“The Cowboys' New Years Dance”


"We were sitting round the ranch house some twenty hands or more, Most of us Americans but a few from Arkansas...." "Twas with them I attended the Cowboys' New Years Ball." The extravagant dance is described in extravagant terms


Thorp in his 1908 edition credits this to an unknown "Mark Chisholm." On the other hand, Thorp appears to have marked the song as one of his own in a copy given to a friend. Since the song does not seem to have appeared elsewhere, either in oral tradition or in print, it probably doesn't matter much. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Thorp/Fife XXII, pp. 251-253 (44-48), "The Cowboys New Years Dance" (1 text)
  2. Roud #12501
  3. BI, TF22


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1908
Keywords: cowboy party parody