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A BUFFALO HUNTER AND HIS SONG 5
Lomax's "The Buffalo Skinners" has eleven stanzas;
Freeman's ballad only ten. The one significant detail
not in Freeman's version is that masterpiece of sardoni-
cism and succinctness-
"We left Old Crego's bones to bleach on the range
of the buffalo."
THE BUFFALO- SKINNEI25
Come c11 tjou joll buffclo hunters and liten to mi sonq, And
do not qrow out- raeous, for the lnqth it isnot long. It was con-
cerninij some buf-f-lo skinners who did agree o o And
spend one winter pleosantlj ct-mon the buffalo.
Come all you jolly buffalo-hunters and listen to my song,
And do not grow outrageous, for the length it is not long.
It was concerning some buffalo-skinners who did agree to go
And spend one winter pleasantly amongst the buffalo.
I happened into Fort Griffin early in the fall of '73
When James Ennis by name one morning came to me,
Said, "My jolly young fellow, how would you like to go,
And spend one winter pleasantly amongst the buffalo?"
I being out of employment, I to James Ennis did say,
"This going out on the buffalo range depends upon the pay.
If you will pay good wages, find transportation to and fro,
I think I will go with you out amongst the buffalo."
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. Backwoods to Border, book, 1943; Dallas, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38306/m1/19/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.