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Bravest Cowboy - PAUL & JODY

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Published on Mar 4, 2011

Jody Kruskal and Paul Friedman performing "Bravest Cowboy" on Anglo concertina and fiddle from their album "Paul and Jody - American Songs and Tunes" JMK 104, available at http://www.jodykruskal.com/

Bravest Cowboy is from the singing and playing of Tommy Jarrell (1901-1985), the North Carolina fiddler and banjo player who influenced generations of old-time musicians.

BRAVEST COWBOY

I am the bravest cowboy that ever trod the West
I've been all round the Rockies, got bullets in my breast

In eighteen hundred and sixty-three I joined the immigrant band
We marched from San Antonio down by the Rio Grande

I went out on the prairie, I learned to rope and ride
I learned to pocket money but I did not dress much fine

I rambled on down to Texas, I learned to rob and steal
And when I robbed that cowboy how happy I did feel

I wore a wide brim high hat, my saddle too was fine
And when I courted that pretty young girl you bet I called her mine

I courted her for beauty for love it was in vain
They carried me down to Dallas to wear that ball and chain

I am the bravest cowboy that ever trod the West
I've been all round the Rockies, got bullets in my breast

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