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WHOSE OLD COW?                167
Well, we worked for a week till the country was
clear An' the boss said, "Now boys we'll stay here; We'll carve and we'll trim 'em an' start out a
herd Up the east trail from old Abilene."
Next morning all on herd an' but two with the cut, An' the boss on Piute carving fine, 'Til he rode down his horse and had to pull out, An' a new man went in to clean up.
Well, after each outfit had worked on the band There was only three head of them left, When Nig Add from the L F D outfit rode in, A dictionary on earmarks an' brands.
He cut the two head out where they belonged,
But when the last cow stood there alone,
Add's eyes bulged so he didn't know just what to
say, 'Ceptin' "Boss, dere's sumpin' here monstrous
wrong I
" White folks smarter 'n Add, an' maybe I 'se wrong' But here 's six months' wages dar I 'II give If any one '11 tell me when I reads de mark To who dis long-horned cow belongs.
"Left ear swaller fork an' de undercrop, Overslope in right ear an' de underbit, Hole punched in center, an' de jinglebob Under ha'i crop, an' de slash an' split.






E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III