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THE GREER COUNTY HOMESTEADER

1. My name is Dan Gold, an old bachelor I am
I'm keeping old batch on an elegant plan
You'll find me out here on Greer county's plain
A-starving to death on a government claim.

2. So come to Greer county, there's room for you all,
Where the wind never ceases, [and] the rain always falls
Where the sun always sets and there it remains
Till you [we] get frozen out of your [our] government claim.

3. My house it is built of the natural soil
The walls are erected according to Hoyle
The roof has no pitch, it is level and plain
And I always get wet when it happens to rain.

4. My clothes they are [are all] ragged, my language is rough
My bread is case-hardened and solid and tough
My dishes are scattered all over the room
And my floor is afraid of the sight of a broom.

5. How happy I am [feel] when I roll into bed
The rattlesnake rattles a tune at my head
And the little mosquito, devoid of all fear
Crawls over my face and into my ear.

6. The little bed-bug, so cheerful and bright,
He [It] keeps me up laughing two-thirds of the night
And the smart little flea with the tacks in his toes
Crawls up through my whiskers and tickles my nose.

7. You may try to raise wheat, you may try to raise rye
You may stay there and live, you may stay there and die
But as for myself, I'll no longer remain
A-starving to death on a government claim.

8. So farewell to Greer county, farewell to the west
It's backwards I'll go to the girl I love best
I'll go back to the east and get me a wife
And never eat cornbread the rest of my life!

http://www.mudcat.org/songs.htm
collected from Ivan E. Brandrick, Athens, Ont., 1958 by Edith Fowke;
"The Greer County Bachelor" or "The Alberta Homesteader"

Greer County, Oklahoma, History

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