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156           SONGS OF THE COWBOYS
Included in the shipment Was a cowboy called Tom L. — Said he was a fightin* cow-puncher, En his middle name was Hell;
He wanted a return ticket Back on the line,
Or he'd lick the whole Block outfit, One at a time I
From Jim Brownfield, Crow Flat, New Mexico, winter of 1899. Authorship credited to Frank Rooney; written about 1877. This song has been expurgated by me, as all the old-timers know that as originally sung around the cow-camps it could not have been printed, as it would have burned up the paper on which it was written. Jim, do you remember how you had to force those fresh eggs down and the jug said, " Goo-Goo "? I published this song under the title of "Top Hand " in my earlier edition. The old name, which all cow-punchers remember, did not sound good in print.
While you're all so frisky, I'll sing a little song: Think a horn of whiskey will help the thing along, It's all about the Top Hand when he's busted flat, Bumming round town, in his Mexicana hat. He 'd laid up all winter and his pocket-book is flat. His clothes are all tatters, but he don't mind that.
See him in town with a crowd that he knows Rolling cigarettes an' a-smoking through his nose. First thing he tells you, he owns a certain brand, Leads you to think he is a daisy hand.