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The Lone Star Trail

This song is by Ken Maynard and appears on the compilation Anthology of American Folk Music (1952).

Oh, I am a lonely cowboy and I'm all from the Texas train
My trade is cinchin' saddles and pullin' bridle rein
But I can twist a lasso with the greatest skill and ease
Or rope and ride a bronco most anywhere I please

Oh, I love the rollin' prairie that's far from trail and strife
Behind a bunch of longhorns, I'll journey all my life
But if I had a stake boys, soon married I would be
To the sweetest girl in this wide world just fell in love with me

Oh, when we get on the trail boys, and the dusty billows rise
It's fifty miles from water and the grass is scorchin' dry
Oh, the boss is mad and rangy and you all can plainly see
I'll have to follow the longhorns, I'm a cowboy here to be

But when it comes a-rain boys, one of the gentle kind
When the lakes are full of water and the grass is waivin' fine
Oh, the boss will shed his frown boys, and a pleasant smile you'll see
I'll have to follow the longhorns, I'm a cowboy here to be

Oh, when we get 'em bedded, we think down for the night
Some horse'll shake his saddle and give the herd a fright
They'll get to their feet boys, and madly stampede away
In one moment's time boys, you can hear a cowboy say...

Oh, when we get 'em bedded, we feel most inclined
When the cloud'll rise in the west boys, and the fire play on their horns
Oh, the old boss rides around then. Your pay you'll get in gold
So I'll have to follow the longhorns until I am too old