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Lyr Req: The Lavender Cowboy

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THE LAVENDER COWBOY


GUEST,banjo pete 27 Dec 01 - 01:09 PM
kendall 27 Dec 01 - 01:17 PM
Sorcha 27 Dec 01 - 01:19 PM
Dicho (Frank Staplin) 27 Dec 01 - 01:35 PM
Sorcha 27 Dec 01 - 01:37 PM
Sorcha 27 Dec 01 - 01:39 PM
Dicho (Frank Staplin) 27 Dec 01 - 01:46 PM
Sorcha 27 Dec 01 - 02:07 PM
Acme 27 Dec 01 - 02:08 PM
Amos 27 Dec 01 - 04:04 PM
Sorcha 27 Dec 01 - 05:29 PM
kendall 27 Dec 01 - 07:42 PM
Jimmy C 27 Dec 01 - 08:27 PM
Acme 28 Dec 01 - 11:16 AM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 28 Dec 01 - 10:02 PM
GUEST,Corey 17 Mar 07 - 12:34 PM
Bill D 17 Mar 07 - 01:29 PM
Charley Noble 17 Mar 07 - 03:47 PM
Rowan 17 Mar 07 - 05:15 PM
Anglo 18 Mar 07 - 12:19 PM
bradfordian 19 Mar 07 - 10:03 AM
iancarterb 19 Mar 07 - 10:19 AM
Rowan 19 Mar 07 - 04:40 PM
Abby Sale 08 Aug 07 - 10:23 AM
artbrooks 08 Aug 07 - 11:15 AM
Seamus Kennedy 08 Aug 07 - 12:11 PM
Seamus Kennedy 08 Aug 07 - 12:33 PM
artbrooks 08 Aug 07 - 12:34 PM
Cluin 08 Aug 07 - 02:43 PM
Cluin 08 Aug 07 - 02:47 PM
kendall 08 Aug 07 - 04:16 PM
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Subject: the lavender cowboy
From: GUEST,banjo pete
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 01:09 PM

has anyone out there got the lyrics of the ribald verson of this song


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Subject: RE: the lavender cowboy
From: kendall
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 01:17 PM

Didn't know there was one.


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Subject: RE: the lavender cowboy
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 01:19 PM

Somewhere, let me go look. BRB.


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Subject: RE: the lavender cowboy
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 01:35 PM

Checked "The Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing" and "The Hell-bound Train." No luck. The song, at least in Lomax, sounds like a parody itself. Its "discovery" was rather late, 1937 according to Lomax. Sounds like a western Boy Scouts song.


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Subject: RE: the lavender cowboy
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 01:37 PM

Posted in the forum here. Saved me a lot of typing!


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Subject: RE: the lavender cowboy
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 01:39 PM

Hmm. Just realized the words I have are different. Joe, Jeff, where should I post them? In this thread, the thread linked above or a new one? Help!


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Subject: RE: the lavender cowboy
From: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 01:46 PM

Sure that's the same song, Sorcha? Three hairs rather than two. Not very ribald, either. Now if these hairs were up his... Where's catspaw on this one?
Was Paddy Roberts the composer or was his version a "cover?"


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Subject: Lyr Add: LAVENDER COWBOY
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 02:07 PM

I don't know, Dicho, but here are the ones I have:


LAVENDER COWBOY

He was only a lavender cowboy
The hairs on his chest were two
But he wished to follow the heroes
And fight like the he-men do

But he was inwardly troubled
By a dream that gave him no rest
That he'd go with heroes in action
With only two hairs on his chest

First he tried many a hair tonic
Twar rubbed on him each night
But still when he looked in the mirror
Those two hairs were ever in sight

But with a spirit undaunted
He wandered out to fight
Just like an old time knight errant
To win combat for the right

He battled for Red Nellie's honor
And cleaned out a holdup's nest
He died with his six guns a smoking
With only two hairs on his chest.


