Monday, August 2, 2010

Dark Ditties: The Boozer

There doesn't seem to be much information regarding the old cowboy song "The Boozer" available.  I can find no record of an author, so we'll attribute it to "Traditional" (second cousin to Anonymous), and I can find no date of when it was written, so let's just say it's old.  All that I know for sure is that it was published in the 1910 anthology Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads, edited by John A. Lomax.
The Boozer
I'm a howler from the prairies of the West.
If you want to die with terror, look at me.
I'm chain-lightning -- if I ain't, may I be blessed.
I'm the snorter of the boundless prairie.

He's a killer and a hater!
He's the great annihilator!
He's a terror of the boundless prairie.

I'm the snoozer from the upper trail!
I'm the reveler in murder and in gore!
I can bust more Pullman coaches on the rail
Than anyone who's worked the job before.

He's a snorter and a snoozer.
He's the great trunk line abuser.
He's the man who puts the sleeper on the rail.

I'm the double-jawed hyena from the East.
I'm the blazing, bloody blizzard of the States.
I'm the celebrated slugger; I'm the Beast.
I can snatch a man bald-headed while he waits.

He's a double-jawed hyena!
He's the villain of the scena!
He can snatch a man bald-headed while he waits.

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