Jolly Cowboy (I), The

DESCRIPTION: "My lover, he is a cowboy, he's brave and kind and true"; when he comes home, the two meet joyfully and the boy talks about his life on the trail. She says they will marry when he returns; he is quoted as promising to quit herding when he marries
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1910 (Lomax)
KEYWORDS: love cowboy work separation reunion promise marriage
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Thorp/Logsdon-SongsOfTheCowboys, pp. 86-88, "The Jolly Cowboy" (1 text)
Saffel-CowboyPoetry, p. 209-210, "The Jolly Cowboy" (1 text)

Roud #4482
NOTES [46 words]: In print, with quotation marks to indicate who is saying what, this song makes sense, though even in print, the transitions seem abrupt. In song, without such helps, it strikes me as hard to comprehend. I wonder if it isn't composite -- after all, it was published by Lomax. - RBW
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