"The title alone suggests a spoof on the tough hombres that myth insists the cowboys were. This, plus the dream symbolism suggests that it is a late comer among cowboy songs." Melody collector--Dean Emeritus John Donald Robb of the University of New Mexico; text from Bluebird B-8229A Vernon Dalhart and His Big Cypress Boys.

Tune to follow......I have to refresh the "abc brain cells".


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Subject: RE: the lavender cowboy
From: Acme
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 02:08 PM

This isn't the version I grew up with. My dad used to sing it. Today it would be considered very un-PC. I didn't think anyone was still interested in it. I don't have access to that stuff now, but I'll keep it in mind for when I unpack his books one of these days.

Maggie


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Subject: RE: the lavender cowboy
From: Amos
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 04:04 PM

I've sung it for yours along the lines of the version above from dear Sorch. One of my favorites. I guess I was pretty young when I learned it, because I never understood the implications of the word "lavender" in thisd context until much later. Well, yippeee ki bloody yi to you too, big boy!!!

A


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Subject: Tune Add: LAVENDER COWBOY
From: Sorcha
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 05:29 PM

T:LAVENDER COWBOY
M:3/4
L:1/8
Ql126
K:E

B,/2B,/2||:E4 EE | G2 F2 E2 | C2 E4-|E4-E B,| E2 E2 E2 | E2-F2 G2 | F6-|F2-F> B,/ | E2 E2 F2 | G2 F2 E2 | C2 E4- | E4-E> C/ | B,2 D2 E2 | D2 E2 -F2 | E6- | E4-E B, :||

Chords are:
E A E B7 E A B7 E


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Subject: RE: the lavender cowboy
From: kendall
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 07:42 PM

Another jewel to be found on Folk Legacy album FSI 57


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Subject: RE: the lavender cowboy
From: Jimmy C
Date: 27 Dec 01 - 08:27 PM

WE used to sing a version similar to the one from Sorca on the other thread, but with this additional verse, One club I played in had a few gay clients, 2 of whom when entering the club would come up to the stage and ask us if we had played their song yet. Here is the other verse. Enjoy !

And when they had him surrounded
The sheriff stood up and he said
I'm coming to get ya -
Oh goody I'll let ya
The lavender cowboy replied.


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Subject: RE: the lavender cowboy
From: Acme
Date: 28 Dec 01 - 11:16 AM

Though still conspicuous in its meaning, the version I grew up with was more subtle than the verses posted here, but I can't remember them well enough to string any together so they'll scan. It was sung to one of those utilitarian tunes recycled through many songs, such as happens with Rosen the Bow (not that one, however).


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Subject: RE: the lavender cowboy
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 28 Dec 01 - 10:02 PM

I can't put my finger on the LP right now, but didn't Ed McCurdy sing this song as well? If not Ed perhaps it was another folksinger from the 50's or 60's. Anyone remember?

Ron


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the lavender cowboy
From: GUEST,Corey
Date: 17 Mar 07 - 12:34 PM

He was only a lavender cowboy
And the hairs on his chest were but two
But he wanted to be a real hero
And do as the real heroes do

Herbicinis and other hair lotions
He woould rub on his chest every night
But when he awoke in the mornin'
Not a new hair was in sight

Well, he fought for Red Nellie's honor
And he cleaned out a whole robber's nest
He died with his six guns a'smokin
But with only two hairs on his chest

And they buried he out on the prairie
Where the coyotes howl every night
And in the place where his bones lay
two cacti have grown into site

(unrecorded performance of Burl Ives)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the lavender cowboy
From: Bill D
Date: 17 Mar 07 - 01:29 PM

Really? That's quite different from his recorded version....I'll have to contemplate whether I want to absorb anything 'different' after 40 years.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the lavender cowboy
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Mar 07 - 03:47 PM

Ah, the memories this song brings back!

We used to have hysterics when someone sang it during my college years.

