Goodbye Old Paint

Tex Ritter

One day, "I Ride an Old Paint" and "The Waggoner's Lad" were grazing in the back pasture and this song is the result of their acquaintance. The the tune and words I sing here are the same as in Tex Ritter’s 1933 recording. Not that this is any different from traditional versions, but it gives me an excuse to mention Tex.

Those of us old enough will recall that Tex was one of the earliest singing cowboy actors. Many of his early recordings were done in old authentic cowboy style rather than the later western swing style associated with Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. I love that music too, but Tex was special and made a lasting contribution to the preservation of traditional music as well as to the rise of country western music. I learned many of my first cowboy songs from Tex’ “Blood on the Saddle” album in 1959. "Goodbye Old Paint" was Tex' first recording.

Some gratuitous actor trivia: John Ritter (Three's Company) was the son of Tex.

A added this song at the request of Sarah Taylor Swearer. I thought Sarah might enjoy this one too: http://youtu.be/jVfF_ClUjFE

Woo ha!

Lyrics: 

My feet are in the stirrup my bridle in my hand
Goodbye my little doney you know my pony won’t stand

Goodbye Old Paint I'm a-leaving Cheyenne
Goodbye Old Paint I'm a-leaving Cheyenne
I’m a leavin Cheyenne, I’m off for Montan
Goodbye, woo-ha, I'm leaving Cheyenne
Goodbye old Paint, I’m leaving Cheyenne

Old Paint's a good pony, he paces when he can
Goodbye my little Annie I'm off for Montan

Goodbye Ol Paint I'm a-leaving Cheyenne
. . .

Oh hitch up your horses & feed them some hay
And seat yourself beside me as long as you can stay

Goodbye Ol Paint I'm a-leaving Cheyenne
. . .

My horses ain't hungry they can't eat your hay
My wagon is loaded and a rolling away

Goodbye Ol Paint I'm a-leaving Cheyenne
. . .

My feet are in the stirrup my bridle in my hand
Good mornin’ young ladies my horses won’t stand

Goodbye Ol Paint I'm a-leaving Cheyenne
. . .

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Tuning: 
standard