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Thread #42786   Message #622013
Posted By: masato sakurai
06-Jan-02 - 12:55 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: My Home's in Montana
Subject: ADD Version:THE COWBOY'S LAMENT
The version in Margaret Larkin's Singing Cowboy (1931; Oak, 1963, pp. 30-31) is "the model on which Glenn's [Glenn Ohrlin's] text was built" (The Hell-Bound Train, p.246):

THE COWBOY'S LAMENT

My home's in Montana,
I wear a bandana,
My spurs are silver,
My horse is a bay,
I took to card play in
The house I was staying
Got shot through the bowels
And you see where I lay.

Let sixteen gamblers
Lay a hand on my coffin,
Let sixteen cowboys
Come carry me along,
And take me to the graveyard,
And lay the sod o'er me,
I'm just a young cowboy
And I know I done wrong!

Go gather around you
A crowd of young cowboys,
And tell them the story
Of this my sad fate,
Tell one and the other,
Before they go further,
To stop their wild roving,
Before it's too late.

It was once in the saddle
That I would go dashing,
'Twas once in the saddle
That I would go gay,
First to the card house
And then to the dram house,
Got shot in the bowels
And you see where I lay.

Then drag your rope slowly
And rattle your spurs lowly,
And give a wild whoop
As you carry me along,
And take me to Boot Hill
And cover me with roses,
I'm just a young cowboy
And I know I done wrong!

~Masato