Boy heart of Johnny Jones -- aching to-day? Aching, and Buffalo Bill in town? Buffalo Bill and ponies, cowboys, Indians? Some of us know All about it, Johnny Jones. Buffalo Bill is a slanting look of the eyes, A slanting look under a hat on a horse. He sits on a horse and a passing look is fixed On Johnny Jones, you and me, barelegged, A slanting, passing, careless look under a hat on a horse. Go clickety-clack, O pony hoofs along the street. Come on and slant your eyes again, O Buffalo Bill. Give us again the ache of our boy hearts. Fill us again with the red love of prairies, dark nights, lonely wagons, and the crack-crack of rifles sputtering flashes into an ambush.
- by Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967), "Buffalo Bill", appears in Cornhuskers, first published 1918 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Irving Gertz (b. 1915), "Buffalo Bill", published 1960. [SSATBarB chorus and piano] [ sung text not verified ]
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