“Where the Bravest Cowboys Lie”


The singer, a mountain resident, courts a girl; she agrees to marry him if he becomes a cowboy. Despite his parents' advice, he takes to the trail -- and suffers cold, snow, and Indian attacks. The singer wishes to "fly to where the bravest cowboys lie."


I have to suspect that the Fife version of this piece is a fusion of two pieces, one in which an Indian attack was foiled and another in which it succeeded. (The introduction, about loving the girl, might even be a third piece). As the song stands, it doesn't really make sense. But since I can't identify the earlier pieces, I have to list it as one. - RBW


  1. Fife-Cowboy/West 55, "Where the Bravest Cowboys Lie" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #11086
  3. BI, FCW055


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1966
Found in: US