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THE MULE-SKINNERS              101
He got the prettiest dancing girls that ever could
be found, Them girls' feet was like rubber balls, they never
stayed on the ground.
And then thar came Billy the Kid, he envied Hod-
sie's wealth; He told old Hods to leave the town, 't would be
better for his health; Old Hodsie took the hint and got, but he carried
all his wealth.
And he went back to Noo York State with lots of
dinero And now they say he's senator, but of that I shore
don't know.
Got this song from John Caldwell, at Lake Valley, New Mexico. He was bronco-buster for S.L.C. outfit.
In readin' the story of early days, it's a cause of
much personal pain At the way the author-men leave out us in charge
of the wagon train; Granted the rest of 'em worked and fit in the best
way that they could do If it was n't for us that skinned the mules, how
would the bunch have come through?
We have frosted ourselves on the prairie sweeps
a-bringin' the Sioux to book, And the sojer men never had no kick that the front
rank had been forsook; '

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