I've never heard more than a GP-rated version.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the lavender cowboy
From: Rowan
Date: 17 Mar 07 - 05:15 PM

The version I've heard of this song, in Australia, was brought to us by Dave Alexander, a wonderful mountain of a man who's no longer with us. More's the pity.

I don't have the words to hand but my recollection of the opening verse is;

He was only a lavender cowboy
He'd only three hairs on his chest
And he rode on a filly
Called Daffy Down Dilly
The sexiest horse in the West
Tra la la
The sexiest horse in the West

It got to the stage where that verse was used as a chorus but each verse ended with the Tra la la refrain.

It also included the verse posted by JimmyC (above) and copied here with appropriate modification.

And when they had him surrounded
The sheriff stood up and he said
I'm coming to get ya -
Oh goody I'll let ya
The lavender cowboy replied.
Tra la la
The lavender cowboy replied.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the lavender cowboy
From: Anglo
Date: 18 Mar 07 - 12:19 PM

I remember Rowan's opening verse as being from the version sung (and presumably rewritten) by Paddy Roberts - several threads on him here at Mudcat - the only difference being "…the 'prettiest' horse on the west," at least as I recall it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the lavender cowboy
From: bradfordian
Date: 19 Mar 07 - 10:03 AM

So just to review, there appears to be 2 versions.
The Harold Hersey version (1923)was the original and the Paddy Roberts version refered to by Sorcha (above) presumably a later parody. Very enjoyable!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the lavender cowboy
From: iancarterb
Date: 19 Mar 07 - 10:19 AM

The recorded version of Burl Ives reported by Corey is exactly that text minus the last verse. 10" Columbia lp - cl 6144, More Folk Songs by Burl Ives. Carter B


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the lavender cowboy
From: Rowan
Date: 19 Mar 07 - 04:40 PM

Bradfordian,
I just checked your link(s) and found that, while very enjoyable, your statement "The Harold Hersey version (1923) was the original and the Paddy Roberts version refered to by Sorcha (above) presumably a later parody", while apparently referring to two versions, is actually referring to only one version, according to Wikipedia.

The version I gave the opening to would appear to be different, much later, and a parody of the one associated with Harold Hersey, Paddy Roberts and Burl Ives. Now all we need is the background/author/etc of the parody. The words and melody too.

Cheers Rowan


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Subject: Actual Hersey version
From: Abby Sale
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 10:23 AM

It's 30 years since I've listened to my source for singing this, McCurdy, on The Folk Singer, Seeck - LP, 1957 (no texts). I've sung "Perpeside and many hair tonics" but every current web text or other hearing of I've had gives approximately "Red, green, many color hair tonics."

I finally have in front of me Singing Rawhide; a book of western ballads, by Harold Hersey (with illustrations by Jerry Delano). Copyright 1923-1926 Ace-High Magazine, etc. Edition copyright (&, I assume printed) 1926. In the illustration, the lavender cowboy stands with his back to the saloon bar, his two guns drawn cross-chest but not threatening. The look on his face is hard to see but I'd say 'whimsical.' He is emulating a painting behind the bar of "Wild Bill Hickup In Action" [sic], his guns similarly cross chest but having shot at least three individuals with each.

Hersey was a well-known character & intellectual of the era with many publications, some relating to sex and some to cowboys & some hard comment.

The four verses as printed on p. 13 - (not so different from those above) No tune indicated. Scansion would be slightly pushed to fit the usual tune.

       The Lavender Cowboy

He was only a lavender cowboy,
The hairs on his chest were two....
He wished to follow the heroes
Who fight as the he-men do.

Yet he was inwardly troubled
By a dream that gave no rest;
When he read of heroes in action,
He wanted more hair on his chest.

Herpiside, many hair tonics
Were rubbed in morning and night....
Still, when he looked in the mirror
No new hair grew in sight.

