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Johnny Cash
Album: Sings the Ballads of the True West
Track: Stampede

Stampede Lyrics


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

Maybe at times life on the range was as peaceful and poetic
As those lyrics to Home On The Range imply
There were the calm quiet nights by the fireplace or by the campfire
There was the smell of strong coffee and the night howl of the timber wolf
And always that Saturday trip to town
And to the night-herder the herd quietly millin' around
But a cowpoke knew that even under the night shades of heaven
That any minute all hell could break loose
And start a nightmare of tons of chargin' crazed cattle
Some men may have had no fear of a six gun or a wild mustang
But just one word could chill the most calloused man and that word was stampede


(Peter LaFarge)
© '64 Piedmont Music, BMI

There's just one word I don't want to hear
When I heard it called it cost a friend quite dear
I can hear it echo as though it were now
When I was a chasin' of the long horned cow

Stampede they're comin' up to draw
Stampede three thousand herd or more
Here they come a smokin' fire boys you better earn your hire
Stampede and hell to score

Now Frank he was my partner he rode point upon my heart
We drank and fought and partnered back to back at troubles start
We heard the call on evening in the thunder and the black
When the lightnin' hit the leaders and the devil led the pack

Stampede they're comin' up to draw...

Our horses they were handy for we had just rode in
We went from drinkin' coffee to thinkin' of our sins
There wasn't time for prayin' there was hardly time to cuss
It was a smokin' roarin' rattle and the leaders were on us

Stampede they're comin' up to draw...

Old Frank's foot it missed the stirrup and his hand it missed the horn
And as the cattle crossed him from his body life was torn
I was mounted and a ridin' when I heard his final yell
Said hey Johnny head the wild bunch and do the ladies well

Stampede they're comin' up to draw...

No I ain't got no partner cause old Frank's done dead and gone
But just so he'd be remembered Peter put him in this song
Some admire headstones but I think he'd like this best
He weren't fancy in his livin' so he ain't fancy in his rest

Stampede they're comin' up to draw...

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