The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #30315   Message #4143688
Posted By: leeneia
08-Jun-22 - 11:27 AM
Thread Name: Origins/lyr/tune: Ragtime Cowboy Joe
Subject: RE: Origins/lyr/tune: Ragtime Cowboy Joe
I found the sheet music on the IMSLP site. See if this works.

If not, google this; "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" sheet music

and beat your way through the underbrush.
Joe says it never sounded like ragtime, and I agree. It doesn't have any of the off-beat tied notes of ragtime. Yes, it has long tied notes, but they are on the first beat, the conventional place. It does have lots of dotted eighths, but those are the characteristic of swing, not ragtime.

The song is from 1912, so it's safely PD.