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The Rambling Cowboy
4. 'Twas then I left Iowa; To Utah I did go; From Utah to Mount City, To view this wide world o'er. Trade and work being plentiful, The women all treated me kind, But the girl I left on New River Was always on my mind.
5.1 hadn't been there but about two weeks, I'm sure it was not three, Till I fell in love with Maude Walker, And she in love with me.
She said, "Your pockets being lined with silver and gold, Hard kbor you give o'er, And marry pretty Maude Walker, And never drink no more."
6. "Oh, no, Miss Maude Walker, I'll not be so unkind;
I'll go ask my parents
Before I do resign."
One eve while I was walking
Around the public square,
The mail coach having just arrived,
I met the post boy there.
7. He handed me a letter; It gave me to understand The girl I left on New River Had married another man.
I read down a few lines further Not knowing these words to be true; Turning myself all around about, I didn't know what to do.
8.  Trade and work then I gave up; Bad company I've joined; Roving from town to town
For the girl I left behind.
My heart being filled with trouble
And trouble on my mind,
I'll spend all my days in rambling
For the girl I left behind.

E-Book - An Annotated Compendium of Old Time American Songs by James Alverson III