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Songs of the West

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Cowboy Jack

     I don't remember just when I learned "Cowboy Jack," but I tried to learn it from the 35 cent book of cowboy songs which is mentioned on Song No. 5, above. I had difficulty with the melody and until I was in my 20's I couldn't handle melodies of some songs. In the late 40's I had enough requests for the song, and I appreciated the story enough, that I finally found I could sing it. I don't have any memory of a version that helped me sing it. Long term familiarity helps reaching some goals.
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He was just a lonely cowboy
With a heart so brave and true
He learned to love a maiden
With eyes of heaven's own blue.

They learned to love each other
And named their wedding day,
When a quarrel came between them
And Jack he rode away.

He joined a band of cowboys
He tried to forget her name,
But out on the lonely prairie,
She waits for him the same.

Your sweetheart waits for you, Jack,
Your sweetheart waits for you,
Out on the lonely prairie,
Where the skies are always blue.

One night when work was finished,
Just at the close of day,
Someone said, 'Sing a song, Jack,
It will drive your cares away.'

When Jack began to singing,
His mind it wandered back,
For he sang of a maiden
Who waited for her Jack.

Your sweetheart waits for you, Jack,
Your sweetheart waits for you,
Out on the lonely prairie,
Where the skies are always blue.

Jack left the camp next morning.
Breathing his sweetheart's name.
'I'll go, I'll ask forgiveness,
For I know that I'm to blame.'

But when he reached the prairie
He found a new made mound,
Her friends they sadly told him,
They had laid his loved one down.

They said as she lay dying
She breathed her sweetheart's name
And asked them with her last breath
To tell him when he came:

'Your sweetheart waits for you, Jack,
Your sweetheart waits for you,
Out on the lonely prairie
Where the skies are always blue.'