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Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs

Bill D 19 Mar 03 - 05:44 PM
Mudlark 19 Mar 03 - 04:16 PM
Jim Colbert 19 Mar 03 - 01:58 PM
Sandy Mc Lean 19 Mar 03 - 12:59 PM
BUTTERFLY 19 Mar 03 - 12:55 PM
allanwill 19 Mar 03 - 12:18 PM
Amos 19 Mar 03 - 11:54 AM
ard mhacha 19 Mar 03 - 11:47 AM
Wesley S 19 Mar 03 - 11:17 AM
Bill D 19 Mar 03 - 10:49 AM
Midchuck 19 Mar 03 - 10:44 AM
Jim Colbert 19 Mar 03 - 10:32 AM
Seamus Kennedy 19 Mar 03 - 02:30 AM
open mike 19 Mar 03 - 02:11 AM
Rapparee 19 Mar 03 - 01:02 AM
Amos 18 Mar 03 - 11:23 PM
GUEST 18 Mar 03 - 11:14 PM
Alice 08 Mar 00 - 03:19 PM
Kim C 08 Mar 00 - 02:38 PM
BlueSage 08 Mar 00 - 01:59 PM
Songster Bob 08 Mar 00 - 12:53 AM
TheOldMole 07 Mar 00 - 08:32 PM
John in Brisbane 07 Mar 00 - 08:04 PM
Metchosin 07 Mar 00 - 12:31 AM
GUEST,Axeman 06 Mar 00 - 11:37 PM
John in Brisbane 06 Mar 00 - 11:35 PM
GUEST,Frankie 06 Mar 00 - 11:28 PM
ddw 06 Mar 00 - 10:23 PM
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Liz the Squeak 06 Mar 00 - 08:58 PM
Lanfranc 06 Mar 00 - 07:20 PM
Rex 06 Mar 00 - 06:31 PM
Dan Evergreen 06 Mar 00 - 11:49 AM
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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Bill D
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 05:44 PM

at Rose, the Record Lady's site mentioned above, you can hear two
versions of "Oklahoma Hills" (am I pushing Rose? *grin*...you betcha!)


'Oklahoma Hills' - Hank Thompson (A-8)
'Oklahoma Hills' - Jack Guthrie (A-8)


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Mudlark
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 04:16 PM

For good old-fashioned country-western sentimentality there is nothing better than the Mom and Dad Waltz. On a lighter but more lugubrious note, Tyson's Darcy Farrow. And I think Pancho and Lefty is one of the great all-time western theme songs. Also, Oklahoma Hills (Way down yonder in the Indian Nation...) by Jack Guthrie is fun to sing, ditto All Along the Water Tower, by I think Jimmie Rogers?


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Jim Colbert
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 01:58 PM

Boy, I never really thought of Spoon river (written by Mike smith, I believe) to be a cowboy/western song... but I can see how you could due to the time frame.

Did Masters have a specific time frame in mind? I honestly can't recall.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 12:59 PM

Woody's great song "Philadelphia Lawyer" is in the DT.
This was one cowboy that you didn't mess with!


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: BUTTERFLY
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 12:55 PM

Dave Oesterreich (5.3.2000) mentioned the song "Bury Me Out on the Prairie" with lyrics:

"Wrap me up in my blanket,
Bury me deep in the ground
Cover me over with boulders
Of granite, gray and round."

This seems to come from "I've No Use for the Women". Although not deeply into Cowboy songs this is one of the best tunes in the "Cowboy Song" section of a CD-ROM I purchased from Rod Smith in England not too long back (it contains the lyrics and music for over 6,000 songs, mainly folk-oriented, for less than £20 (c. $30). The other nice tunes in this section have mostly been mentioned either under the same names as on the CD-ROM, eg "Trail to Mexico", "Streets of Laredo" or others, eg "Stern Old Bachelor" is presumably the same as "Little Sod Shanty". However 2 very nice ones ("Hell in Texas" and "Sioux Indians") have not been mentioned by anyone yet. Some of these songs are on the website www.traditionalmusic.co.uk though unfortunately many have had to be removed from the website "due to restrictions on band width". Worth checking this out (I have no connection with Mr. Smith other than as a satisfied customer.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: allanwill
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 12:18 PM

A couple of Steve Goodman songs, Roving Cowboy and Spoon River, would fit very nicely.

