By Roger L. Welsch
Folklore tells us anything approximately nearly each element of the lifetime of the folks. This wealthy and interesting choice of Nebraska pioneer folklore, taken mostly from the Nebraska Folklore Pamphlets issued by way of the Federal Writers' venture within the Nineteen Thirties, is meant before everything for the final reader, for the folks whose background it is. Songs of path and prairie and of the Farmers' Alliance, white man's yarns and Indian stories, pioneer Nebraska people customs, sayings, proverbs, ideals, kid's video games, cooking, and cures—these "wondrously enjoyable kaleidoscopic reflections of the folks and surroundings that have been inspirations of the vintage literature of Mari Sandoz and Willa Cather—to identify two—could be a version for Americana creditors in different states to emulate. . . . A treasury indeed."—King beneficial properties Syndicate "Parade of Books."
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Chorus) The Texas Cowboy Here's a cowboy who has roamed from Montana to Indian Territory (Oklahoma), and although he seems to favor Nebraska over other states he has visited, to him there is no place like Texas. Oh, I am a Texas cowboy, Far away from home. If ever I get back to Texas, I never more will roam. Montana is too cold for me And the winters are too long; Before the roundups do begin, Our money is all gone. Take this old hen-skin bedding, Too thin to keep me warm. I nearly freeze to death, my boys, Whenever there's a storm.
Chorus) When the night comes on we hold them on the bed-ground, Those little dogies that roll on so slow; Round up the herd and cut out the strays, And roll the little dogies that never rolled before. (Chorus) Oh, you'll be soup for Uncle Sam's Injuns; "It's beef, heap beef," I hear them cry. Git along, git along, git along there, little dogies, You're gonta be beef steers by and by. (Chorus) The Texas Cowboy Here's a cowboy who has roamed from Montana to Indian Territory (Oklahoma), and although he seems to favor Nebraska over other states he has visited, to him there is no place like Texas.
My name is nothing extra, so it I will not tell And here's to all you Rangers, I'm sure I wish you well. It was at the age of sixteen that I joined the jolly band. We marched from San Antonio down to the Rio Grande. " I saw the smoke ascending, it seemed to reach the sky; The first thought that struck me, my time has come to die. I saw the Indians coming, I heard them give the yell; My feelings at that moment, no tongue can ever tell. I saw the glittering lances, their arrows 'round me flew, And all my strength it left me, and all my courage too.
A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore by Roger L. Welsch