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Lyr Add: Fugitive's Lament

GUEST,S. Varner 10 Oct 04 - 11:56 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 11 Oct 04 - 05:55 PM
Joe Offer 30 Dec 20 - 09:09 PM
GUEST,Hootenanny 31 Dec 20 - 07:43 AM
GUEST,# 01 Jan 21 - 03:38 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: FUGITIVE'S LAMENT (from Delmore Brothers)
From: GUEST,S. Varner
Date: 10 Oct 04 - 11:56 AM

FUGITIVE'S LAMENT
(from Delmore Brothers)

I hear the sad howling of coyotes prowling
It sounds so mournful to me
It brings back memories of cherished loved ones
Of ones I'm longing to see

    (Chorus)
    I'm riding along out on the lone prairie
    The rangers are searching for me
    I'm riding away from my home in Texas
    A fugitive ever to be

I had a good mother I had a good father
They handed a warning to me
The men that I ran with committed a murder
And laid the blame on me

Little Maggie my sweetheart I know she's lonely
And longs for me to return
My happiness ended the night we parted
And now for her I yearn

How lonely how dreary with nothing to cheer me
My thoughts go stealing back home
My life of sadness will never know gladness
I'm branded forever to roam

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As sung by the Delmore Brothers
Featured in the CD "When I Was A Cowboy" (Vol 2)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fugitive's Lament
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 11 Oct 04 - 05:55 PM

The Traditional Ballad Index gives a cross-reference to Wandering Cowboy (the one about the boy who went west because of a gang murder in which he became implicated).
I doubt that the two are related.
The Delmore albums of cowboy songs sem to be out of print.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fugitive's Lament
From: Joe Offer
Date: 30 Dec 20 - 09:09 PM

A group called The Floorbirds has a song called "Ranger's Lament." Seems like a strange title, because it's this "Fugitive's Lament" about fleeing from the rangers. The rangers aren't lamenting at all in the Floorbirds recording.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7yRPLmaRNw


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fugitive's Lament
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 31 Dec 20 - 07:43 AM

Q

It is an album of cowboy songs by various performers and was issued on the YAZOO label, label number 2023 "When I Was a Cowboy" Vol.2 Probably still available


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fugitive's Lament
From: GUEST,#
Date: 01 Jan 21 - 03:38 PM

Here's the Delmore Brothers record of the song from 1935.

https://secondhandsongs.com/work/143652


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