Buffalo Skinners

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Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Davy Guthrie (born July 10, 1947) is an American folk singer. Like his late father, Woody Guthrie, Arlo is known for singing songs of protest against social injustice. One of Guthrie's better-known works is "Alice's Restaurant Massacree", a satirical talking blues song about 18 minutes in leng… more »

Traditional, arranged By Arlo Guthrie 
Come all you old time cowboys And listen to my song Please do not grow weary I'll not detain you long Concerning some wild cowboys Who did agree to go
And spend the summer pleasant
On the range of the buffalo.

Well I found myself in Griffin In eighteen eighty-three
When a man by the name of Creagho Come a'walkin' up to me Sayin "How do you do young fella
And how'd you like to go
And spend the summer pleasant
On the range of the buffalo".

Well me being out of work right then
To that drover I did say
"My goin' out on the buffalo range Depends upon the pay
But if you pay good wages, Transportation to and fro
I think I might go with you
On the range of the Buffalo".

Well yes I pay good wages And transportation too
If you'll agree to work for me Until the season's through But if you do get homesick And you try and run away
You'll starve to death out on the trail And you'll also lose your pay

Well with all the flatterin' talkin'
He signed up quite a train Some ten or twelve in number Of able bodied men
And our trip it was a pleasant one Through all New Mexico Until we crossed Pease River On the range of the buffalo 
It was there our pleasures ended
And our troubles all begun A lightnin' storm come up on us
And made the cattle run
We got full of the stickers On the cactus that did grow
And the outlaws waited to pick us off
In the hills of Mexico 
Well the working season ended But the drover would not pay
He said "You spent your money boys
You're all in debt to me".
But the cowboys never put much stock In a thing like a bankrupt law
So we left the bastard's bones to bleach On the range of the buffalo.


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Buffalo Skinners