Allan


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Amos
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 11:54 AM

Actually, I have loved Night Rider's Lament ever since I learned it from Mudjack last summer.

A


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: ard mhacha
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 11:47 AM

I had an old recording of Woody Guthrie singing , I ride an old paint, which I always liked, and then I heard Linda Ronstadt singing this song a few weeks ago, pure magic.
So ,Old Paint is tops, Bing Crosby singing, Home on the Range,
and Hank Williams, I`m so lonesome I could cry, pure poetry. Ard Mhacha.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Wesley S
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 11:17 AM

Theres a new CD out entitled "High Lonesome Cowboy" by Peter Rowan and Don Edwards. They are joined by Tony Rice and Norman Blake. I can't recommend it enough. I'm sure you'll like it. Great cowboy songs with a bit of a bluegrass edge to it.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Bill D
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 10:49 AM

if you go to Rose, the Record Lady, you can HEAR many cowboy and C&W songs....many means several thousand! click here to see a list by title.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Midchuck
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 10:44 AM

Two new ones that I've just learned and have been singing to the point of driving those around me crazy:

Bandolier, by Jack Hardy, off his new CD of the same title.

Mick Ryan's Lament, from the Tim O'Brien Two Journeys CD. (The melody is "Garryowen>")

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Jim Colbert
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 10:32 AM

You can't go wrong with virtually anything from Marty Robbins: Gunfighter Ballads and Trail songs, or Tom Russell's Cowboy Real and songs from the west. I was always fond of Art Thieme's rendering of the cowboy's barbara allen too... and Dobie bill. I guess that's more a gunfighter song that a cowboy song if you want to split horsehairs.

I'd reckon my absolute favorites, albeit not traditional, are russell's the sky above, the mud below; sonora's death row as recorded by Richard shindell (yes, don't argue with me, it was on a relatively rare sampler which is available- drop me a line if you're interested) and marty's recording of Utah Carrol.

And yes, there is at least one Sons of the Pioneers disc in print; collectors choice music has it- my wife got it for me for Christmas this year.

jim


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 02:30 AM

Open Mike, probably The Bard Of Armagh,

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: open mike
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 02:11 AM

i heard an irish song on st pat's
and the tune was st. of laredo-
any one know which song this would have been?
i forgot what the irish lyrics were, cuz when i
heard it i jsut kept thinking of that young man
with the face of clay...and the outfit of a cowboy.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Mar 03 - 01:02 AM

Little Joe the Wrangler

Zebra Dun

Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing

Old Shep

Old Chisholm Trail (both the clean and bawdy versions)

come to mind right now.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Amos
Date: 18 Mar 03 - 11:23 PM

Well, I have always been partial to "Only a Lavender Cowboy" and (beggin' your pardons ma'ams, and present company excepted of course) "Got No Use for the Women". I love "Strawberry Roan" and the standards like "Old Paint" "The Chisholm Trail" and "Git Along, Li'l Dogies", and the probably most-shagged song of all time,. "The Streets of Laredo".

A


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Mar 03 - 11:14 PM

Just happened to stumble onto this forum while searching for the lyrics to Glenn Ohrlin's "My Harding County Home". I am a college student, living away from my Harding County home (the song's true namesake and subject!)--a copy of the lyrics would mean alot to me! Much thanks in advance!


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Alice
Date: 08 Mar 00 - 03:19 PM

These are not necessarily my favorite cowboy songs, but I thought I would add this to the thread for those who may be interested.
I have an old 1933 songbook of songs of the West that I found in my family's stack of old sheet music. The cover is torn off, but most of the songs are there. These are songs that were popular enough out here to be included in the songbook. The Man On the Flying Trapeze may seem out of place, but it was very popular, and my grandparents used to play it at country dances.

Whoopee Ti Yi Yo, Git Along Little Dogies

Red River Valley (Liz, I've never heard the verse you mention)

The Old Chisholm Trail

The Man On The Flying Trapeez (8 verses)

Old Paint

Lonesome Cowboy

The Tenderfoot

The Dreary Black Hills

Jesse James, The Train Robbery

Oh! Susanna

Just My Gal and I

Home On The Range

Fuller and Warren

Great Grand-Dad

Hard Luck

Jack o'Diamonds

I Should Like To Marry

Frankie and Johnny

The Letter Edged in Black

That Big Rock Candy Mountain (hobo song, really)

