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Dying Cowboy (MacEdward Leach)
See also: The Dying Ranger (MacEdward Leach)
And also: Newfie Soldier (Brian Finn)

As the western sun was setting
on a summer's day,
Lying on a saddle blanket,
a dying cowboy lay;
Comrades gather close around me,
I'll be soon away,
And to you I'll tell my story,
listen while I say:

Cowboys don't forget your mothers,
write a letter home,
Though you've grown into manhood
and began to roam;
I know mother is sad and lonely,
living all alone,
On this earth no more I'll see her,
send my letters home.

Tell her how I long to see her
though she's far away,
And I'll meet her up in heaven
on the judgement day;
Tell her that I've still her picture
and a locket of golden hair,
I'll be waiting for you, mother,
on that golden stair.

Cowboys don't forget your mothers,
write a letter home,
Though you've grown into manhood
and began to roam;
I know mother is sad and lonely,
living all alone,
On this earth no more I'll see her,
send my letters home.

As the yellow moon was shining
on the prairie crest,
In a grave six feet by three
we laid him down to rest;
Many times as we go riding by
his lonely grave,
It brings back those haunting memories
when we heard him say:

Cowboys don't forget your mothers,
write a letter home,
Though you've grown into manhood
and began to roam;
I know mother is sad and lonely,
living all alone,
On this earth no more I'll see her,
send my letters home.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a native American ballad, The Dying Ranger [Laws A14] Native American Balladry (G Malcolm Laws, 1950/1964) ....####

Sung by William O'Driscoll [1891-1977] of Tors Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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