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THE JOLLY COWBOY
M Y lover, Ke is a cowboy, he's brave and kind and true, He rides a Spanish pony, he throws a lasso, too; And when he comes to see me our vows we do redeem, He throws his arms around me and thus begins to sing:
" Ho, I'm a jolly cowboy, from Texas now I hail, Give me my quirt and pony, I'm ready for the
trail; I love the rolling prairies, they're free from
care and strife, Behind a herd of longhorns I'll journey all my
life.
" When early dawn is breaking and we are far away, We fall into our saddles, we round-up all the day; We rope, we brand, we ear-mark, I tell you we are
smart, And when the herd is ready, for Kansas then we
start.
" Oh, I am a Texas cowboy, lighthearted, brave, and
free, To roam the wide, wide prairie, 'tis always joy to
me.
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