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30 SONGS OF THE COWBOYS
A. COW-CAMP ON THE RANGE
Authorship credited to Tom Mew, Oklahoma. First heard it sung by Walker Hyde, Three Rivers, New Mexico.
Oh, the prairie dogs are barking,
And the birds are on the wing,
See the heel fly chase the heifers, boys! —
'T is a first-class sign of spring.
The elm wood is budding,
The earth is turning green;
See the pretty things of nature,
That make life a pleasant dream!
I 'm just living through the winter To enjoy the coming change, For there is no place so homelike As a cow-camp on the range. The boss is smiling sum'tious, Radiant as the setting sun; But we know he ain't contented, For he ain't a-cussin' none.
The cook is at the chuck-box Whistling "Heifers in the Green," Making baking-powder biscuits, boys, While the pot is biling beans. The boys untie their bedding And unroll it on the run, For they are in a monstrous hurry, For the supper's almost done.
" Chuck is ready — come en get it!" Cried the cook's familiar voice