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Cowboy Jack [core]

Jack he was a 4 cowboy
With a 5 heart so brave and 1 true
He learned to love a 4 maiden
With 5 eyes of heavenly 1 blue

They learned to love each other
And planned their wedding day
But a quarrel came between them
And Jack he rode away

Chorus
Your sweetheart waits for you Jack
Your sweetheart waits for you
Out on the lonely prairie
Your sweetheart waits for you

He joined a band of cowboys
And he tried to forget her name
But out on the lonely prairie
She waits for him in vain

Jack dreamed of a fair young maiden
Who was waiting far away
He left the town next morning
Saying boys I can not stay

But when he reached that prairie
He found a new laid mound
And his friends then sadly told him
They laid her in the ground

She said as she was dying
I'm waiting Jack for you
Out on the lonely prairie
Where the skies are always blue

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Available in these books:

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Core Songs Edition
100 songs and our acclaimed play-by-ear learning method.
Big Print Songs
Over 200 songs.
Family Tradition
The reference manual, with lyrics to 330 songs.
The first two books feature large-print lyrics (20-point type) and include chords, historical info, jamming hints, and more.

...and on these CDs:

Five CDs, 100 songs. Recordings from the Abbott family and their friends.
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A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear. http://ToneWay.com