Sung by: Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Ash
Recorded in Evening Shade, AR 6/30/59

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He's just a lonely cowboy
With heart so brave and true.
He learned to love a maiden
With eyes of heav'n so blue.

They learned to love each other
And named their wedding day,
When a quarrel came between them,
And Jackie rode away.

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 tried to forget her name.
Out on the lonely prairie
She waits for him the same.

One night when work was ended,
     (Mr. Ash sings "when work was over.")
Just at the close of day,
Someone said, "Sing a song, Jack,
'Twill drive all care away."

As Jack began his singing,
His mind, it wandered back,
So he sang of a lovely maiden,
Who waited for her Jack.

Jack left the camp next morning,
A-breathing his sweetheart's name.
"I'll go and ask forgiveness,
For I know I was to blame."

But when he reached the prairie,
He found a newmade mound,
And his friends all sadly told him
They laid his loved one down.

They said when she was dying
She breathed her sweetheart's name,
And asked him with her last breath
To tell him when he came:

That your sweetheart waits for you, Jack,
Your sweetheart waits for you,
Out on the lonely prairie,
Where the skies are always blue.

All Songs Recorded by John Quincy Wolf, Jr., unless otherwise noted

The John Quincy Wolf Folklore Collection
Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas
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