“Come List to a Ranger (The Disheartened Ranger)”


"Come list to a ranger, you kind-hearted stranger... Who fought the Comanches away from your ranches And followed them far o'er the Western frontier." He complains of the hard conditions he suffered, and warns the listener to keep watch for Comanches


The Texas Rangers were initially founded during the period of the Texas Rebellion, as the defense force of the new county. And Texas, from the moment it declared independence to the time it joined the United States, had budget problems. So it would be little surprise to find a particular soldier ill-paid.

Several of the versions, such as Logsdon's, seem to go back to this period; the Ranger declares that he is quitting and going back to the "States." Other versions just sound like standard soldier complaints. It's not really clear which is original. - RBW


  1. Randolph 181, "Come List to a Ranger" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Logsdon 7, pp. 55-57, "Texas Ranger's Lament" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Roud #5481
  5. BI, R181


Alternate titles: “Disheartened RangerThe ”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1910 (Lomax, Cowboy Songs)
Found in: US(So,SW)