“The Child's Prayer”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1976 (collected by Logsdon from Riley Neal)
Keywords: homicide fire children violence father
Found in: US(SW)

Description

"Way out in western Texas not so many years ago, Where the ranchers hated settlers worse than rattlesnakes, you know," a rancher determines to burn out a settler house. But he hears a child inside praying for her father and quickly calls off the attack

Supplemental text

Child's Prayer, The
  Partial text(s)

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From Guy Logsdon, "The Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing" And Other Songs
Cowboys Sing, #8, pp. 58-59. From the singing of Riley Neal. Not dated
but collected before 1976.

Way out in western Texas not so many years ago,
Where the ranchers hated settlers worse than rattlesnakes, you know,
When one would come in the country you'd hear a rancher say,
"Go over there, boys, tell them to get away;
Tell them we'll steam their cattle, burn their cabin into coals,
If they act a little contrary, fill them full of bullet holes."

(3 additional stanzas)

References

  1. Logsdon 8, pp. 58-59, "The Child's Prayer" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST Logs008 (Partial)
  3. Roud #10088
  4. BI, Logs008