Last night as I lay on the prairie
And looked at the stars in the sky,
I wondered if ever a cowboy
Would drift to the sweet by and by.
The road to the bright, happy region
Is a dim, narrow trail so they say;
But the bright one that leads to perdition
Is posted and blazed all the way.
They say that there will be a great roundup,
And cowboys, like dogies, will stand
To be marked by the Riders of
Judgement, Who are posted and know every brand.
I know that there's many a cowboy
Who'll be lost at the great, final sale
When he might have gone in the green pastures
Had he known of the dim narrow trail.
I wonder if ever a cowboy
Stood ready for the Judgement Day
And could say to the Boss of the Riders
"I'm ready, come drive me away."
For they, like the cows that are located
Stampede at the sight of a hand
Are dragged with a rope to the roundup
Or get marked with some crooked mans brand.
And I'm scared that I'll be a stray yearling
A maverick, unbranded on high
And get cut in the bunch with the "rusty’s"
When the Boss of the Riders goes by.
They tell of another big Owner
Who's ne're overstocked, so they say
But who always makes room for the sinner
Who drifts from the straight narrow way.
They say he will never forget you
That he knows every action and look;
So for safety you'd better get branded,
Save your name in his big Tally Book.
by: S.Omar Barker