Blood on the Saddle

I was 'rear-ended' by a car while out cycling recently (on 5th April).

A friend (Karl) asked me what my injuries were. I gave a brief run-down,
including the blood that ran from a deep gash below my knee.

(The bloodstains are still there 3 weeks later. What staying power!)

He then launched into the lyrics from a cowboy song, two versions of which
appear below.

I got a good laugh out of it.

BLOOD ON THE SADDLE – <http://lonehand.com/cowboy_songs.htm#Blood on the
Saddle>

There's blood on the saddle and blood on the ground,
And a great great big puddle of blood all around;
A cowboy lay in it all covered with gore
And he never will ride any broncos no more.

Oh, pity the cowboy all gory and red,
A bronco fell on him and bashed in his head.
There was blood on the saddle and blood on the ground,
A great big puddle of blood all around.

BLOOD ON THE SADDLE – <http://www.kancoll.org/khq/1939/39_1_hull.htm> [46
KANSAS HISTORICAL QUARTERLY]

There's b-lood on the saddle,
There's b-lood all around.
And a great big puddle
Of blood on the ground.

Oh, pity the cowboy,
So bloody and red.
His pony fell on him,
And mashed in his head.

SL


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