“Root, Hog, or Die! (III -- The Bull-Whacker)”


A "Western" "Root Hog" version, with the singer herding cattle and keeping an eye out for local wildlife. He complains about the hard life and bad food, but also talks about the pretty girls


The final verses of this version resemble the bawdy text (Root, Hog, or Die II), and one wonders if this version might not have been cleaned up. But the lead-in is completely different. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Lomax-FSNA 171, "Root, Hog, or Die" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 430-432, "The Bull-Whacker" (1 text)
  3. Fife-Cowboy/West 11, "Root Hog or Die" (2 texts, 1 tune, of which the "B" text, "The Philosophical Cowboy," appears to belong here)
  4. DT, ROOTHOG1*
  5. Roud #4292
  6. BI, LoF171


Alternate titles: “The Philosophical Cowboy”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934
Keywords: work travel animal whore
Found in: US