When I Was a Cowboy

DESCRIPTION: "When I was a cowboy, out on the western plains (x2), I made a half a million pulling on the bridle reins." The cowboy boasts of fighting Jesse James and Buffalo Bill. He advises, in the event of fire, abandoning the house and saving the "jelly"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1934
KEYWORDS: cowboy bragging outlaw fight nonsense
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Lomax-FSNA 197, "When I Was a Cowboy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-ABFS, pp. 379-380, "When I Was a Cowboy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fife-Cowboy/West 29, "When I Was a Cowboy" (2 texts, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Moses Asch and Alan Lomax, Editors, _The Leadbelly Songbook_, Oak, 1962, p. 47, "Cow Cow Yicky Yicky Yea" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #3438
NOTES: The Lomax version of this song comes from Lead Belly, and the Fife versions derive from Lomax. So it's not clear how much of this is truly traditional and how much Lead Belly. The "B" text in Fife looks a bit like a Lomax rework; it has stanzas reminiscent of "The Foggy, Foggy Dew" and "Rosemary Lane." - RBW
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File: LoF197

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