Where the Bravest Cowboys Lie
DESCRIPTION: 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."
EARLIEST DATE: 1966
KEYWORDS: love courting travel cowboy fight death Indians(Am.)
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Fife-Cowboy/West 55, "Where the Bravest Cowboys Lie" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: 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
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