|Performed By:||Rex Allen, Sr.|
Bill was a Texas lad And he could rope, you bet He swore the Steer he couldn't tie Well, he'd never met him yet Now all the boys knew an old Black Steer Who's a kind of an old outlaw Who'd run down in the Malpais At the foot of Rocky Draw This old Black Steer had stood his ground With Punchers from ev'rywhere So they bet old Bill at two-to-one That he couldn't quite get there Then Bill brought out his old Gray Hoss His Withers 'n' Back were raw Prepared to tackle that big Black Brute That run down in the Draw With his Brazos Bit and his Sam Stack Tree His Chaps and Spurs to boot His old Maguey tied hard and fast Bill swore he'd get that Brute Now, first Bill sort-a sauntered 'round Old Blackie began to paw Then he throwed his tail straight up in the air And went driftin' down the Draw (Verse not included in Rex Allen recording) The old Gray Plug flew after him For he'd been eatin' Corn And Bill, he piled his old Maguey Right 'round old Blackie's Horns The old Gray Hoss, he stopped right still The Cinches broke like Straw And the old Maguey and the Sam Stack Tree Went driftin' down the Draw Bill, he lit in a Flint Rock Pile His face and hands were scratched He said he thought he could rope a Snake But he guessed he'd met his match He paid his bets like a little man Without a bit of Jaw And 'llowed old Blackie was the best Of anything in the Draw There's a moral to my story, boys And that you all must see Whenever you go to tie a Snake Don't tie it to your Tree But take your Dally Welters 'Cordin' to California law You'll never see your old Rim-fire Go driftin' down the Draw
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