Backward, Turn Backward (I)
DESCRIPTION: "Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight, Bring back my ability if just for tonight. Bring back that riding ability of mine, Don't let the bull buck my ass off this time."
AUTHOR: Joe Cavanaugh?
EARLIEST DATE: 1954
KEYWORDS: parody cowboy animal humorous
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Ohrlin-HBT 55, "Backward, Turn Backward" (1 short text, 1 tune)
cf. "Rock Me to Sleep Again, Mother" (tune)
cf. "Cowboy Again for a Day" (tune, lyrics)
NOTES [60 words]: Ohrlin believed that Joe Cavanaugh made up this parody on the spot at a competition in 1954. (The original is "Rock Me to Sleep Again, Mother," and is quoted by Laura Ingalls Wilder in chapter 19 of Little Town on the Prairie, but this is probably derived from "Cowboy Again for a Day.") But this cannot be absolutely proved, so it goes into the Index. - RBW
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