This cowboy folksong is an adaptation of a lumberjack ballad from the Northeastern United States, “A Shantey-man’s Life,” which originated from an English sailor song. (source)
1. A cowboy’s life is a weary, dreary life.
Some say it’s free from care,
Rounding up the cattle from morning till night
In the middle of the prairie so bare.
2. The wolves and owls with their terrifying howls
Disturb us in our midnight dream
As we lie on our slickers on a cold, rainy night
Way over on the Pecos Stream. Refrain
3. Spring time sets in – double trouble will begin!
The weather is so fierce and cold
Our clothes are wet and frozen to our neck
And the cattle we can scarcely hold. Refrain
4. A cowboy’s life is a weary, dreary life
He’s driven through the heat and cold
While the rich man’s a-sleeping on his velvet couch
A-dreaming of his silver and his gold! Refrain
Song pdf with chords & midi below