Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Singing Cowboys

Tonto’s side kick of long ago and many cattle drives (not to be mistaken for the time I spent as a gaucho in Argentina), Ragshag Jim, wrote the famous cowboy song, “Days of 49.” The verse I am indebted to went like this—

“There is Tattooed Tonto, the roaring man,
Who could out-roar a buffalo you bet.
He roared all day, he roared all night,
And I guess he's roaring yet.
One night Tonto fell in a washout hole,
'Twas a roaring bad design,
And in that hole Tonto roared out his soul
In the days of Forty - Nine.”

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