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Joe Offer Lyr Add: The Disheartened Ranger (9) ADD Version: The Disheartened Ranger (from Lomax) 31 Dec 20

Well, so far, all the versions are more-or-less the same, with a few different words here and there.


Come listen to a ranger, you kind-hearted stranger,
This song, though a sad one, youre welcome to hear;
Weve kept the Comanches away from your ranches,
And followed them far oer the Texas frontier.

Were weary of scouting, of traveling, and routing
The blood-thirsty villains oer prairie and wood;
No rest for the sinner, no breakfast or dinner,
But he lies in a supperless bed in the mud.

No corn nor potatoes, no bread nor tomatoes,
But jerked beef as dry as the sole of your shoe;
All day without drinking, all night without winking,
I'll tell you, kind stranger, this never will do.

Those great alligators, the State legislators,
Are pu?fng and blowing two-thirds of their time,
But windy orations about rangers and rations
Never put in our pockets one-tenth of a dime.

They do not regard us, they will not reward us,
Though hungry and haggard with holes in our coats;
But the election is coming and they will be drumming
And praising our valor to purchase our votes.

For glory and payment, for vittles and raiment,
No longer well ?ght on the Texas frontier.
So guard your own ranches, and mind the Comanches
Or surely theyll scalp you in less than a year.

Though sore it may grieve you, the rangers must leave you
Exposed to the arrows and knife of the foe;
So herd your own cattle and ?ght your own battle.
For home to the States Im determined to go,—

Where churches have steeples and laws are more equal,
Where houses have people and ladies are kind;
Where work is regarded and worth is rewarded;
Where pumpkins are plenty and pockets are lined.

Your wives and your daughters we have guarded from slaughter,
Through con?icts and struggles I shudder to tell;
No more well defend them, to God We1l commend them.
To the frontier of Texas we bid a farewell.

Source: Cowboy Songs, by John A. Lomas (Sturgis & Walton Company, 1910 - 1916 edition)
pp 261-262

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