Ian Tyson - "Murder Steer"


Subject: Murder Steer 4/4 (Ian Tyson)

I think this version is right, that last verse is played the same only

Murder Steer

(Am) Come all ye brave cow punchers, wherever you may (C) be
My tale is of the ninties, when the west was wild and (Am) free
South (F) Texas Brewster county, an (C) early work was a goin (Am) on
Three (F) thousand head of cattle, thrown (G) together in the (Am) dawn

(Am) Now the biggest outfits of that time was wentworth and (C) dubois
There rep was a man named Gilleland sent to represent their (Am) law
A (F) man of pride and arrogance, he (C) was oft described that (Am) way
And (F) he set the wheels in motion for the (G) horrors of that (Am) day

(Am) Now on that day a yearling bull was claimed by Henry (C) Powe
And the roundup boss agreed, said with Henry he should (Am) go
Finally (F) Gilleland loped over and cried (C) produce the mama (Am) cow
Or (F) you'll play hell a takin him and we'll (G) settle it here and (Am)

(Am) When Henry powe and Gilleland met in the center of the (C) herd
Tragedy was near at hand though no one could hear their (Am) words
But (F) when the dust had settled on that (C) january (Am) day
Henry (F) Powe was found gunned down (G) Gilleland rode hard (Am) away

(Am) So the boy's dragged out the yearling bull, branded murder on his (C)
And January twenty on the mavericks other (Am) side
Then (F) they turned him loose to wonder like some (C) phantom of the (Am)
In (F) Texas on the full of the moon his (G) legend still (Am) remains
(This last verse is slowed down)
(Am) Out on the lonesome ranges, in the silent mists of (C) dawn
The ghost steer comes a gliddin, then suddenly he's (Am) gone
Still (F) searchin for the cowboys that placed a (C) curse upon his (Am)
Doomed (F) to roam eternity, murder (G) branded on his (Am) hide