“Goodbye, Old Paint”


"Goodbye, old Paint, I'm a-leavin' Cheyenne." The impatient cowboy is off for Montana. He bids farewell to the girl and starts his horses on their way


I classify Emmett Brand's recording here because it has to go somewhere, but it also includes material from "Rye Whiskey (Jack of Diamonds)" and "Wagoner's Lad," and a tune the collector found reminiscent of "One Morning in May." Ah, the folk process! - PJS

Cross references


  • Arkansas Charlie [pseud. for Charlie Craver], "Goodbye Old Paint" (Vocalion 5270, c. 1928)
  • Emmett Brand, "Riding My Buggy, My Whip in My Hand" (on MuSouth06)
  • Sloan Matthews, "Goodbye, Old Paint (II)" (AFS, 1940s; on LC28)
  • Harry "Haywire Mac" McClintock, "Goodbye Old Paint" (Victor 21761, 1928; on WhenIWas1)
  • Patsy Montana, "Ridin' Old Paint" (Conqueror 8575, 1935)
  • Jess Morris, "Goodbye, Old Paint (I)" (AFS, 1942; on LC28, LCTreas)
  • Tex Ritter, "A-Ridin' Old Paint" (Conqueror 8144, 1933/Perfect 12984, 1934; on BackSaddle); "Goodbye Old Paint" (Vocalion 5493, c. 1931; Conqueror 8073, 1932; Vocalion 04911, 1939)
  • Pete Seeger, "Old Paint" (on PeteSeeger09, PeteSeegerCD02)


  1. Larkin, pp. 169-170, "Goodbye, Old Paint" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Lomax-FSUSA 63(A), "Old Paint" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 383-385, "Good-by, Old Paint" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Lomax-FSNA 195, "I'm A-Leavin' Cheyenne" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Scott-BoA, p. 263, "Goodbye, Old Paint" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Fife-Cowboy/West 83, "Old Paint" (3 texts, 1 tune, although the "C" text appears to be "The Wagoner's Lad")
  7. Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 275, "Goodbye, Old Paint" (1 text)
  8. Silber-FSWB, p. 106, "Goodbye Old Paint" (1 text)
  10. Roud #915
  11. BI, LxU063A


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1910 (Lomax)
Keywords: horse cowboy rambling
Found in: US(Ro,So)