Me and my uncle went a'ridin' down From Colorado, West Texas bound We stopped over in Santa Fe The part of being about half way. Besides it was the hottest part of the day.
We led our ponies into a stall. Went to a bar, boys. Bought drinks for all. Two days in the saddle, my body hurt, And being summer, took off my shirt, And tried to wash off some of that dusty dirt.
West Texas cowboys, all over town, With gold and silver, they're loaded down. Just in for round up You know it seemed a shame And so my uncle starts a friendly game High-low jack, the winner takes the game.
From the beginning my uncle started to win. Them Texas cowboys they was mad as sin. Some said "he's cheatin'!" Ah, but that can't be, because my uncle, well, he's as honest as me. I'm about as honest as a Denver man can be.
One of them cowboys, you know he started to draw. I grabbed a bottle, slapped him on the jaw. I had to shoot another, now he won't grow old In the confusion my uncle grabbed the gold. We hightailed it down to Mexico, Mexico, way down to Mexico.
God bless cowboys God bless gold God bless my uncle, God rest his soul He taught me well, boys He taught me all I know Taught me so that I grabbed the gold Left him lying there by the side of the road.