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Rex Lyr Add: Frijole Beanses (N. Howard Thorp) (5) Lyr Add: FRIJOLE BEANSES (N. Howard Thorp) 14 Aug 14

Here is one actually written by Jack Thorp from his 2nd edition Songs of the Cowboys. This is one I sing as mentioned in another thread in this forum. Jack was telling of a very fundamental part of the cowboy diet.

By N. Howard Thorp 1919

I've cooked you in the strongest gypsum water;
I've boiled you up in water made of snow;
I've eaten you above the Arctic Circle,
I've chewed on you in southern Mexico.

In the camp-fire, on the stove, or in the oven,
"Or buried in the ashes overnight,
You've saved my life on more than one occasion
Oh, frijole bean, you're simply out of sight.

Of course you know, as far as one's digestion Is concerned,
you'd ever break it plumb in two
Without a single moment's hesitation
Least that's the reputation given you.

Well here's to your health, you little brown frijole,
Your health I'll pledge and by you always stand;
You're eaten by the rich and by the lowly,
You're an outlawed product of our Western land.

Oh, little bean about you's such a savor,
Such a muchness, such a taste that you have got;
A particularly satisfying flavor
When we've added sow and chile to the pot.

Then good-bye, my little pard, I hate to leave you,
You've been with me on many a long hike;
So I 'll eat the last of you that is in the skillet,
Then saddle up old buck and hit the pike.

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