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Thread #74539   Message #1301214
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
19-Oct-04 - 09:32 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Lay Down Little Dogies / ...Doggies
Subject: Lyr Add: NIGHT-HERDING SONG (from John A. Lomax)
The composer of this song is known.

Harry Stephens, before 1909

Oh slow up, dogies, quit your roving round,
You have wandered and tramped all over the ground;
Oh, graze along, dogies, and feed kinda slow,
And don't forever be on the go-
Oh, move slow, dogies, move slow.

Refrain: Hi-oo, hi-oo, oo-oo.

I have circle-herded, trail-herded, night-herded, too,
But to keep you together, that's what I can't do;
My horse is leg-weary and I'm awful tired,
But if I let you get away I'm sure to get fired-
Bunch up, little dogies, bunch up.

Oh, say, little dogies, when you goin' to lay down
And quit this forever siftin' around?
My limbs are weary, my seat is sore;
Oh, lay down, dogies, like you've laid before-
Lay down, little dogies, lay down.

Oh, lay still, dogies, since you have laid down,
Stretch away out on the big open ground;
Snore loud, little dogies, and drown the wild sound
That will all go away when the day rolls round-
Lay still, little dogies, lay still.

Hi-oo, hi-oo, oo-oo

First printed in John A. Lomax, 1910, "Cowboy Songs," pp. 324-325, without music or attribution.
Printed with music, Lomax and Lomax, 1938, "Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads," pp. 60-61. The refrain of the early printing deleted.
Note added in 1938: ""I made up this song while I was night-herding for the Wylie Company, Yellowstone Park." One morning in the spring of 1909 Harry leaned over the gate of my home on the campus of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas and called to me: "Professor, I've come to say good-by. Grass is a-risin, and I've got to move on." Though afterwards he has often written to me, I have never seen him since. He has left behind him a beautiful "Night-Herding Song.""

Fife and Fife, 1969, "Cowboy and Western Songs," print it with different music and no attribution to Stephens; they cite Hendren 338 for the text and the melody to "Girls of the Golden West," Bluebird 5189B. Song 82, pp. 224-225.