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Ballads and Songs
THE RAMBLING COWBOY See Lomax, Cowboy Songs, p. 244. Cf. also p. 83, the song entitled, "Lackey Bill." N. Howard Thorp remarks: "Author supposed to have been K. Tolliver. I first heard it at Van Horn, Texas" (Songs of the Cowboys, p. 134).
"The Girl I Left on New River." The song was recorded near Cumber­land Gap, Tennessee, by Ruth Bagwell, a student in Lincoln Memorial University.
1. My parents raised me tenderly, Not having any child but me; My mind was bent on rambling; At home I couldn't agree.
My mind was bent on rambling, This wide world to see o'er; I left my kind old mother, Never to see any more.
2. There was a rich old farmer Who lived in the country near by, Who had an only daughter
On whom I cast my eye.
She was most beautiful and handsome,
So lovely and so fair;
There was not a girl in this wide world
With her I could compare.
3. I asked her if it made any difference If I should cross the plains;
She said it would not differ,
So I returned again.
She said she would be true to me
Till death should prove unkind;
We kissed, shook hands, and parted;
I left my girl behind.

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