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The Texas Rangers
123 THE TEXAS RANGERS See John A. Lomax ("Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads"), 44; Pound, No. 73; New Jersey Journal of Education, March, 1928. Cf. also Journal, XLII, 281; Jones, p. 11; Fuson, p. 191.
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"Texas Ranger." Obtained from Austin Harmon, Varnell, Georgia, 1929.
1. Come, all you Tennesseemen,
Wherever you may be, And I will tell you all some troubles That happened unto me.
2. At the age of sixteen
I joined the jolly band. We marched from Searsu1, Texas, To English Orland land.
3. Our captain there informed us,
Perhaps he thought it right, "Before we reach the mountain, my boys, Wc will have to fight."
4. We saw them rebels coming;
We heard them give the yell, My feeling at that moment
No human tongue could tell.
5. The smoke it was descending,
Descending to the sky. My feelings in that moment: I thought that I must die. 6.1 thought of my old mother; In tears she said to me: "You are my only ranger,
You better stay with me." 7.1 thought she was old and childish, The best she did not know. My mind was bent on roaming And 1 was bound to go.
1 Shcrman(?).
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