Beat the Drum Slowly

Cat. #1006 (MFH #572) - As sung by Ollie Gilbert, Mountain View, Arkansas on October 7, 1969

It was first in th saddle I used to go dashing
Next on my pony, I used to ride gay
Then first t' card playin' then whiskey drinkin'
Got shot in th breast n' dying today

Go beat th drum slowly, play th fife holy
Play th dead mach as they carry me on
Go carry me t' th graveyard, throw th sod o'er me
For I'm a young cowboy an' I know I've done wrong

Go write my dear ole Mother a letter
An' back it to Sister I love so dear
But there is one that's dearer than Mother
O, how she would weep if she knew I were here

Go bring me a glass pure cold water
Of pure cold water, th cowboy said,
But when I returned his spirit had left him
He had went to his Maker, th cowboy was dead