Text obtained by Mabel Conrad Sullivan from Mrs. John Leslie of Stanford, Montana, in 1915. An adaptation of the once popular song Ocean Burial, words by W. H. Saunders, music by G. N. Allen. Credited by N. H. Thorpe, Songs of the Cowboys (p. 62), to H. demons, Deadwood, Dakota, 1872.
79.  I Want to Be a Cowboy. Text secured by Frances Francis of Cheyenne as sung in Wyoming about 1885. It is an adaptation of the religious song I Want to Be an Angel.
80.  Whoopee Ti Yi Yo, Git Along Little Dogies. Text from J. A. Lomax's Cowboy's Songs, p. 87.
81.  Cheyenne Boys. Text as sung by Mrs. Jeanetta Gear of Junction, Wyoming, in 1914. This piece is widely current, with various local adaptations. Compare Mississippi Girls, Lomax, Cowboy Songs, p. 108, Arizona Boys and Girls, Thorpe, Songs of the Cowboys, p. 1.
82.  Breaking in a Tenderfoot. Text obtained from Frances Francis of Cheyenne in 1911. Thought by her to have been locally






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