Cowboys Lament

As I walked out in the Streets of Laredo 
As I walked out in Laredo one day 
I spied a young cowboy wrapped up in white linen 
Wrapped up in white linen and cold as the clay.

"I see by your outfit that you are a cowboy" 
These words he did say as I boldly stepped by 
"Come sit down beside me and hear my sad story 
I'm shot in the breast and I know I must die."

My friends and relations are here in the nation, 
They know not where there young man has gone. 
I first came to Texas, was hired by a ranchman, 
Oh I'm a young cowboy, and I know I've done wrong.

It was once in the saddle I use to go dashing, 
It was once in the saddle I used to go gay 
First to the dram house and then to the card house 
Got shot in the breast and I'm dying today."

"Get six jolly cowboys to carry my coffin 
Get six pretty maidens to bear up my pall 
Put branches of roses all over my coffin 
Put roses to deaden the clods as they fall."

"Oh beat the drum slowly and play the fife lowly 
Play the Dead March as you carry me along 
Take me to the green valley and lay the sod o'er me 
For I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong."

"Go bring me a cup, a cup of cold water 
To cool my parched lips," the young cowboy said 
Before I returned, the spirit had left him 
And gone to its Maker, the cowboy was dead.

We beat the drum slowly and played the fife lowly 
And bitterly wept as we bore him along 
For we all loved our comrade, so brave, young and handsome 
We all loved our comrade, although he'd done wrong. 

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Last update 10/15/2001.
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