Randy Travis’ THE OLD CHISHOLM TRAIL

The Old Chisholm Trail
(Traditional, Adapted by Moe Bandy and Tex Ritter)

Well, come along boys and listen to my tale,
I’ll tell you all my troubles on the old Chisholm Trail.
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea, youpy yea
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea.
I started up the trail, October twenty-third,
Started up the trail with the U-2 herd.
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea, youpy yea
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea.
On a ten dollar horse and a forty dollar saddle,
Started out punching them long horn cattle.
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea, youpy yea
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea.
With my seat in the saddle and my hand on the horn
I’m the best dang cowboy that was ever born.
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea, youpy yea
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea.
It’s cloudy in the west and looking like rain
And my danged old slicker’s in the wagon again.
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea, youpy yea
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea.
The wind began to blow and the rain began to fall
And it looked like we were gonna lose ’em all.
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea, youpy yea
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea.
No chaps, no slickers, and it’s pouring rain,
I swear I’ll never┬áride a┬áherd again.
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea, youpy yea
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea.
I cripple on my horse and I don’t know how
Roping these long horn U-2 cows.
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea, youpy yea
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea.
Well, I went to the boss to draw my roll
And the boss had me figured nine dollars in the hole.
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea, youpy yea
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea.
Well, me and the boss we had a little spat
So I hit him in the face with my ten gallon hat.
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea, youpy yea
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea.
The boss said to me, ”Well, I’ll fire you –
Not only you, but the whole darn crew.”
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea, youpy yea
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea.
I’ll sell my horse, I’ll sell my saddle
And you can drive all your long horn cattle!
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea, youpy yea
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea.
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea, youpy yea
Come a-ti yi youpy, youpy yea.
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