American Ballads and Songs

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In the summer of sixty as you very well know The excitement at Pike's Peak was then all the go; Many went there with fortunes and spent what they
had And came back flat-busted and looking quite sad.
'Twas then I heard farming was a very fine branch, So I spent most of my money in buying a ranch, And when I got to it with sorrow and shame I found a big miner had jumped my fine claim.
So I bought a revolver and swore I'd lay low The very next fellow that treated me so; I then went to Denver and cut quite a dash And "took extra pains to show off my cash.
With a fine span of horses, my wife by my side, I drove through the streets with my hat on one side; As we were agoin' past the old "Denver Hall" Sweet music came out that did charm us all.
Says I, "Let's go in and see what's the muss For I feel right now like having a fuss." There were tables strung over the hall, Some was a-whirling a wheel with a ball.