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OLD PAINT *
R EFRAIN: Goodbye, Old Paint, I'm a-leavin' Cheyenne, Goodbye, Old Paint, I'm a-leavin' Cheyenne,—
My foot in the stirrup, my pony won't stand; Goodbye, Old Paint, I'm a-leavin' Cheyenne.
I'm a-leavin' Cheyenne, I'm off for Montan'; Goodbye, Old Paint, I'm a-leavin' Cheyenne.
I'm a ridin' Old Paint, I'm a-leadin' old Fan; Goodbye, Old Paint, I'm a-leavin' Cheyenne.
!With my feet in the stirrups, my bridle in my hand; Goodbye, Old Paint, I'm a-leavin' Cheyenne.
Old Paint's a good pony, he paces when he can; Goodbye, little Annie, I'm off for Cheyenne.
Oh, hitch up your horses and feed 'em some hay, And seat yourself by me so long as you stay.
•These verses are used in many parts of the West as a dance song. Sung to waltz music the song takes the place of " Home, Sweet Home" at the conclusion of a cowboy ball. The " fiddle" is silenced and the entire company sing as they dance.
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