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Ballads and Songs
7. My papa always taught me well And give me good advice;
To quit my rough and rowdy way And choose me a loving wife.
8. Then take her in some secret room And by her side set down;
For the only pleasure a man can have Is with his loving wife.
9. There's a girl in Baxter Springs, They call her the rising sun; She has broken the heart of nine. Love, boys, and this poor heart is one.
10. Her rosy cheeks, her sparkling eyes, She is the daughter of a queen.
My name is nothing extry, my heart is almost broke; My name is nothing extry, my trouble I do see.
11. And when they see my coming home, They ring their hands with joy,
And treat me on fresh bottles of wine, And call me their old cowboy.
126 DEATH OF A MAIDEN FAIR Cf. B. E. Denton,^! Two-Gun Cyclone^ Dallas, Texas, 1927, p. 142. "Cowboy Song." Obtained from Miss Rachel Tucker, Varnell, Georgia, December, 1930. Miss Tucker is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harmon, formerly of Cade's Cove, Tennessee.
1. There was a fair maiden; She lived on the plains; She helped me herd cattle Through the cold rain and snow.
2. She help me herd cattle The year in and up;
She would take a drink with me From the strong whisky cup.