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'Canned Tomaters' recitation

Celtaddict 30 Aug 12 - 12:06 AM
GUEST,,gargoyle 30 Aug 12 - 04:36 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 30 Aug 12 - 04:56 AM
Celtaddict 30 Aug 12 - 03:22 PM
GUEST,leeneia 30 Aug 12 - 03:58 PM
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Subject: 'Canned Tomaters' recitation
From: Celtaddict
Date: 30 Aug 12 - 12:06 AM

Hi, all, I am searching for a recitation of a cowboy poem, as performed by a guy in Houston (who may do a radio show there), named (Jack or Joe?) Segal or Seigel or some such. It is about cowboys loving 'canned tomaters' as the only produce they have on the trail, and after payday they head into town with their money, go out for dinner, and ask for the familiar 'canned tomaters.' I am sorry I do not have more information but am hopeful the 'Cat may come through again!


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Subject: RE: 'Canned Tomaters' recitation
From: GUEST,,gargoyle
Date: 30 Aug 12 - 04:36 AM

Canned Termaters



Barker, S. Omar, Songs of a Sadleman Denver Sage Books, 1955


Cowboy Poetry

Them old time western cowboys mostly ate what they could git,
And drank what turned up handy, but I've heard them all admit
They sometimes got so tired of beans, of beef and even 'taters,
They'd purt near swap their saddles for a bait of canned termaters.
About the only stuff in cans them days was pork and beans,
Terrmaters, Eagle milk, and corn, and maybe some sardines;
And none of these was plentiful out where the cow trails ran,
For grub come mighty costly when you bought it in the can.
But sometimes in the wagon bed of big ranch operators
You'd find maybe a case or two of stuff called canned termaters.

Them old time cowhands never heard of vitamins an' such;
They never craved no fancy foods--at least not very much--
But, comin' in from cow-work where the dust was thick and hot,
Them juicy, cool termaters--well, they sure did hit the sport.
You even liked them better than you did dried apply pie,
And, when your outfit furnished them, you sure was livin' high.
Why, even when you et in town, you shocked them restrunt waiters
By turnin' fancy vittles down and eatin' canned termaters!


A-batchin' in the boars-nest, as the line camps then was called,
You often tired of cookin', and your appetite got stalled,
But if up there upon the shelf some canned termaters stood,
You'd "cut a can" for supper, and it sure did savor good.
Some days inside your slicker you would pack a can or two
Tied on behind your saddle. If the water holes was few
You'd "cut a can" and drink it as you jogged along the road,
And swear that canned termaters was the best fruit ever growed.


In town, the morning after you had helped the owl to hoot,
Your tongue would taste like leather from the top of some old boot,
Until you found a grocer that would trust you for a can,
And when you'd cut and drunk it, you was sure a diff'rent man.

That's how them oldsters tell it of the days when life was rough,
When ridin' men was rawhide men, and nothin' else but tough;
When men with hides and stummicks like on ol' bull alligator's,
Was still like kids for candy--when it come to canned termaters.


Sincerely,
Gargoyle


Find a Grave has a nice obit on this SOB....Squire Omar Barker.

/www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSsp=46842310&GRid=3862866&


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Subject: RE: 'Canned Tomaters' recitation
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 30 Aug 12 - 04:56 AM

I see the pusilanomous puss has been editing my posting profile.

30 posts in a 15 year span...And this was my first this year...

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

Prestty good control for an old troll.


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Subject: RE: 'Canned Tomaters' recitation
From: Celtaddict
Date: 30 Aug 12 - 03:22 PM

Gargoyle, thank you so much, you have come through for me again!


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Subject: RE: 'Canned Tomaters' recitation
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 30 Aug 12 - 03:58 PM

Thanks, gargoyle, that's interesting.

When I was a kid, we often had canned tomatoes as a vegetable at supper. I can taste them right now.


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Subject: RE: 'Canned Tomaters' recitation
From: open mike
Date: 30 Aug 12 - 06:19 PM

thanks for this cowboy classic!


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