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Chisholm Trail

This song is by Ramblin' Jack Elliott and appears on the album Ramblin' Jack Elliott In London (1959) and on the Compilation album The Lost Topic Tapes: Cowes Harbour 1957 (2004).

Come along boys and listen to my tale
And I'll tell you of my troubles on the old Chisholm Trail
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yi yippee yay
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yay

I woke up one morning on the Chisholm Trail
With a rope in my hand and a cow by the tail
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yi yippee yay
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yay

Well I went to the boss and the boss said, "Kill it,"
So I shot her in the rump with the handle of a skillet
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yi yippee yay
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yay

Started up the trail October twenty-third
I started up the trail with a U-boy herd
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yi yippee yay
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yay

With a ten dollar horse and a forty dollar saddle
I'm going to puch them Texas cattle
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yi yippee yay
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yay

I went to the boss and I hit him for my roll
And he figures me out nine dollars in the hole
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yi yippee yay
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yay

I seen a pretty girl and I offered her a quarter
She says, "Young man, I'm a gentleman's daughter."
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yi yippee yay
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yay

Well I held out the quarter and I put it in her hand
She says, "Young man, let's see it stand"
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yi yippee yay
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yay

With my feet in the stirrup and my hand on the horn
I'm the best danged cowboy ever was born
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yi yippee yay
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yay

Yeah my seat in the saddle and my head in the sky
I'm gonna quit punching cows in the sweet by and by
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yi yippee yay
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yay

Come a ki yi yippee yippee yi yippee yay
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yay
Come a ki yi yippee yippee yay...

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