By Roger L. Welsch
Folklore tells us whatever approximately nearly each element of the lifetime of the folks. This wealthy and enjoyable number of Nebraska pioneer folklore, taken mostly from the Nebraska Folklore Pamphlets issued through the Federal Writers' venture within the Nineteen Thirties, is meant at the beginning for the overall reader, for the folks whose background it is. Songs of path and prairie and of the Farmers' Alliance, white man's yarns and Indian stories, pioneer Nebraska folks customs, sayings, proverbs, ideals, kid's video games, cooking, and cures—these "wondrously enjoyable kaleidoscopic reflections of the folks and setting that have been inspirations of the vintage literature of Mari Sandoz and Willa Cather—to identify two—could be a version for Americana creditors in different states to emulate. . . . A treasury indeed."—King beneficial properties Syndicate "Parade of Books."
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I Want to Be a Cowboy Collected by Louise Pound. From this lively description of a cowboy's life, it's apparent that there were two schools of thought about visiting Cheyenne. " I want to be a cowboy and with the cowboys stand, Big spurs upon my bootheels and a lasso in my hand; My hat broad-brimmed and belted upon my head I'd place, And wear my chaperajos with elegance and grace. The first bright beam of sunlight that paints the east with red Would call me forth to breakfast on bacon, beans, and bread; And then upon my bronco so festive and so bold I'd rope the frisky heifer and chase the three year old.
Chorus) "Oh, muffle your drums, then play your fifes merrily, Play the Dead March as you go along. And fire your guns right over my coffin; There goes an unfortunate boy to his home. (Chorus) "It was once in the saddle I used to go dashing, It was once in the saddle I used to go gay; First to the dram-house, then to the card-house, Got shot in the breast, I am dying today. (Chorus) "Get six jolly cowboys to carry my coffin; Get six pretty maidens to bear up my pall. Put bunches of roses all over my coffin, Put roses to deaden the clods as they fall.
Chorus) I've Got No Use for the Women Collected from R. E. Carlson, who first heard the song when he was growing up in Madison County. He recalled that it was sung by an elderly Norwegian named Elmer Langass, who "had come to this country when in his early twenties. A common story, which had been in circulation for years, was that he had been a Norwegian prince in the old country, and had come to America on account of royal disapproval over a love affair with a commoner. At any rate, he was always known as 'the Prince,' although the title was probably due to his stiff aristocratic bearing, which always lent an Page 12 atmosphere of mystery to everything he did.
A Treasury of Nebraska Pioneer Folklore by Roger L. Welsch