Autumn Roundup Time

Autumn Roundup Time

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This song follows the theme of Tom T Hall's "Watermelon Wine" tune.

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Autumn Roundup Time

Spoken:
Young cowboy, how many good roundups have you been on, he asked
I replied, let's see, on a dozen or so
He said, I finished my first hundred roundups one year ago

Sung:
I had signed on as a greenhorn, riding for a Texas brand
When this old time cowboy came around and showed his calloused hands
He tied up his pony to a nearby mesquite tree
And then he sauntered over and sat down next to me
Until about sundown I heard what was on his mind
It was tales of Longhorns, young dogies and Autumn roundup time

Spoken:
Have you ever worked an Autumn roundup, he asked
It's a lot of hard work but it's well worth the task
Sung:
Ain't but few things worth more than a thin silver dime
Just Longhorns, young dogies and Autumn roundup time

Spoken:
He said cowgirls can be contrary and some don't make a wife
So-called good pals don't come around until the end of your life
Sung:
He told me about it, whether in the rain or warm sunshine
Those big Texas Longhorns, young dogies and Autumn roundup time

Spoken:
He said Longhorns are big but gentle when driven on their way
Young dogies are fun to watch and all they want to do is play
Sung:
Then he stood up and took out his silver pocket watch to wind
Said, remember Longhorns, young dogies and Autumn roundup time

Sung:
The next day I knew I had a long ride on the Chisholm trail
But in that moonlit night I dreamed of how he lifted a veil
He had told me of life that's worth more than a thin silver dime
About big Texas Longhorns, young dogies and Autumn roundup time



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marvsmooth's picture

I can actually picture an experienced hand telling a greenhorn about everything that they need to know about cattle driving.

It’s a lovely mentor and trainee tale, wonderfully told lyrically.

Great writing, Larry, as ever! Good