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Johnny Cash
Album: Sings the Ballads of the True West
Track: Sweet Betsy from Pike

Sweet Betsy from Pike Lyrics

NARRATION

(Johnny Cash)
© '65 Song Of Cash Music, ASCAP

You know women had it tough too movin' West
The broad prairies the thirst the hunger there were just about too much to believe
Especially for for a young lady born and bred back East
Yet with all the troubles and the seemingly endless miles
Across the great wastes the plains the deserts
Someone saw fit to throw a little human interest a little humor
On a long hard almost unbelievable trip
Made by two young lovers sweet Betsy and Ike from Pike County Missouri

SWEET BETSY FROM PIKE

(Jimmie Driftwood)
© '55 Warden Music, BMI

Now don't you remember sweet Betsy from Pike
Who crossed the big mountains with her lover Ike
Two yoke of oxen a big yeller dog a tall Shanghai rooster and one spottled hog
One evenin' quite early they camped on the plat
Down by the road on a green shady flat
Where Betsy got tired and lay down to repose
And Ike he just gazed on his Pike County rose
[ banjo ]
Well they soon reached the desert where Betsy gave out
Down in the sand she lay rollin' about
While Ike in great tears looked on in surprise
He said Betsy get up you'll get sand in your eyes
Well the Shanghai ran off and the cattle all died
The last piece of bacon that mornin' was fried
Ike he got discouraged and Betsy got mad
The dog wagged his tail and looked wonderfully sad
[ harmonica ]
Well a miner said Betsy will you dance with me
I will now old Hoss if you don't make too free
But don't dance me hard do you want to know why
Doggone you I'm chocked full of strong alkali
Ike and sweet Betsy got married of course
But Ike gettin' jealous obtained the divorce
Betsy well satisfied said with a shout
Goodbye you big lummox I'm glad you backed out

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