Root, Hog, or Die! (III -- The Bull-Whacker)

DESCRIPTION: A "Western" "Root Hog" version, with the singer herding cattle and keeping an eye out for local wildlife. He complains about the hard life and bad food, but also talks about the pretty girls
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1934; Hubbard-BalladsAndSongsFromUtah's source claimed to have learned it around 1888
KEYWORDS: work travel animal whore
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Hubbard-BalladsAndSongsFromUtah, #157, "The Bull Whacker" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FolkSongsOfNorthAmerica 171, "Root, Hog, or Die" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax/Lomax-AmericanBalladsAndFolkSongs, pp. 430-432, "The Bull-Whacker" (1 text)
Fife/Fife-CowboyAndWesternSongs 11, "Root Hog or Die" (2 texts, 1 tune, of which the "B" text, "The Philosophical Cowboy," appears to belong here)

Roud #4292
cf. "Root, Hog, or Die" [Laws B21] and references there
The Philosophical Cowboy
NOTES [32 words]: The final verses of this version resemble the bawdy text (Root, Hog, or Die II), and one wonders if this version might not have been cleaned up. But the lead-in is completely different. - RBW
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