Thin Lizzy’s BUFFALO GAL

Buffalo Gal

(Billy Lynott)

(Buffalo  . . .)

Buffalo Gal,
You’ve had your fun.
Your button’s undone
And the time’s right for slaughter.
Buffalo Gal,
You’re thirsty and there’s no more water,
Like the lamb on the altar,
And it’s sad to see you looking down and feeling blue.
Try your best to get on up and see it through!
In a while you might smile and see the sun
Oww, the day has begun.

And Buffalo Gal,
They’re closing down the old dance hall.
Ummm, Buffalo Gal,
What we gonna do now?

Buffalo Gal,
Due to these circumstances
There’s no more dances.
Buffalo Gal,
(Buffalo) all your chances of further romances
Will have to be nil,
Until I can get it sung.
Is a shame your only claim to fame is Jessie James –
You know his middle name –
That’s very strange.
Stranger, you knew a friend called the Friendly Ranger
Oh, you shared the danger.

And Buffalo Gal,
They’re closing down the old dance hall.
Ummm, Buffalo Gal,
What we gonna do now?

(Buffalo . . .)

Buffalo Gal,
You must try a big step.
You’ve got a big jump ahead!
Buffalo Gal,
The show left town
Spreading sunshine all around
And it’s bad to see you looking blue.
Dry your eyes and I’ll apologise for all the lies.
Try a smile and in a while, just in a while,
You’ll be smiling through!

Ooh, Buffalo Gal,
They’re closing down the old dance hall (Buffalo . . . Gal, Gal)
And Buffalo Gal,
Oh, you look so good somehow (Buffalo . . . Gal)
Oh Buffalo Gal,
Oh, that’s such a pretty dress (Buffalo . . . Gal)
Buffalo Gal,
The show left town (Buffalo . . . Gal, Gal)
Buffalo Gal,
Take a picture
Of Buffalo Gal (Buffalo . . .)

The Sundance Kid

Henry Alonzo Longabaugh

(1867-1908)

  • Henry Alonzo Longabaugh was born in Pennsylvania.
  • He stole a gun, horse, and saddle from a ranch in Sundance, Wyoming.
  • After he served time for this crime in the local jail he adopted the nickname, Sundance Kid.
  • His girlfriend (pictured above) was Etta Place.  She and Butch Cassidy fled the country with Sundance.
  • There was a reward of $30,000 on members of the Wild Gang.
  • They first went to Argentina but eventually settled in Bolivia.
  • Etta left the two outlaws and returned to the US under an assumed name, predicting the men would die violently.
  • Her prophecy came true. It is believed that Sundance died in a Bolivian shootout in November, 1908.

Sources:

Nash, Jay Robert, “The Real Butch Cassidy and His Wild Bunch,” at  http://www.annalsofcrime.com/03-01.htm

Rosa, Joseph, G. Age of the Gunfighter: Man and Weapons on the Frontier, 1840-1900. Oklahoma: U of Oklahoma P, 1995.

Wikipedia, “Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch,” at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butch_Cassidy%27s_Wild_Bunch

___, “Sundance Kid,” at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundance_Kid

The Chuck Wagon

The Chuck Wagon

  • Cowboys out on the trail relied on the camp cook (“cookie”) for their food.  Meals were served up from the chuck wagon – a store room and kitchen on wheels.
  • The first chuck wagon was designed from an old army vehicle by a cattleman called Charles Goodnight in 1866.
  • The front wheels were smaller than the back to make turning easier.
  • Chuck wagons featured a barrel that could hold two days supply of water, a hooped canvas cover to protect from harsh sun or rain, a heavy tool box, and a portable larder called the chuck box.
  • The chuck box contained flour, lard, coffee, tobacco, dried apples, raisins, sugar, beans, and other staples.
  • The body of the wagon held bedrolls, grain for the horses, and spare equipment.
  • A canvas hung underneath carried firewood.
  • The cookie was often a former cowboy who had been injured.  He would have few culinary skills so the food was basic, boring, and unhealthy.
  • Food was prepared on a fold-down shelf at the rear of the wagon.  It was cooked on an open fire.
  • Meals generally featured bacon (sow-belly), beans, and some form of bread.  If the cook was a good shot with a rifle, there might also be jackrabbits, prairie chickens, deer, turkeys, or venison.
  • Hygiene was non-existent.  If there was no water for rinsing pots and plates they were scoured with grass, leaves, sand, or dry dirt.
  • Although Cookie was usually the most popular member of the crew – often acting as their banker, barber, and dentist as well – cowboys could not wait to reach the next town for a taste of fresh food, steak, and eggs!

Sources:

Murdoch, David. Cowboy.  Worldwide: DK Publishing, 1993.

Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, Texas.  Research Trips 2015 and 2016.

Wikipedia, “Chuck Wagons,” at  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuckwagon

Deer Stew

Deer Stew

Ingredients:

3lb cubed deer meat (venison)

6 potatoes

6 carrots

3 onions

3 celery sticks

1/2 chopped cabbage

3 tablespoons bacon fat

bay leaf

pepper

salt

hot water

Method:

  1. Wash, peel, and coarsely chop all the vegetables.
  2. Melt the bacon fat in large pot on the stove-top and add the meat.  Fry until evenly brown, stirring constantly.
  3. Add enough hot water to cover the meat.  Simmer with a lid on for one hour.
  4. Add the carrots and celery.  Mix in the salt, pepper, and bay leaf.  Stir well.  Simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Add the potatoes, onions, and cabbage.  Mix well with more hot water if needed.
  6. Cook with the lid off for 30 minutes on a medium heat.  Stir occasionally throughout until the stew reduces and thickens.
  7. Adjust the seasoning to suit your taste.  Remove the bay leaf before serving.

Marty Robbins’ COOL WATER

Cool Water

(David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, and Tina Weymouth)

All day I’ve faced a barren waste
Without the taste of water, cool water.
Old Dan and I with throats burned dry,
And souls that cry for water.
Cool, clear water.

The nights are cool and I’m a fool
Each star’s a pool of water.
Cool water.
And with the dawn I’ll wake and yawn
And carry on to water; cool, clear water.

Keep a-moving, Dan, don’t you listen to him, Dan,
He’s a devil, not a man,
And he spreads the burning sand with water.
Dan, can you see that big, green tree?
Where the water’s running free
And it’s waiting there for you and me?
Water; cool, clear water.

The shadows sway and seem to say,
“Tonight we pray for water,
Cool water.”
And way up there, He’ll hear our prayer
And show us where
There’s water.  Cool, clear water!