“The Chisholm Trail (II)”


This is a virtually endless sexual adventure of a cowboy punching the "goddam" herd. Versions of this ballad vary greatly, including laments for having contracted venereal disease from either the minister's or the Old Man's daughter.


Annotator G. Legman in Randolph-Legman I lumps "Chisholm Trail" with "Gonna Tie My Pecker to My Leg" versions. - EC

It should be noted that there is no clear distinction between the "clean" and "dirty" versions of this song; a particular singer could make it as raunchy as desired. The split here is a false split, mostly to emphasize that the song has been frequently bowdlerized. - RBW

Cross references


  • Cowboy Rodgers, "Old Chisholm Trail" (Varsity 5044, c. 1940)


  1. Cray, pp. 186-192, "The Chisholm Trail" (3 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Randolph-Legman I, pp. 199-205, "The Old Chisholm Trail" (5 texts, 2 tunes)
  3. Logsdon 9, pp. 60-69, "Jimmie Tucker" (2 texts, 1 tune, plus many excerpts from mostly-bawdy texts, including some from "Gonna Tie My Pecker to My Leg")
  4. DT, (CHISHLM -- a combination of clean and dirty versions)
  5. Roud #3438
  6. BI, EM186


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1910 (Lomax, Cowboy Songs)
Found in: Australia US(Ro,So,SW)