It's Sunday or Monday for sure I can't say.
The boys got the pickup and all got away
And just why can't I go? to them I did say
You've got to stay here and calve heifers today.
My jobs in the springtime some times runs till fall
I sleep very little and run at the call
A heifer is down and mother to be
If she needs help she can count on me
I'm all equipped a chain in my hand,
A horse saddled up the best in the land,
The more calves I save the more we can sell
But I sure hate to calve them inside a corral
(Calves get white scours and die)
I've calved in the cedars where their hard to find
Yip this. ones in trouble I sneak up behind
I put on the chain and I give a long pull
And when it's all over I delivered a bull.
This one was easy so I look for another
Who knows I may save his sister or brother
It takes lots of doing and lots of know how
And not everybody can calve out a cow.
I lose several calves and a heifer or two
But the loss would be greater if I weren't here too
This job has no ending goes on day and night
I get very tired although things go right
It sure is heck when one's on the fight
I work twice as hard and look quite a sight
I wear every color that nature provides
Oh well what's the difference, it's on the outside
I put all the pairs out they're doing OK
Oh heck there's two calves on that heifer today
Oh well what's the difference? They're young yet you see
Some day they'll know better like you and like me.
The boss asks this question how great was the loss?
I sure hate to say sir but since you're the boss
I've lost 12% sir and that is right
Lost some in the daytime and some at night
Let's calve them at threes sir, their chances would be better
The only danger would be in bad weather
Can't do that, the boss said my interests too high
The bank wants the money and so do I.
Things will work out some day I suppose
In the mean time these heifers are ruining my clothes
Darkness is here and the pickup comes in
The boys all have whiskey and beer on their chins
Laughing and joking and telling a tale
And if I'd of been with them we'd all be in jail.
I could write more verses like this I would say
But I've got to stay here and calve heifers today.
April 10, 1968
Portrait of a real life Cowboy- Louis Cusimano, A True American Hero
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