Little Joe the Wrangler

100 Greatest Western Songs of All Time !!!! The song is about a solitary orphan who is taken in by a group of cowboys and put to work at a man's job. Little Joe's life ends tragically when his horse suffers a fall during a stampede, crushing the young fellow beneath him.

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Cover LP Marty Robbins Columbia 1960
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Little Joe the Wrangler is a classic American cowboy song, written by N. Howard “Jack” Thorp. It appeared in Thorp’s 1908 Songs of the Cowboys, which was the first published collection of cowboy songs. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.

The song is about a solitary orphan who is taken in by a group of cowboys and put to work at a man’s job. Little Joe’s life ends tragically when his horse suffers a fall during a stampede, crushing the young fellow beneath him. The song has been sung over and over in cow camps for over a century, and has been recorded by many Western singers.



Some Vesions

Marc Williams 1928 First recording on March 23, 1928
Jules Allen “The Singing Cowboy” August 1928
The Texas Drifter 1931
Edward L. Crain (The Texas Cowboy) 1931
The Ranch Boys September 1939
Tex Ritter January 1960
Marty Robbins September 1960
Arnold Keith Storm 1964
The Sons of the Pioneers 1965
Nevada Slim 1967
Rex Allen 1972
Red Steagall and The Coleman County Cowboys 1977
Don Edwards 1986
Roy Rogers and Emmylou Harris August 1991
Ranger Doug & Riders in the Sky July 5, 2013

And More ……..





Little Joe The Wrangler lyrics

Little Joe the Wrangler will wrangle nevermore
His days with the roundup they are o’er
Was a year ago last April when he rode into our camp
Just a little Texas stray and nothing more

Was late in the evening when he rode into our camp
On the little Texas pony he called Chaw
With his brogan shoes and overalls a tougher looking kid
You never in your life before had saw

His saddle was a Texas kack built many years ago
An OK spur on one foot lightly swung
With his packroll in a cotton sack so loosely tied behind
And a canteen from his saddle horn was slung

He said he had to leave his home his pa had married twice
His new ma whipped him every day or two
So he saddled up old Chaw one night and lit a shuck his way
He said he’d try to paddle his own canoe

He said if we would give him work he’d do the best he could
Though he didn’t know straight up about a cow
So the boss he cut him out a mount and kindly put him on
He sorta liked this little kid somehow

He learned to wrangle horses and learned to know them all
And get them in at daybreakk if he could
And to trail the old chuck wagon and always hitch the team
And help to cook each evening rustle wood

We had hardly reached the Pecos the weather it was fine
We were camped down on the south side in a draw
When a northern commenced blowing and we doubled up our guards
It took every one of us to hold them in

Little Joe the Wrangler was called out with the rest
Scarcely had the little fellow reached the herd
When the cattle they stampeded like a hailstorm on they fled
And everyone was ridin’ for the lead

Amid the streaks of lightnin’ there was one horse up ahead
He was tryin’ to check the leaders in their speed
It was little Joe the Wrangler with a slicker o’er his head
He was ridin’ Old Blue Rocket in the lead

At last we got them millin’ and kinda quited down
And the extra guards back to the wagon went
But there was one a missin’ we could see it at a glance
Was our little Texas stray poor Wrangler Joe

Next morning just at daybreak we found where Rocket fell
Down in a washout twenty feet below
Beneath his horse his life had gone his spung had run its knell
Was our little Texas stray poor Wrangler Joe

Single Marc Williams Brunswick 1929
Single Marc Williams Brunswick 1929
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