“The Jolly Cowboy (I)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1910 (Lomax)
Keywords: love cowboy work separation reunion promise marriage
Found in: US


"My lover, he is a cowboy, he's brave and kind and true"; when he comes home, the two meet joyfully and the boy talks about his life on the trail. She says they will marry when he returns; he is quoted as promising to quit herding when he marries


In print, with quotation marks, this song makes sense, though even in print, the transitions seem abrupt. In song, without such helps, it strikes me as hard to comprehend. I wonder if it isn't composite -- after all, it was published by Lomax. - RBW


  1. Saffel-CowboyP, p. 209-210, "The Jolly Cowboy" (1 text)
  3. Roud #4482
  4. BI, Saffe209