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Cowboy Songs Again
but perhaps none equalled in popularity "The Old Chisholm
Trail." One reason for its wide appeal was the ease with
which parodies might be made upon it and additional verses added
to suit the fancy of the singer, so that by the time the herd
reached Kansas or the northern ranges the cowboy might be
singing of his own experiences rather than those of the ori-
THE HILLS OF MEXICO
Among the songs which found life along the Goodnight-
Loving Trail worthy of perpetuation is one called "The Hills
of Mexico." No mention of the name of the trail is made in
the song but there are two geographical references which
make the route certain. The driver started his herd from
Fort Griffin, and the cowboy tells of his troubles upon Boggy
Creek, more generally known as the Delaware, which flows
into the Pecos in southern New Mexico. And it was while
driving over this Goodnight-Loving Trail with a cowman
from Mason County, in the early eighties, that James Mullens
learned the ballad. It must be patterned after the song of
"The Buffalo Skinners" (Lomax, 158-161), which begins by
telling what "happened in Jacksboro in the spring of seventy-
three." Various lines in one ballad are identical with lines in
the other, and in each the unjust employer comes to a just
end. A fragmentary form of "The Hills of Mexico" appears
under the title of "Boggus Creek" in "Miscellany of Texas
Folk-Lore," by W. P. Webb, Publications Number II of the
Texas Folk-Lore Society, 1923.
I found myself in Griffin in the spring of '83,
When a noted cow driver one morning came to me.
Says: "How do you do, young fellow? Say, how'd you like to go
And spend one summer pleasantly out in New Mexico?"
I being out of employment, to the driver thus did say:
"A-going out in New Mexico, depends upon the pay.
If you pay to me good wages, transportation to and fro,
I believe I'll go along with you out in New Mexico."
"Of course I'll pay good wages, and transportation, too,
Provided that you stay with me the summer season through.
'See Lomax, J. A., Cowboy Songs and other Frontier Ballads, 58, 310.
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. Texas and Southwestern Lore, book, 1927; Dallas, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67662/m1/203/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.