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Posted By: Mick Pearce (MCP)
25-Apr-13 - 04:39 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 5
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 5
Richie

The Percy Ridge recording is in a programme at archive.org: Eat My Country Acapella. (It's a big download, ca 109Mb, the song is at 46 mins in)
If you don't want to download the whole thing and you'd like an mp3 of just the song (~2Mb) pm me an email address and I'll forward it to you.

Below is my transcription, but I'd like someone to check it.

I can't find the Harry Jackson version anywhere (except in holding university indexes).


Mick



THE WESTERN COWBOY

When I was a cowboy out on the Western plain
Made a half a million pullin' on my bridle rein.
O my wife, O my wife, won't you please listen to me,
O my wife, O my wife, won't you please listen to me,
Whose horse is that in my horse-chaise? where my horse used to be?

Blind fool, blind fool, you blind you cannot see,
Blind fool, blind fool, you blind you cannot see
Nothing but a milk cow your mother sent to me.

Over many miles I've travelled, like to travel a-many more,
Many miles I've travelled, like to travel a-many more,
Never seen a milk cow with a saddle on before.

Blind fool, blind fool, you blind you cannot see,
Blind fool, blind fool, you blind you cannot see,
Nothing but a milk cow your mother sent to me

O my wife, O my wife, won't you please listen to me
O my wife, O my wife, won't you please listen to me
Whose boots are that behind the door where my boot used to be?

Blind fool, blind fool, you blind you cannot see,
Blind fool, blind fool, you blind you cannot see,
Nothing but a milk churn that your mother sent to me.

Over many miles I've travelled, like to travel a-many more,
Over many miles I've travelled, like to travel a-many more,
Never seen a milk churn with spurs all on the floor.

O my wife, O my wife, won't you please listen to me
O my wife, O my wife, won't you please listen to me
Whose head is that on my pillow where my head used to be?

Blind fool, blind fool, you blind you cannot see,
Blind fool, blind fool, you blind you cannot see,
Nothing but a baby your mother sent to me.


Spoken:
Now this song was sung by Percy Ridge of Fort Worth, Texas, on April the 10th, 1934.




Source: Percy Ridge from link above.