Hand Me Down My Walking Cane

Sally In Our Alley

Hallelujah I'm A Bum

She'll Be Comin Round The Mountain

The Cowboy

Bad Company

The Big Corral

Blanche, The Pride of the Ranch

Brown Eyed Lee

Buffalo Skinners

When the Work's All Done This Fall

The Cowboy's Dream

Little Old Sod Shanty

My Love Is A Rider

The Dreary, Dreary Life

They Dying Cowboy (Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie)

The Days of Forty Nine

Ten Thousand Cattle

Old Zip Coon (Turkey in the Straw)

Night Herding Song (Slow Dogie Slow)

Windy Bill

Utah Carroll

THe Dying Ranger

The Trail to Mexico

A Prisoner For Life

The Last Request

Sam Bass

Wait For The Wagon

Little Red Caboose Behind the Train

Billy Boy

If you need the music, let me know and I will scan and post pages to my website.

Alice Flynn in Montana


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Kim C
Date: 08 Mar 00 - 02:38 PM

Ohmagawd, I LOVE cowboy music. It's my true first love but believe it or not, here in Tennessee, there ain't much call for yodelers. My all-time favorite cowboy song is Michael Burton's Night Rider's Lament. I just love the lonesome feel of the song, plus it is one of the first songs I yodeled in public. So it's a little special. Also, the Great Don Edwards recorded Badger Clark's poem, "A Bad Half Hour" to the tune of "Annie Laurie." This makes me bawl no matter how many times I hear it. The downside is that I think of it whenever I perform Annie Laurie! Oh well.

I really love all the old songs, plus a bunch of the new ones (Ian Tyson & Don Edwards especially).

The Cowboy Celtic album ain't too bad.

Regards ---Kim


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: BlueSage
Date: 08 Mar 00 - 01:59 PM

I'm astonished that "Blue Mountain" made this list as much as it has. I had no idea that the popularity of this "Utah" tune had spread out across the country. I learned the song about 20 years ago from a field recording in the Austin Fife archives residing at Utah State University. If anyone is passing through the southern Utah town of Monticello, stop at the city park. On the south side of the park are mounted some tubes which, when looked through, will focus your eyes on the "horse head" mentioned in the song. This is a natural feature of the mtn. and is quite interesting. I believe "Blue Mtn." is sort of the unofficial anthem of south-eastern Utah!

Mike Iverson


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Songster Bob
Date: 08 Mar 00 - 12:53 AM

I sing the original version of "Border Affair" ("Spanish Is the Loving Tongue"), with its unconcious racist line "She was Mex and I was white," though in performance I usually repeat the line about "They want me for that gambling fight." Whatever line I sing, it's still one of my favorite western songs.

My trio, "Sidekicks," does mostly western songs, so I've heard a lot of the ones mentioned already. Another great one is "Old Bill Pickett," about a black cowboy and rodeo star of the 20s, but it's not "beautiful" the way some of the others mentioned here are. If Sidekicks ever does a recording (more than our four-song demo, that is), more folks will have the chance to hear George Stephens sing "Blue Mountain" or "Night Riders Lament" or "Stockman's Last Bed" (an Aussie drover song). That's a treat to look forward to, as some of the DC folks can attest to.

Bob Clayton


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: TheOldMole
Date: 07 Mar 00 - 08:32 PM

Speaking of Jimmy Stewart westerns, what about the themes from "The Man From Laramie" and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"?


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 07 Mar 00 - 08:04 PM

Thanks Metchosin - I am only vaguely aware of Sons of the Pioneers. The old fashioned vocal harmonies that I've heard a long time ago were really great. Does anyone know if the harmonies are in print anywhere? Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Metchosin
Date: 07 Mar 00 - 12:31 AM

John it was written by Nolan and as one of the Sons of the Pioneers was Bob Nolan, I would assume it was him.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: GUEST,Axeman
Date: 06 Mar 00 - 11:37 PM

Would have to be Willie Nelson's "Red Haired Stranger". Use to listen to it under the high plains night skies... bands of the Milky Way were so close we could touch 'em. -Axe'


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 06 Mar 00 - 11:35 PM

I particularly like 'Tumblin Tumleweeds' because it's fairly demanding to sing well and the tune is written in three separate parts which don't follow the predictable sequence of verse, chorus, middle eight etc. It was probably written in Tin Pan Alley somewhere - does anyone know please? Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: GUEST,Frankie
Date: 06 Mar 00 - 11:28 PM

Thanks Liz, that's something to go on anyway. It sounds like a very different take on the RRV I'm used to. As for the Longorn cow song I learned it around a Texas campfire but it may well have wound up in Hollywood.

