Chisholm Trail

Still another cowboy song. Well, I bought a hat and have to justify the purchase you see. I got some choice verses from Mike Seeger. The tune and the "whoop-a-la" come from, who else, Tex Ritter.

Lyrics: 

Come along boys and listen to my tale
I’ll tell ya bout my troubles on the old Chisholm trail

Come a ti yi yippee yippee yi yippee yea.
Come a whoop-a-la, yip-eye yea.

We started up the trail October twenty third
Started up the trail with the 2-U herd

Come a . . .

On a ten dollar hoss and a forty dollar saddle
I’ll make my livin punchin Texas cattle.

Come a . . .

It’s cloudy in the west and it looks like rain
And my darned old slickers in the wagon again

Come a . . .

I went to the boss to draw my money
And I went to town to see my honey

Come a . . .

But my honey wouldn’t see me and she threw me down
So I got drunk and I shot up the town

Come a . . .

So they took me to court and they fined me ten
So I paid them twenty and I got drunk again.

Come a . . .

They took me to court and they throwed me in jail
And I got my boss for to go my bail

Come a . . .

Now I’m back at work and it ain’t no joke
I’m a darned good cowboy when I’m broke.

Come a . . .

With my feet in the stirrup and my seat in the sky
I’m gonna punch cattle in the sweet by and by

Come a . . .

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Tuning: 
Standard C