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GUEST,Q Lyr Req: Whose Old Cow (N. Howard Thorp) (26) Lyr Add: WHOSE OLD COW (N. Howard Thorp) 08 Aug 03

(Whose Old Cow?)

Twas the end of roundup, the last day of June
Or maybe July I dont just remember
Or it might have been August 'twas some time ago
Or perhaps was the first of September.

Anyhow 'twas the roundup we had at Mayou
On the lightning rod's range near Cayo
There was some twenty wagons "more or less" camped about
On the temporal in the Cañon.

First night we'd no cattle so we only stood guard
On the horses somewhere 'bout two hundred head
So we side-lined and hoppled we belled and we staked
Loose'd our hot rolls and fell into bed.

Next morning 'bout daybreak we started our work
Our horses like possums felt fine
Each "one 'tendin' knitten!" none trying to shirk
So the roundup got on in good time.

Well we worked for a week 'till the country was clear
An' the boss said "now boys we'll stay here
We'll carve and we'll trim 'em an' start out a herd
Up the east trail from old Abilene.

Next morning' all on herd an' but two with the cut
An' the boss on Piute carving fine
'Till he rode down his horse and had to pull out
An' a new man went in to clean up.

Well after each outfit had worked on the band
There was only three head of them left
When Nig Add from L F D outfit road in
A dictionary on earmarks an' brands.

He cut the two head out told where they belonged
But when the last cow stood there alone
Add's eyes bulged so he did'nt 'no just what to say
'Ceptin' boss der's sumpin' here monstrous wrong.

White folks smarter'n Add an' maybe I'se wrong
But here's six months wages dat I'll give
If anyone'll tell me when I reads de mark
To who dis long horned cow belongs.

Overslope in right ear an' de underbill
Left ear swallerfork an de undercrop
Hole punched in centre an' de jinglebob
Under half crop an' de slash an' split.

She's got O block an' lightnin' rod
Nine forty-six an' A bar eleven
T terrapin an' ninety-seven
Rafter cross an' de double prod.
Half circle A an' diamond D
Four cross L an' three P Z
B W I bar X V V
Bar N cross an' A L C

So if no 'o you punchers claims dis cow
Mr Stock 'Sociation needn't get alarmed
For one brand more or less wont do no harm
So old Nigger Add'l just brand her now.

From "Songs of the Cowboys," N. Howard Thorp, 1908, pp. 42-44, News Print Shop, Estancia, New Mexico, facsimile copy.
No comment or author cited, possibly by Thorp. Not check-marked as "his" in the copy used by the Fifes. Punctuation left as in the original, "improved" by the Fifes and in Lomax 1938.
Couldn't find in DT or Forum, but may be there.

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