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Margo Lyr Req: Riding Old Paint and Leading Old Ball (22) Lyr Add: RIDIN' OL' PAINT AND LEADIN' OL' BALL 07 Apr 01

OK Joe - Heeeeeeeeeere's Ol' Paint!

(Curley Fletcher)

I'm getting mighty tired of single life
I'm going to settle down and get me a wife
Away out west where the sun shines every day
Going to get me a job and save my pay
I'll get me a herd and start me a brand
Away out west where a man is a man
And a man must stand straight and tall
I'll be riding old paint and leading old ball

Riding old paint and leading old ball
Going to quit work this coming fall
Going to the mountains and live until I'm old
Going to Oregon and look for some gold
Going to get married I swear I will
Going to settle down on the Santa Fe trail
And I'll answer my wife's every beck and call
But I'll still be riding old paint and leading old ball

Second verse
Every night when my work is through
We will go strolling just we two
Down the trail where the sun sets in the west
We will meet all challenges without protest
And every night beneath the stars
I'll play my cowboy songs on my old guitar
And I'll always be standing straight and tall
And I'll still be riding old paint and leading old ball

And Louis Roy's note to me:
This was written by Curley Fletcher a champion Bull,Saddle and BareBack Rider about 1915 and the first person that I heard sing it was MontanaSlim.The Words I sent you came from the song book with all of Curley's songs in it, given to me in 1931 by my Uncle.

The version I have on tape is sung by a gal and is changed to reflect her point of view. It doesn't contain as many lines per verse (boy, if I skipped a space between the last two words, it would be perverse! But I digress...) Thanks to Louis Roy for the lyrics!! Margo

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