Night-Herding Song


(Harry Stephens, 1910, Texas, USA)

1. O slow up dogies, quit your roving around,
You’ve wandered and trampled all over the ground.
O graze along dogies and feed kind-a slow,
And don’t forever be on the go.
Move slow, little dogies, move slow.

2. I have circle-herded, trail-herded, cross-herded too,
But it’s keep you together that’s what I can’t do.
My horse is leg-weary, and I’m awful tired,
But if I let you get away, I’m sure to be fired.
Bunch up, little dogies, bunch up.

3. Oh say, little dogies, when you goin’ to lay down?
And quit this forever shifting’ around?
My limbs are weary and my seat is sore.
Oh lay down, dogies, like you’ve laid before,
Lay down, little dogies, lay down.

4. Oh lay still, dogies, since you have laid down,
Stretch away out on the big open ground.
Snore loud, little dogies and drown the wild sound
That will all go away when the day rolls around.
Lay still, little dogies, lay still.

Recorder Notes D, E, G, A, B, D'

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