Apr. 10th, 2005

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He Shouldn’t-a, Hadn’t-a, Oughtn’t-a Swang on Me
from The Great Race

He sleeps out there, out where the coyotes wail
The reason he ain’t at the bar with the boys
Makes quite a dismal tale ...

He shouldn’t-a, hadn’t-a, oughtn’t-a swang on me
He oughtn’t-a, shouldn’t-a, hadn’t-a, no-siree
You don’t get many callers sleeping on the lone prairie
But he shouldn’t-a, hadn’t-a, oughtn’t-a swang on me.

Way out West we're wild and wooly, in order to explain it fully:
We're tall grown, all grown, all the men are hairy-chested
And all the women, double-breasted, we're lady-like until molested,
And then we're on our own!

He shouldn’t-a, hadn’t-a, oughtn’t-a swang on me.
He oughtn't-a shouldn't-a hadn't-a felt so free,
His wife gets the the insurance,
And I'm sorry as can be,
But he shouldn’t-a, hadn’t-a, oughtn’t-a swang on me.

This here job is mighty trying,
Sometimes the room is fairly flying with
High balls, eyeballs
One got til somebody got him
Tore up the joint from top to bottom
I think I was that one that shot him
As near as I recall.

He shouldn’t-a, hadn’t-a, oughtn’t-a swang on me.
He massacred eight or nine men at the Lazy B.!
He then took on the sheriff, and the sheriff's deputy,
But he shouldn’t-a, hadn’t-a, oughtn’t-a swang on me.

All you boys remember Perry
The wrangler I was set to marry
A long man, strong man
One night he yells "I’m from Texas! ...
And socks me in my solar plexus.
Well having normal, good reflexes, I knocked him on his can!

He shouldn’t-a, hadn’t-a, oughtn’t-a blacked my eye.
I’m really a lovable, peaceable kind of guy.
I wouldn’t scare a rabbit and I couldn’t harm a flea,
But he shouldn’t-a, hadn’t-a, oughtn’t-a swang on me.

If this story has a moral,
It's: When you’re looking for a quarrel or show down;
Slow down.
If by now, you haven’t mastered
The gentle art of getting plastered,
You're just a Low-Down, you ain't mastered
The motto of our town!

You shouldn’t-a, hadn’t-a, oughtn’t-a start no fight
Our burying grounds are a most impressive sight!
The message on them tombstones is as simple as can be:
He shouldn’t-a, hadn’t-a, oughtn’t-a swang on me
He shouldn’t-a, hadn’t-a, oughtn’t-a swang on me.

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