Dying Cowgirl
By: traditional

Original Performance: Gene Autry
Written by: traditional

  1. Dying Cowgirl
Dying Cowgirl [Version (a)]:

I staked my claim out in the west
When I was just a boy
I was out there all alone
No happiness, no joy
I had to fight the Indians
As o'er the plains they roamed
Old Paint and I, we just got by
And called that place our home

I started rassling cattle
Just rounding up the strays
In the saddle all the time
Riding night and day
The stars, I always trusted
To guide me o'er the plains
And bring me back to my shack
Before strays home again

I rode out from my camp one night
A storm was raging high
The sound of force caught my ear
I heard a human cry
I raised up in my saddle
And turned old Paint around
I saw a dying cowgirl there
Lying on the ground

I knelt beside that dying girl
And tried to say a prayer
I hope that God with all his love
Would hear me pleading there
I saw her blue eyes open
She smiled at me so sweet
And said that she would wait for me
Up where cowhands meet

I never will forget her face
She seemed to be so brave
She lost her life out there at night
For a stray she tried to save
And now she sleeps out yonder
Upon that lonely range
Where all the stars watch over her
'Til we meet again
The Song:

This song can be found on The Manly Family Song Album, and is copyrighted.

Most of the song titles on the back of Saint Dude are references to older songs/sheet music. "The Dying Cowgirl" is an old traditional country song, most famously done by Gene Autry. The melody of the song seems to be exactly the same as "Waitin' For A Train," one of Beck's favorite songs.