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Tenderfoot (D.J. O'Malley) I thought, one morning just for fun, I'd see how ropin' cows was done; So when the roundup had begun I tackled the cattle king. He said, "My foreman's gone to town, He's in a saloon, his name is Brown You just go see him, he'll take you down." Says I, "That's just the thing." We went to the ranch the very next day, Brown talked to me 'most all the way. He said "Punchin' cows is nothin' but play. T'aint hardly no work at all." He said," There's nothing to do but ride It's just like drifting with the tide." That son of a bitch! Oh how he lied! He had one hell of a gall. Sometimes those cattle would make a break And across the prairie they would take, Just like they was running for a stake. To them it was nothing but play. Sometimes they would stumble and fall Sometimes you couldn't head them at all And we'd shoot on like a cannonball Till the ground came in our way. They saddled me up on an old gray hack With a great big seat stuck on his back; They padded him down with a gunny sack And with my bedroll, too. When I got on him, he left the ground Jumped up in the air, and circled around. When I come down, I busted the ground, I had a Hell of a fall! They picked me up and carried me in, And rubbed me down with a picket pin. They says," That's the way they all begin," "You're doin' fine", says Brown. Tomorrow morning, if you don't die We'll give you another horse to try." "Say, mister, can't I walk?", says I Says Brown, "Yep, back to town." I've traveled up, I've traveled down, I've traveled this wide world all around. I've lived in city, I've lived in town; And here's what I've got to say: Before you try cowpunching, kiss your wife Take a lot of insurance on your life And cut your throat with a butcher knife. It's easier that way. This was copywrited by Paull- Pioneer Music Co., 1932, with words credited to D. J. O'Malley. I heard it from my father, who learned it in the late 1920's. RG DT #599 Laws B27 RG
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