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Windy Bill chords - Rex Allen

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WINDY BILL (aka The Old Black Steer)
Recorded by: Rex Allen

[1=A] Bill was a Texas lad
And [5=E] he could rope, you [1=A] bet
He swore the Steer he [5=E] couldn't tie 
Well, he'd [4=D] never met (h)'im [1=A] yet 
Now all the boys knew an [5=E] old Black Steer 
Who's a [4=D] kind of an old Out-[1=A] law 
Who'd run down in the Malpais 
At the [5=E] foot of Rocky [1] 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 

Verse 3:
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 

[Note. Extra verse not on this 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 

Sam Stack Tree: the frame, or "Tree" of a saddle was
made of wood, with a leather covering.
"Sam Stack Tree" was a famous brand of saddle 

Maguey: pronounced McGee, a rope made of Mexican Maguey fiber

Snake: bad steer

Dally Welter: from the Spanish "dar le vuelta", a turn or two
of the rope around the saddle horn 

Rim-fire: a saddle with two girths


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