Go West, Young Man

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The Andrews Sisters were a highly successful close harmony singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras. The group consisted of three sisters: contralto LaVerne Sophia Andrews (July 6, 1911 – May 8, 1967), soprano Maxene Angelyn Andrews (January 3, 1916 – October 21, 1995), and mezzo-soprano Patricia Marie "Patty" Andrews (born February 16, 1918). Throughout their long career, the sisters sold well over 75 million records (the last official count released by MCA Records in the mid-1970s). Their 1941 hit "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" can be considered an early example of rhythm and blues or jump blues. more »


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Mr Horace Greeley was no fool 
I'm sure that you agree with me that Greeley was no fool 
What he is getting at is that Mr Greeley was no fool 
Boy The wisdom of the man can be denied by none 
For he's the one that said

Before you go to Buffalo to Baltimore or Borneo 
To Eastern Pennsylvania or Japan 
Go west! Young man 

If you go to that land, sonny 
You will have a lot of money 
If you bring the money with you when you come 
To the lone prairie, yippi-yi, yippi-yi 
Yippi-yi, yippi-yi, yippi-yi

Before you read a travel ad 
And scamper off to Trinidad 
Too often in New York and Yucatan 
Go west! Young man 
In the East they live on doughnuts 
In the West the natives grow up 
And I guarantee you go nuts if you come 
To the lone prairie, yippi-yay, yippi-yay 
Yippi-yi, yippi-yi, yippi-yi

A cowboy's gal is a real true pal 
She will stick to him right or wrong 
Right or wrong 
She don't say nothing 
And she don't do nothing 
And she don't know nothing 
And she don't want nothing but a horse 
And a cowboy, for she's just keeps rolling along 

Go west! Young man 
Go where the airport's tearing the chest, young man 
You can ride a bucking bronco or a pony 
You can cut a calf in half and make baloney 
Go west! Young man 
Go right up there and give 'em the very best you can 
Don't go east, don't go south, don't go north, have a care 
Don't go up, don't go down, don't go here, don't go there 
If it's true what they say about Dixie 
Go West! Young man 

Go out and till the soil there 
Dig for gold and you'll find oil there 
Where the crow flies, where the snow flies, go, there's no "no"! 
If you are fond of hunting there's no place that can compare 
You may not bag a lion or a tiger or a bear 
But if you want a jack-ass there are plenty of them there 
Go West! Young Man 

The judges there are very fair, they always are of course! 
A cowboy and his Mrs went to court for a divorce 
The cowboy got the children and the Mrs got the horse 
All Go west! Young man 

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