“The Cowboy's Life”


"The bawl of a steer To a cowboy's ear Is music of sweetest strain; And the yelping notes Of the gray coyotes To him are a glad refrain." The cowboy recalls home and girl, and concludes, "Saddle up, boys, For the work is play."


Given the metre, the form, the contents, and the Lomaxness of this item, I'd bet a lot that it isn't traditional; John Lomax doubtless threw it into _Cowboy Songs_ just to add bulk to the volume. But we can't prove it, so here it is. - RBW


  1. Saffel-CowboyP, p. 219-220, "The Cowboy's Life" (1 text)
  2. Roud #8062
  3. BI, Saffe219


Author: James Barton Adams?
Earliest date: 1916 (Lomax)