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Lyr Req: Ole Buffalo

Pejotka 01 Jan 04 - 09:39 AM
Jim Dixon 02 Jan 04 - 10:58 AM
GUEST,Pejotka 06 Jan 04 - 06:02 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 06 Jan 04 - 06:22 PM
Jim Dixon 06 Jan 04 - 06:41 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 06 Jan 04 - 08:30 PM
Jim Dixon 13 Jan 12 - 02:34 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Ole Buffalo
From: Pejotka
Date: 01 Jan 04 - 09:39 AM

Hi, I´m just listening to a wonderful album by
TRI Continental (Madagaskar Slim, Bill Bourne, Lester Qiutzau)
A wonderful song is "Ole Buffalo".
Has anybody got the lyrics?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ole Buffalo
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 02 Jan 04 - 10:58 AM

OLE BUFFALO, written by Bill Bourne, and performed by "Bourne and MacLeod" (Bill Bourne and Alan MacLeod), appears on their album "Dance and Celebrate," Attic CD 1314, 1991.

Also, Bill Bourne's 1997 solo album "Farmer, Philanthropist & Musician" on Blue Streak Records includes a live performance recorded at the 1994 Edmonton Folk Festival. A 1:36 mp3 file from that CD can be heard at Brouhaha Records Group, Ltd. I transcribed this excerpt:

Oh, yellow flowers in the sun they bloom.
The meadowlark he sing a song.
Peace in the air, love ev'rywhere,
To us such a place belongs.

Look out around the world:
Easy golden days.
Oh, I'm talkin' 'bout a future of happiness
Where man and animals play.

There is a lonesome ol' buffalo.
He's roamin' on the plains all alone.
He does not have anybody.
He doesn't even have a home.

He's standing quiet in the mornin' sun.
His shiny head is hangin' low,
Oh, but his dreams fly high as the sky all right,
An' he join 'em by and by, he know....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ole Buffalo
From: GUEST,Pejotka
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 06:02 PM

Thank you Jim. Thank you so much for your transcribing.I'm going to take my guitar at once and try it out.

Best wishes from Wald-Erlenbach in Germany

Peter


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ole Buffalo
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 06:22 PM

Watching a large buffalo herd in New Mexico (fenced in, just another cattle herd now), older males were solitary, staying away from the bulk of the herd and often leaning against the fence.
Don't know anything about the animal (except as meat on the table) so not sure if this is normal behavior for males.

Last line of last verse- Should it be: And he'll join them, by and by, he knows (or we know). Haven't heard it for a while.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ole Buffalo
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 06:41 PM

Yes, it is normal behavior. I've seen buffalo in Custer State Park, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where they have a large enough range that they can follow their natural instincts, and I learned that buffalo herds usually consist of only cows and young. Adult bulls join the herd only during mating season, and otherwise are loners. There are "wild" buffalo herds also in the Badlands National Park, SD, and in Yellowstone. There may be others.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Ole Buffalo
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 08:30 PM

Thanks, Jim. We estimated the visible herd on this ranch in northern New Mexico at about 2000, sighting it from the highway. The bulls were along the fence and provided the only pictures we took. Looks like the animals follow their natural instincts in captivity as well, provided the area is large enough.


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Subject: Lyr Add: OLE BUFFALO
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Jan 12 - 02:34 PM

Verse 5/10/13/14 is a kind of chorus, but I have not called it that, because the tune is the same as all the other verses, and it is not sung in a regular pattern.


OLE BUFFALO
As sung by Bill Bourne on "Farmer, Philanthropist & Musician" (1997)

1. Oh, yellow flowers in the sun they bloom.
The meadowlark he sing a song.
Peace in the air, love ev'rywhere,
To us such a place belongs.

2. Look out around the world:
Easy golden days.
Oh, I'm talkin' 'bout a future of happiness
Where man and animals play.

3. There is a lonesome ol' buffalo.
He's roamin' on the plains all alone.
He does not have anybody [or "any buddy"?].
He doesn't even have a home.

4. He's standing quiet in the mornin' sun.
His shiny head is hangin' low.
Oh, but his dreams fly high as the sky all right,
An' he join 'em by and by, he knows.

5. Where do you think we are goin'?
Where do you think this will lead?
What are the things worth knowin'
That will satisfy our ev'ry need?

6. Oh, I stood upon a mountaintop.
I saw the river run to the sea.
There was a long line of humanity
Tryin' to get a boat to set them free.

7. I saw a man with his family.
His love for them was clean an' true.
He was searchin' in the trees for the river to take him
On to the God he knew.

8. Oh, an' I read a book that told me
Some things that seemed to touch my soul:
How old Abraham he was a humble man,
Livin' in the days of old.

9. He just pulled up stakes one day.
He left this old world behind.
He did not know what he was goin' to.
He did not know what he would find.

10. Where do you think we are goin'?
Where do you think this will lead?
What are the things worth knowin'
That will satisfy our ev'ry need?

11. There is a lonesome ol' buffalo.
Oh, he's roamin' on the plains all alone.
He does not have anybody [or "any buddy"?].
No, he doesn't even have a home.

12. The yellow flowers in the sun they bloom.
The meadowlark he sing a song.
Peace in the air, love ev'rywhere,
To us such a place belongs.

13. Where do you think we are goin'?
Where do you think this will lead?
What are the things worth knowin'
That will satisfy our ev'ry need?

14. Where do you think we are goin' to?
Where do you think this will lead?
What are the things worth knowin' all about
That will satisfy our ev'ry need?


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