Unfortunate Rake, Sheet Music 01


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Unfortunate Rake, Sheet Music 01


One leaf with preprinted staff lines, handwritten in blue ink on the front side. The document is in excellent physical condition. The document was likely removed from a bound volume. The document was laminated. There is a paper clip rust stain at the upper left corner. There are several stains of unknown origin on the right side of the document. There is a handwritten check mark at the lower right corner.


Ballads -- American Cowboys -- Songs and music Gamblers -- Songs and music Gunshot wounds -- Songs and music Death -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

The Dying Cow Boy. The Cowboy. Cow Boy. The Wounded Cowboy. A Dying Cowboy. The Cowboy's Lament. The Unfortunate Lad. The Wild Cowboy




W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Date Created



I. G. Greer


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Musical notation, English


Sheet music


The Dying Cowboy

As I wondered down the lane one morning, as I passed by the bar room one
morning in May. It was there I spied a handsome cow boy all
robed in white linen prepared for the grave. Go, beat the drum slowly and
play the fife lowly and sing the death march as they carry me a long. Then take me to the graveyard &
place the sod o'er me for I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong.

Document Title

The Dying Cowboy

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Native American Ballads - 263 Randolph. 182 Laws. B 1 Cox. 53 Combs 49

Dimensions - Original

208 mm x 114 mm

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Paul L. Robertson