Regards, Frankie

PS Another good one is Roundup Time in Texas which has a fun, ragtimey feel to it.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: ddw
Date: 06 Mar 00 - 10:23 PM

Thumbing thru my albums today looking for the Hank Jr. tune I mentioned in my post above and found it; it's called Twodot Montana. I also came across the John Anderson tune I was trying to mention above and found — to my embarrassment — that it's really called "An Occasional Eagle," not "Sometimes An Eagle." They say the memory's the second thing to go and I can't remember what the first is....

david|


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: ddw
Date: 06 Mar 00 - 10:16 PM

Thumbing thru my albums today looking for the Hank Jr. tune I mentioned in my post above and found it; it's called Twodot Montana. I also came across the John Anderson tune I was trying to mention above and found — to my embarrassment — that it's really called "An Occasional Eagle," not "Sometimes An Eagle." They say the memory's the second thing to go and I can't remember what the first is....

david


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 06 Mar 00 - 08:58 PM

Nope, sorry, lost them in a paper purge we had last year. All I remember is the chorus that went something like: So stay for a while ere you leave me
And ...... something like return to the West
And remember the Red River Valley,
And the maiden who loved you the best.

The verse I referred to said something like 'when you lie with the white girl you married, remember the red loved you more.... or something of that sentiment. I really wish I knew where I could find it. Mind you, there was a pretty good version on the Slim Whitman album of the same name, back in 1970something.

Of course, I am probably wrong and someone will come up with the proper version, sometime, I don't care.... I'm terrible at remembering songs anyway....

But I do remember the bit about the longhorn cow, we used to sing that at guides! Wasn't it the theme from some James Stewart film?

LTS


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Lanfranc
Date: 06 Mar 00 - 07:20 PM

I finally remembered the name of the Don McLean song I mentioned earlier - Bronco Bill's Lament.

I forgot about El Paso, that was the first ever 45 single that I bought as a kid. OK Marty Robbins isn't folk, but that song is probably one of the better narrative western ballads.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Rex
Date: 06 Mar 00 - 06:31 PM

Nobody mentioned "Windy Bill" yet.

Rex


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Dan Evergreen
Date: 06 Mar 00 - 11:49 AM

Dean Martin sang two good ones in "Rio Bravo" I've never heard anywhere else: "Purple Eyes," and "My Pony My Rifle and Me."


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: LC
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 10:50 PM

Has to be Marty Robbins', " El Paso". Being a child of the 60's & 70's I also really like Michael Murphy / Monkees , " What am I doing hangin' round ? " and Seals and Croft's, ' Dust on my saddle ". I'm 6'4" and 210 lbs, but Dan Seals' , " All that glitters " gets me misty every time I hear it.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: GUEST,The Beanster
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 10:05 PM

Dear OldMole (love that name!) Thank you so much for answering my Ghost Riders In The Sky question. I am going on the hunt immediately! Thanx again.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Ely
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 09:46 PM

"Hills of Mexico"

"Old Chisholm Trail"

"Good-Bye, Old Paint"

"Jesse James" (Golden Ring version preferred--sorry, I grew up with it)

"Mining For Gold" (trad words, on Cowboy Junkies' _Trinity Sessions_)

Will always like N. Blake's "Billy Gray" even though I try not to fall hard for sappy songs.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: TheOldMole
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 09:22 PM

Ghost Riders in The Sky, a great song, was a pop hit for...if I remember right...crooner Vaughn Monroe.

There's also a really nice Hank, Jr. song about Doc Holliday.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: BlueSage
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 07:45 PM

I'm overwhelmed by the response to my plea for song suggestions. Many of the recommended songs are already in my repretoire, but many are new to me. This will give me a great place to start searching for new material. Thanks again for all great suggestions.....Mike Iverson


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Callie
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 06:11 PM

Liz: are you able to post the words you know to RRV? I also never knew the real song. It was taught to us at age 8 to learn basic guitar chords.

By the way, that Don McLean song mentioned earlier is on his Live album from yonks ago. Dunno the name of the song, but it's not at all glamorous. The cowboy wants to do himself in.

