My love is a rider, my love is a rider ... My true love is a rider wild broncos he breaks, though he promised to quit for my sake. It's one foot in the stirrup and the saddle put on with a swing and a jump he is mounted and gone. The first time I met him it was early one spring a riding a bronco a high headed thing. The next time I saw him 'twas late in the fall a swinging the girls at Tomlinson's ball. He gave me some presents among them a ring the return that I gave him was a far better thing; A young maiden's heart, I'd have you all know, that he won it by riding his bucking bronco. Now all young maidens, where're you reside, beware of the cowboy who swings rawhide, He'll court you and pet you and leave you to go in the spring up the trail on his bucking bronco.
Three Cowboy Songs
Song Cycle by Libby Larsen (b. 1950)
1. Bucking bronco  [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Belle Starr (1848 - 1889) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
2. Lift me into heaven slowly  [sung text checked 1 time]
Lift me into heaven slowly, cause my back's sore and my mind's thoughtful and I'm not even sure I want to go.
- by Robert Creeley (1926 - 2005) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
3. Billy the Kid  [sung text checked 1 time]
Billy was a bad man [And]1 carried a big gun, He was always after [Greasers]2 And [kept 'em]3 on the run. He shot one every morning [For]1 to make his morning meal. [And let a white man]4 sass him, He was [shore]5 to feel his steel. He kept folks in hot water, [And he]1 stole from [many a]6 stage, [And]1 when he was full of liquor He was always in a rage.7 [But]8 one day he met a man [Who was]1 a whole lot badder and now he's dead and we ain't none the sadder.
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author, "Billy the Kid", first published <<1918 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Text can be found in Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads collected by John A. Lomax, M. A., 1918
1 omitted by Larsen.
2 Larsen: "good folks"
3 Larsen: "he kept them"
4 Larsen: "Let a man"
5 Larsen: "sure"
6 Larsen: "ev'ry"
7 Larsen adds:
He kept things boilin' over, he stayed out in the brush, when he was full of dead eye, other folks'ld better hush.8 Larsen: "Billy was a bad man, but"
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