Song – Betsy From Pike

WRITER

  • Bob Gibson

PUBLISHER(S)

  • Robert Josiah Music

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Gibson’s new words and musical adaptation of this traditional song became the definitive version.

One-stop license for Bob Gibson/Bootleg available through Wixen Music.

Sweet Betsy From Pike

by Jackie De Shannon | Jackie De Shannon

Sweet Betsy From Pike

by New Christy Minstrels | Cowboys & Indians

LYRIC

Betsy From Pike

Now don’t you remember sweet Betsy from Pike
She crossed the great prairies with her lover, Ike
She had two yoke of oxen and one spotted hog
She’d a tall shanghai rooster and an old yeller dog

Well the rooster ran off and the cattle all died
The last piece of bacon that mornin’ was fried
Old Ike got discouraged and Betsy got mad
The dog wagged his tail and looked wonderful sad

‘Twas out on the desert where Betsy gave out
Then down in the sand she lay rollin’ about
Old Ike looked at Betsy and said in surprise
“Come on get my darlin’ you’ll get sand in your eyes

Now Ike and Sweet Betsy got married of course
But Ike getting’ jealous obtained a divorce
And Betsy, well satisfied, said with a shout
“Goodbye you old lummox, I’m glad you backed out

Now don’t you remember sweet Betsy from Pike
She crossed the great prairie with her lover, Ike
With two yoke of oxen and one spotted hog
A tall shanghai rooster and an old yeller dog

New words & new music adaptation by Bob Gibson