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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 cinching saddles and pulling 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 rolling 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, the dusty billows rise
It's fifty miles from water and the grass is scorching dry
Oh, the boss is mad and rangy, 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 waiving 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 it'll give the herd a fright
They'll bound 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 a 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

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