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o6             SONGS OF THE COWBOYS
By N. Howard Thorp
Written by mean trail of herd of O Cattle from Chimney Lake, New Mexico, to Higgins, Texas, 1898. On trail were the following men, all from Sacramento Mountains, or Crow Flat: Pap Logan, Bill Blevens, Will Brownfield, WUl Fenton, Life Colfelt, Tom Mews, Frank Jones, and myself. It was copyrighted and appeared in my first edi­tion of "Songs of the Cowboys," published in 1908.
Little Joe, the wrangler, will never wrangle more;
His days with the "remuda" —they are done. 'T was a year ago last April he joined the outfit here,
A little "Texas stray" and all alone.
'T was long late in the evening he rode up to the herd On a little old brown pony he called Chow;
With his brogan shoes and overalls a harder-look­ing kid, You never in your life had seen before.
His saddle't was a Southern kack built many years ago, An O.K. spur on one foot idly hung, While his "hot roll" in a cotton sack was loosely tied behind And a canteen from the saddle horn he'd slung.
He said he had to leave his home, his daddy'd married twice, And his new ma beat him every day or two; So he saddled up old Chow one night and "lit a shuck" this way — Thought he'd try and paddle now his own canoe.