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Thread #18820   Message #196640
Posted By: Joe Offer
17-Mar-00 - 02:53 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Rough and tough and hard to bluff
Subject: RE: Rough and tough and hard to bluff
I'm not likely to give up easily on this one. I swear there has to be a story behind the phrase. I don't think the root phrase includes John Jacob Schmidt, but I think it includes the "used to many hardships" phrase - and that particular phrase makes me think there has to be a distinct source. I did find a reference to a song here (click) that includes a big part of the phrase:
Title: Waukegan cowboy.
First Line: I'm rough and tough and hard to bluff my trigger finger's jerky
Chorus: I'm the Waukegan cowboy take it from me, you can see I'm at home on the lone prairie
Music by: Roth, Howard H.
Words by: Roth, Howard H.
P/P/D: Clearwater, FL : Howard H. Roth & Co. Inc., c1947.
Location: SPC, KIRK PS 1945-1947
I did find one quote that included the "hardships" last week, but now I can't find it.
-Joe Offer-