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84           SONGS OF THE COWBOYS
JOHN GARNER'S TRAIL HERD
Written by one of the waggoners at Fort Worth, Texas, many years ago. I first heard it sung in the Spearfish Valley, Dakota.
Come, all you old-timers, and listen to my song; I'll make it short as possible and I'll not keep you
long; 111 relate to you about the time you all remember
well When we with old Joe Garner drove a beef herd up
the trail.
When we left the ranch it was early in the spring, We had as good a corporal as ever rope did
swing; Good hands and good horses, good outfit through
and through, We went well equipped, we were a jolly crew.
We had no little herd two thousand head or
more And some as wild brush beeves as you ever saw
before. We swung to them all the way and sometimes by
the tail, Oh, you know we had a circus as we all went up the
trail.
Till we reached the open plains everything went
well, And then them cattle turned in and dealt us merry
heU.