He battled for "Red Nell's" honor
Then cleaned out a hold-up nest,
And died with his six-guns smoking....
But only two hairs on his chest.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the lavender cowboy
From: artbrooks
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 11:15 AM

Seamus Kennedy, back in his youth, recorded the version Sorcha linked to.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the lavender cowboy
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 12:11 PM

No - Seamus Kennedy didn't record it.
Billy Carson did, on an album on which I played backup.
I'll post the words we did a little later.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the lavender cowboy
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 12:33 PM

Okay, here we go.

The Lavender Cowboy

Chorus: He was only a Lavender Cowboy;
He had only 3 hairs on his chest.
And he rode on a filly called Daffydowndilly,
The sexiest horse in the West.

Every morning they'd ride out together,
While others looked on in dismay,
For he rounded up cattle while riding sidesaddle,
Because he was funny that way.

Chorus:

He was only a Lavender Cowboy,
The other cowpokes used to tease,
So he went on a bender and shot a bartender
Because he said "Smile sweetie, please!" (Sung with a lisp)

Chorus:

They sent out a posse to get him,
To bring him back dead or alive,
And they knew as they went they were hot on his scent,
By the smell of Chanel Number 5.

Chorus:

When they finally had him surrounded,
The sheriff stepped forward and said
"I'm coming to get ya" -
"Oh goody! I'll let ya."
The Lavender Cowboy he said.

Chorus:

The sheriff he went for his six-gun,
He took aim and he could not miss,
But our hero was quicker and quick as a flicker,
He blew the brave sheriff.............a kiss!

Chorus:


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the lavender cowboy
From: artbrooks
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 12:34 PM

Oops...sorry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the lavender cowboy
From: Cluin
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 02:43 PM

A band I joined said they used to do this song (with the lyrics Seamus posted above) but that they stopped after someone complained that it was offensive. Shrugs all around.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the lavender cowboy
From: Cluin
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 02:47 PM

Oh, and I remember they told me their version included the "Tra la la"s. They sang it for me once.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the lavender cowboy
From: kendall
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 04:16 PM

I got this one from Buryl Ives and I recorded it just as he sang it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the lavender cowboy
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 05:24 PM

No problem, Art. Guilty by association.

The tune Billy Carson used was 'Botany Bay'.

Nobody got upset back in the early '70's, but you'd be taking a chance doing it nowaays.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the lavender cowboy
From: Rowan
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 06:35 PM

Thanks, people. The words posted by Seamus (with added tra la las) are as I recall them in Oz as introduced (I think, but certainly performed widely) by Dave Alexander in the late 70s early 80s.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: the lavender cowboy
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Jun 10 - 01:40 PM

The version I grew up to was very similiar to the one posted by Seamus with a few minor changes and an additional final verse:

The Lavender Cowboy

Chorus:
He was only a Lavender Cowboy;
Only 3 hairs on his chest.
And he rode on a filly called Daffodil-dilly,
The sexiest horse in the West. (Bar-Um)

Each morning they rode out together,
To all the other cowboys' dismay,
And he rounded up cattle while riding sidesaddle,
Because he was funny that way.

Chorus:

He was only a Lavender Cowboy,
All the other cowboys would grin,
'Til he went on a bender and shot the bartender
And stole all the Strawberry Gin

Chorus:

So the posse they rode out to get him,
To bring him back dead or alive,
And they knew as they went they were hot on his scent,
By the smell of Chanel Number 5.

Chorus:

Well the posse, they had him surrounded,
When the sheriff stepped forward and cried
(Next 2 lines spoken with a break in the music).
"Come on out or we're 'a comin' to get ya" -
"Lovely, I'll be waitin'" (Spoken with a lisp).
(Music restarts).
The Lavender Cowboy replied.

Chorus:

The sheriff he went for his six-gun,
He took aim and he could not miss,
But our hero was quicker and quick as a flicker,
He blew the brave sheriff.............a kiss!

Chorus:

So they shot The Lavender Cowboy
And they laid his poor body to rest.
They said, "You're better off now b'y,
You can't be a cowboy
With only 3 hairs on your chest."

Chorus:


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