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Songs of the West

Four Cords 

Track 8: GEORGE CAMPBELL

This is Child ballad 210 as reworked into an American setting by Harland Kinsey of Berkeley, California. Learned almost the day it was composed. The melody is similar to "Hang Me." For a further history of the song in this country, see Coffin, 128.

George Campbell lived in Texas with his mother and his wife
George Campbell lived in Texas with his mother and his wife
Two little children to make a hard hard life. 
Two little children to make a hard hard life.

Well, Georgie left his mother, his children and his wife
Georgie left his mother, his children and his wife 
For to get some money to find a pleasant life. 
For to get some money to find a pleasant life.

He rambled he gambled he rambled all around 
He rambled he gambled he rambled all around
Til he met up with a gambler who shot the poor boy down.
He met up with a gambler who shot the poor boy down.

Two women cryin' children walkin' 'round 
Two women cryin' children walkin' 'round 
Waitin' for the dead man to come from the town 
Waitin' for the dead man to come from the town.

Home come the saddle home come old Dan
Home come the saddle home come old Dan 
Home come the saddle but never come the man 
Home come the saddle but never come the man

Who'll plough my meadow, who'll hoe my corn 
Who'll plough my meadow, who'll hoe my corn? 
Two little children and a baby yet unborn 
Two little children and a baby yet unborn.

Georgie's mother's weepin' his wife is the same 
Georgie's mother's weepin' his wife is the same 
Two little children to curse the gambler's game 
Two little children to curse the gambler's game.