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SAM BASS
135
One day, as I was riding across the public square, The mail-coach came in and I met the driver there; He handed me a letter which gave me to understand That the girl I left in Texas had married another man.
I turned myself all roundabout, not knowing what
to do, But I read on down some further and it proved the
words were true. Hard work I have laid over, it's gambling I have
designed. I '11 ramble this wide world over for the girl I left
behind.
Come, all you reckless and rambling boys, who
have listened to this song, If it has n't done you any good, it has n't done you
any wrong; But when you court a pretty girl, just marry her
while you can, For if you go across the plains she'll marry another
man.
SAM BASS
By John Denton, Gainsville, Texas, 1870
This is the most authentic report on authorship I have re­ceived. I first heard the song sung in Sidney, Nebraska, at a dance hall, in 18S8.
Sam Bass was born in Indiana, it was his native
home, And at the age of seventeen young Sam began to
roam.






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