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The Devil's Great Grandson

(Bob Nolan)

 

Sing Along with the Sons of the Pioneers

 

Old Sky Ball Paint was the devilís saint, his eyes were a fiery red.

Good men have tried this horse to ride and all of them are dead.

Now I wonít brag but I rode this nag till his blood began to boil.

Then I hit the ground and ate three pound of good old western soil.

 

Singiní, ďHi-ho, lad, donít you make me mad,

Iím the devilís great grandson.

And Iím doiní my best to tame the west

With my great big forty-four gun.

 

I swore, by heck, Iíd break his neck for the jolt he gave my pride.

I threw my noose on that old cayuse and once more took a ride

He turned around and soon I found his tail where his head should be.

So I says, says I, ďPerhaps heís shy or he just donít care for me.Ē

 

Singiní, ďHi-ho, lad, donít you make me mad,

Iím the devilís great grandson.

And Iím doiní my best to tame the west

With my great big forty-four gun.

 

In town, you see, just to have a spree when I meets old Sheriff Jim.

With fistic fun and my big six-gun I buys the town from him

For a whoop and a holler and a counterfeit dollar. Then I ask for a bill of sale

But my face turned red Ďcause the contract said just thirty days in jail.

 

Singiní, ďHi-ho, lad, donít you make me mad,

Iím the devilís great grandson.

And Iím doiní my best to tame the west

With my great big forty-four gun.

 

Where the greasewood bats wear Stetson hats and the bad men all run free,

Where they sold the jail at a bargain sale, thatís the land for me.

Where the desert ants wear buckskin pants and help me rule the land.

With the ants and the bats and my two gats Iíll rule with an iron hand.

 

Singiní, ďHi-ho, lad, donít you make me mad,

Iím the devilís great grandson.

And Iím doiní my best to tame the west

With my great big forty-four gun.

 

 

 

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