THE PITCHFORK GRAYS by Darrell Arnold and Jean Prescott

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THE PITCHFORK GRAYS
by Darrell Arnold and Jean Prescott

It was not so strange on the Pitchfork range
To find a gray in a cowboy’s string
You could always bet he was from the get
Of their stud, Joe Bailey’s King

Now the gray I rode sure pulled his load
Not a job he could not do
I could rope and cut, really crack the nut
On the gray horse I called Blue

CHORUS
In the golden haze of those Texas days
When the Pitchfork trails were new
We were young and proud and we bragged out loud
To be part of the Pitchfork crew

Through dust and heat and the tall mesquite
We rode sorrels and browns and bays
But, we felt the best, as if we’d been blessed
When we forked those Pitchfork grays

Well, you give your best till it’s time to rest
You get stiff and your vision blurs
You’re past your prime and you know it’s time
That you quit and hang up your spurs

I felt sad and old when my bed I rolled
T’was the only life I knew
But, it made my day when I heard them say
“You done good, just keep ol’ Blue”

In the golden haze of those Texas days
When the Pitchfork trails were new
We were young and proud and we bragged out loud
To be part of the Pitchfork crew

Through dust and heat and the tall mesquite
We rode sorrels and browns and bays
But, we felt the best, as if we’d been blessed
When we forked those Pitchfork grays

He was a good cayuse so I turned Blue loose
He deserved to work no more
He was twenty-eight when he broke the gate
And came up to the big barn door

He came home to die, how my heart did cry
On that cold and bitter day
I’m a-tellin’ you that I sure was blue
When I lost my Pitchfork gray

In the golden haze of those Texas days
When the Pitchfork trails were new
We were young and proud and we bragged out loud
To be part of the Pitchfork crew

Through dust and heat and the tall mesquite
We rode sorrels and browns and bays
But, we felt the best, as if we’d been blessed
When we forked those Pitchfork grays

But, we felt the best, as if we’d been blessed
When we forked those Pitchfork grays

© 2014, Jean Prescott and Darrell Arnold, used with permission

Darrell Arnold, poet, photographer, and editor of  the much-missed COWBOY MAGAZINE and singer/songwriter Jean Prescott have received the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for their collaboration. Jean and Gary Prescott include the song on their new Satisfied Hearts CD, and they will be at the Western Writers’ 65th annual convention, June 20-23, 2018, in Billings, Montana to perform the song. (Jean’s song, “The Ridge,” was also a Spur finalist.)

Watch Jean perform “Pitchfork Grays” in a live performance.

Darrell Arnold was inspired to write the poem after reading about Pitchfolk Grays. Find more about him and COWBOY MAGAZINE at CowboyPoetry.com.

Jean Prescott is known for her collaborations with poets. In addition to Darrell Arnold, she has created songs from the poems of Yvonne Hollenbeck, Deanna Dickinson McCall, Chris Isaacs, the late Pat Richardson, Jeff Gore, Debra Coppinger Hill, Jay Snider, and others.

This photo is by Jean Prescott, taken at the Saunders Ranch on a photo shoot with the late, respected photographer David Stoecklein.

Find more about Jean Prescott at CowboyPoetry.com;  her web site, JeanPrescott.com, and on Facebook.

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