Chisholm Trail (II), The
DESCRIPTION: This is a virtually endless sexual adventure of a cowboy punching the "goddam" herd. Versions of this ballad vary greatly, including laments for having contracted venereal disease from either the minister's or the Old Man's daughter.
EARLIEST DATE: 1910 (Lomax, Cowboy Songs)
KEYWORDS: bawdy cowboy humorous sex disease
FOUND IN: Australia US(Ro,So,SW)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Cray, pp. 186-192, "The Chisholm Trail" (3 texts, 1 tune)
Randolph-Legman I, pp. 199-205, "The Old Chisholm Trail" (5 texts, 2 tunes)
Logsdon 9, pp. 60-69, "Jimmie Tucker" (2 texts, 1 tune, plus many excerpts from mostly-bawdy texts, including some from "Gonna Tie My Pecker to My Leg")
DT, (CHISHLM -- a combination of clean and dirty versions)
Cowboy Rodgers, "Old Chisholm Trail" (Varsity 5044, c. 1940)
cf. "Gonna Tie My Pecker to My Leg"
cf. "The Chisholm Trail (I)" (tune & meter)
NOTES [64 words]: Annotator G. Legman in Randolph-Legman I lumps "Chisholm Trail" with "Gonna Tie My Pecker to My Leg" versions. - EC
It should be noted that there is no clear distinction between the "clean" and "dirty" versions of this song; a particular singer could make it as raunchy as desired. The split here is a false split, mostly to emphasize that the song has been frequently bowdlerized. - RBW
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