“The Cowboy's Life”

Author: James Barton Adams?
Earliest date: 1916 (Lomax)
Keywords: cowboy work home nonballad

Description

"The bawl of a steer To a cowboy's ear Is music of sweetest strain; And the yelping notes Of the gray coyotes To him are a glad refrain." The cowboy recalls home and girl, and concludes, "Saddle up, boys, For the work is play."

Notes

Given the metre, the form, the contents, and the Lomaxness of this item, I'd bet a lot that it isn't traditional; John Lomax doubtless threw it into _Cowboy Songs_ just to add bulk to the volume. But we can't prove it, so here it is. - RBW

References

  1. Saffel-CowboyP, p. 219-220, "The Cowboy's Life" (1 text)
  2. Roud #8062
  3. BI, Saffe219