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Poor Old Buck

Song performed by: Joseph Trahey, Leslie Beukelman (vocals)and Tara Dirst (banjo). Recording engineer: Matt Dotson.


TUNE - Old Uncle Ned.

THERE is an old donkey, a worn-out Jack,
Too old to live very long,
He has no bone in the middle of his back,
Where the bones ought to grow very strong.

CHORUS.
Then let down the bars very low,
And drive in the poor old joe
There's no more work for poor old “Buck,”
Let him go where the old nags go.

His legs are long when he trots after votes,
But he has no eyes for to see -
And his teeth are worn out eating public oats,
So he'll have to let the public oats be.

CHORUS. - Then let down the bars very low, &c.
He always pulls wrong, with a very hard jerk,
Which gives to his driver much trouble;
He's not at all fit for our kind of work,
For he's never yet learned to go double.

CHORUS. - Then let down the bars very low, &c.

What's the use of a nag with so many bad ways,
So stubborn, so old, and so slow?
The best we can do is to turn him out to graze
In the fields where the short grasses grow.

CHORUS. - Then let down the bars very low, &c.

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