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Bald Butte

This song is by Colter Wall and appears on the album Colter Wall (2017).

Bald Butte, Bald Butte
So lofty and so high
Oh, carry me to Bald Butte
Where the plains wrap 'round the sky
You can dig a hole on Bald Butte when I die

Well, Henry was born on Bald Butte
A paint horse he did ride
Well, he roped him in Alberta
Broke him on the Montana line
Tore him a trail through the Northwest country side

Henry took a-stealin'
Robbin' on a C.P. rail
He got the Devil on his shoulders
And the lawman on his tail
You better ride, Henry ride
You ain't got no friends to go your bail

Well, he rode across the grey-back camp
Up in Cypress Hills
They said they left the U.S. Nation
On the day that Richmond fell
And they whistled Dixie and set them up a still

Henry woke the next morn
Like a corpse from the grave
Half blind and twice as haggard
He took a cast iron to the brain
They stole his horse and the rifle that shared his name

Well, he tracked them former Johnny Rebs
Through the prairie and the trees
Up old Castle Mountain
Across the river Wapiti
Lo and behold, what do you think he see

I see my paint
I see my rifle
That shares my name
I see them men that done me wrong
Lord, I'm gonna do them just the same

Henry grabbed his rifle
Up off of the ground
He kissed the ever-lovin' barrel
And he shot them ole boys down
They hit the dirt, he reveled in the sound

Now he's back up in the saddle
Back up on the top
When he felt that Southern slug
Chew a hole right through his gut
He thought he'd killed them all but he had not

That paint took off a-runnin'
Through the water and the mud
No earthly force in this whole world
Could stop that 'Berta stud
Oh, Henry sat there laughin' up his blood

And he was singin'

Bald Butte, Bald Butte
So lofty and so high
Oh, carry me to Bald Butte
Where the plains wrap 'round the sky
You can dig a hole on Bald Butte when I die

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Written by:

Colter Wall

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