--Callie


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: ddw
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 06:03 PM

Just remembered the other album in Ian Tyson's cowboy series. It's called "And Stood There Amazed." The title comes from the second or third verse of "Home on the Range" — and I think it was the first time I'd ever heard anything past the first verse of that tune.

Just a by-the-by — Ian does dynamite versions of Navajo Rug and Night Rider's Lament in this series, plus a lot of other songs that have been mentioned above by other artists.

And don't take it that I'm slighting any of the other performers like Utah Phillilps and The Sons of the Pioneers — They're great too. There's also Marty Robbins, who did some great songs, albiet a little too slickly for my tastes in some instances.

cheers

david


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: GUEST,punkypony
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 05:56 PM

All this cowboy stuff reminded me of a song, I think it's called "Ghostriders In The Sky." Very haunting, recorded eons ago. Anyone know what I'm talking about? Is it famous?


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: ddw
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 05:42 PM

I know somebody mentioned Ian Tyso's Old Corrals and Sagebrush in an earlier posting, but it was just the first of a set of "Cowboyography" albums. There are six of them, if I remember correctly and they are excellent from start to finish, tho' the first three have more traditional stuff on them, interspersed with some modern things. The second in the set was just called "Ian Tyson" and "Cowboyography" was the third. After that, all I can remember is one was called "I Outgrew The Wagon" and another was called "18 Inches of Rain." Can't think what the last one was called, but if you can find the first five you'll have a wealth of great material and probably a link to the last one.

A couple of other country artists whose stuff you might find interesting — tho' it's usually just a "filler" track in more mainstream country stuff — are John Anderson's "Sometimes an Eagle" and a bunch of Willie Nelson's stuff — Redheaded Stranger leading that pack.

Hank Williams Jr. also does one about a wrongly convicted man breaking out of a prison at Deer Lodge, Montana that's great, tho' I'm not sure of either the album it's on or the exact title. I'll do some looking when I get home and try to post more on those Monday night.

cheers

david


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Big Red
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 10:43 AM

For some comic relief, try GUNSLINGER by the Limelighters.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 10:04 AM

Has anyone mentioned Bury Me Out on the Prairie?
"Wrap me up in my blanket,
Bury me deep in the ground
Cover me over with boulders
Of granite, gray and round."

I love that lugubrious song. I always did wonder, though, about the availability of granite boulders on the prairie. Oh, well.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: GUEST,Frankie
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 09:39 AM

Liz, no need to apologise. I'm only familiar with RRV when sung with verses similar to those found in the database, very close to the ones my mom use to sing when she was cooking dinner. If you can scare up the version you're refering to it might be a good addition to the database. At least, I'd really be interested in it. Good to see you here again.

Back on topic, the song Old Texas (goes "I'm going to leave old Texas now, They've got no use for the longhorn cow.") is one of my favorites and is in the database although I don't know of any recordings of it.

Frankie


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Susan A-R
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 09:22 AM

Hmmm, then there's Tom Lehrer's The Wild West is Where I Wanna Be. (uh oh, I guess I'm in one of those moods today, and I haven't even finished my first cup of coffee.)


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Timehiker
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 09:06 AM

Kat, You are right about Chris Ledoux's earlier recordings, they are more traditional than his later ones. Can't blame him for taking advantage of his commercial oportunities. I'd be willing to bet that, if you were to sit with him on his front porch, it would be the old ones he'd sing. Something about horse sweat and dust, the only way to get it out of you is to sing.

Take care, Timehiker


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 04:58 AM

Oh Frankie, I'm sorry, I'm just an old cynic who did the American Indians as a school project, and upset my teacher because I mentioned syphilis - this was aged about 10.... not knowing that she was Canadian, part Huron and her great grandmother had died of same disease, given her by a white 'cowboy'during rape.

Red river valley, or at least the version I learnt, clearly has the NA telling the cowpoke that although he marries a white girl, the "red maiden loves you the best". See where I get the cycnicism?

LTS


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Metchosin
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 03:07 AM

I can't think of any more traditional ones that haven't already been mentioned, but if you feel up to a bit of yodeling please check out Don Walser's "Cowpoke" on Archive Series, Vol II, its magic.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Owlkat
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 03:03 AM

Hi hi,
"Sweet Wyoming Home", by Bill Staines(but water takes it out).
Such a mellow relaxing tune to hear and sing. He's also a nice guy, which helps.
Cheers, Owl.


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