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Sweet Betsy From Pike

This song is by Cisco Houston and appears on the album 900 Miles And Other R.R. Songs (1954).

Oh, don't you remember, sweet Betsy from Pike?
Crossed the wide prairies were her lover Ike
Two yoke of oxen and one spotted hog
A tall Shanghai rooster and a big yellow dog

Hoodle dang fol dee di do
Hoodle dang fol dee day

They soon reached the desert where Betsy give out
And down on the sand she lay rolling about
And Ike he gazed at her with sobs and with sighs
Quoth he, "Get up Betsy, you'll get sand in your eyes"

Hoodle dang fol dee di do
Hoodle dang fol dee day

The Shanghai ran off and the oxen all died
And the last piece of bacon that morning was fried
And Ike got discouraged and Betsy got mad
And the dog wagged his tail and looked wonderful sad

Hoodle dang fol dee di do
Hoodle dang fol dee day

Long Ike and Sweet Betsy attended a dance
And Ike wore a pair of his Pike County pants
And Betsy come dressed up in ribbons and rings
Quoth Ike, "You're an angel, but where are your wings?"

Hoodle dang fol dee di do
Hoodle dang fol dee day

A miner stepped up said, "Will you dance with me?"
I will, you old hoss, if you don't make too free
I'll tell you the reason, do you want to know why?
Doggone you, I'm chuck, full of strong alkali"

Hoodle dang fol dee di do
Hoodle dang fol dee day

Long Ike and sweet Betsy got married of course
But Ike getting jealous obtained a divorce
Betsy well satisfied said with a shout
Good bye you big lummox, I'm glad you backed out

Hoodle dang fol dee di do
Hoodle dang fol dee day

Written by:

Lou Reed