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 Colorado Sandstorm Music



The Boys From the Bar Double O

©2011 Sandra L. Reay, Ernie Martinez

Colorado Sandstorm Music,B.M.I
Ash Street Music, ASCAP

Come over here, sonny. Sit down with your Grampa
  I'll tell you some stories from time long ago
  'Bout ridin' and ropin' and runnin' cattle
  When I rode with The Boys from the Bar Double O
2. Handy Jack did tricks with rope that was genius
  Folks from the town now, they'd just call it quaint
  I'm tellin you, son, I once saw him lasso
  A spot off the back of an overo paint
On horses, none better than a dark-haired old wrangler
  For size and good nature was called Gentle Ben
  He could harness lightnin', neck-rein a cloud burst
And once, son, I swear it, he saddled the wind
Those were the days, son. Those were the days
  When we roamed from the Rockies to Old Mexico
  Singin' to cattle and eatin' trail dust
  When I rode with The Boys from the Bar Double O
5. Long Tom was a drover who thought just like cattle
He had a nose for sniffin' out strays
  Could start the herd movin' with naught but a whisper
  And smelled like a heifer on really wet days
Those men, they learned me to ride and to wrangle
  'Bout herdin' and dallies, to hold the rope so
  I started out tender and had to grow up fast
  When I rode with The Boys from the Bar Double O
7. I married a pretty girl fresh from the city
  She thought she'd like ranchin' but she didn't know
  She'd be home waitin' with chores and the baby
  While I rode with The Boys from the Bar Double O
8. So stay with me, son, for a summer. I learn ya
  'Bout ridn' and ropin' - things you should know
  Just like your ma did when she was your age
  Taught by The Boys from the Bar Double O
The Boys From the Bar Double O
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© Dusty Trail Lynn Kopelke painting of cowboys on horses with pack horses and a wagon pulled by mulesin a cloud of dust
© Dusty Trail Lynn Kopelke

"In the summer of 2010, Ernie played a Western swing tune with what he called a 'carousel turn-around' and asked me to write western lyrics for it. A few characters and some rhymes came to me. Ernie liked them.

"I didn't do anything with them until I was at the Western Music Association Annual get-together in Albuquerque in November, 2010. A drunk pounded on the door at 3 a.m. I couldn't go back to sleep. In the dark, the entire poem came to me. I went back to sleep. The next day, I sat in the hallway at the showcase and wrote it all out, except for one verse which came back to me later.

"Funny—I decided later I didn't need that 'lost' verse and took it out."

To comply with the traditional rules of meter and rhyme prevalent in cowboy poetry, Sandy Reay rewrote The Boys from the Bar Double O and published it in Another Horse to Saddle—An Online Cowboy Poetry Book.
The original lyrics to The Boys From the Bar Double O were published in The Round Up at the Western Music Association 2011 Western Music Festival.
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