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18           SONGS OF THE COWBOYS
He pulled out his life-preserver and with a " one,
two, three, four," Blotted out a spot with every pistol roar; For he had traveled with a circus, and had only quit
that day. "I have one more left, kind sir, if you wish to call
the play."
Then Hank stepped up to the stranger, and this is the way he spoke:
"Why, the lions in the mountains — that was nothing but a joke;
Never mind about the extra — you are a bad shoot­ing man,
And I'm a meek child and as harmless as a lamb."
CALIFORNIA TRAIL
By Kate Child's ("Montana Kate")
Written about 1869. I heard it sung first on Pecos River, at Horse Head Crossing, in 1900, by Sam Murray.
List, all you California boys, And open wide your ears, For now we start across the plains With a herd of mules and steers. Now bear in mind, before you start, That you'll eat jerked beef, not ham, And antelope steak, oh, cuss the stuff! It often proves a sham.
You cannot find a stick of wood On all this prairie wide; Whene'er you eat you've got to stand Or sit on some old bull-hide.






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