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The Rambling Cowboy
4. This lady fair and handsome Sat close by my side; She promised me so faithfully
That she would be my bride; I kissed away these rolling tears,
Bedimming her blue eyes; I'll never forget that darling girl; I'll love her till I die.
"Song Ballet." Obtained from Ray Bohanan, Indian Gap, Route #15, Sevierville, Sevier Countv, Tennessee, August, 1929.
1.1 am a jolly, bold cowboy Just from the stormy plains; And if ever there was a hell on earth, It was holding my bridle reins.
2. My papa always taught me well And give me good advice.
My mind, it was on rambling, And we could not agree.
3. As 1 walked up the street one day Just across from the market square, The mail coach it had just arrived To the post office.
4. Then handmg me down a letter That I might understand,
The girl I left behind me, Had married another man.
5. The city I will lay aside; This county I'll resign;
I'll ramble rable from town to town And find that girl of mine.
6. I've just arrived from buffalo range; Corn dodger is my bread;
The dearest one to me is gone; I almost wish I was dead.

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