Doney Gal

DESCRIPTION: "A cowboy's life is a weary thing, Rope and brand and ride and sing.... Rain or shine, sleet or snow, Me and my Doney gal are bound to go." The cowboy describes the hard work he and his horse do as they herd the cattle
AUTHOR: claimed by Louise Williams Henson
EARLIEST DATE: 1938 (Lomax, Cowboy Songs, revised edition)
KEYWORDS: cowboy horse work
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (6 citations):
Lomax-Singing, pp. 250-251, "Doney Gal" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSNA194, "Doney Gal" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fife-Cowboy/West 85, "Doney Gal" (3 texts, 1 tune)
Tinsley, pp. 118-121, "Doney Gal" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 106, "Doney Gal" (1 text)
DT, DONEYGAL*

Roud #3587
NOTES: "Doney" is a variant of "dona", from the Italian word "donna," meaning "woman." - PJS
(I believe the cowboy derivation is actually from Spanish "dona," which also means "woman" or "wife"; presumably the American cowboys got it from the Mexicans. - RBW)
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File: LoF194

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