“School Ma'am on the Flat”


"McClellan was a cowboy of the wild and wooly west." He courts and seduces a "school ma'am." The enter into an unhappy marriage. "If John Henry gets to raring up, he will flog him with his hat Before he goes courting another school ma'am on the flat."

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School Ma'am on the Flat
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From Guy Logsdon, "The Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing" And Other Songs
Cowboys Sing, #6, pp. 53-54. From the singing of Riley Neal. Not dated
but collected before 1976.

McClellan was a cowboy of the wild and wooly west;
His horses and his outfit was of the very best.
He was an educated fellow, don't take him for a fool;
One thing about McClellan, he was handy with his tool.

As McClellan left the cow camp on one Friday night,
he was going to see the school ma'am at the school house painted white;
He'd been courting her for three months now, and thought he'd make his try;
Made up his mind this time that he'd have her or he'd die.

(4 additional stanzas)


  1. Logsdon 6, pp. 53-54, "School Ma'am on the Flat" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST Logs006 (Partial)
  3. Roud #10087
  4. BI, Logs006


Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1976 (collected by Logsdon from Riley Neal)
Found in: US(SW)