Whoa Haw Buck and Jerry Boy With a merry little jig and a happy little song Whoa Haw Buck and Jerry Boy We trudge our way the whole day long Whoa Haw Buck and Jerry Boy Look at us now all covered with dust It's better than staying home to rust We'll make Salt Lake someday or bust Whoa Haw Buck and Jerry Boy There's a pretty little gal in the outfit ahead Whoa Haw Buck and Jerry Boy Wish she was by my side instead Whoa Haw Buck and Jerry Boy Look at her now with a pout on her lips As daintily with her finger tips She picks for the fire some buffalo chips Whoa Haw Buck and Jerry Boy Well we dance all night by the light of the moon Whoa Haw Buck and Jerry Boy To the fiddler's best and only tune Whoa Haw Buck and Jerry Boy Holding her hand and stealing a kiss Never a step to the dance we miss Never did I know a love like this Whoa Haw Buck and Jerry Boy The tune is adapted from "Turkey in the Straw" Dancing was a common practice along the Mormon Pioneer trail. I suspect this song is from the 1860's, by which time semi-professional wagon trains were dispatched from Salt Lake to bring the Mormon converts across the plains to Utah. They were mostly manned by teenage bullwhackers. One of the advantages to being a bullwhacker in these trains was that you got to meet all the new girls first, before they got to Salt Lake. Recorded on They Think We Live on Carrots Down in Utah, a collection of old pioneer melodies, dance tunes, and songs recorded in 1995 by Cory Webster and several other musicians at the University of Utah. JW oct97
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