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The Old Scouts Lament
But brothers, we are failing, Our race is almost run; The days of elk and buffalo And beaver traps are gone
Oh, the days of elk and buffalo!
It fills my heart with pain
To know these days are past and gone
To never come again.
We fought the red-skin rascals Over valley, hill, and plain; We fought him in the mountain top, We fought him down again.
These fighting days are over. The Indian yell resounds No more along the border; Peace sends far sweeter sounds.
But we found great joy, old comrades, To hear and make it die; We won bright homes for gentle ones, And now, our West, good-bye.

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