Cisco Houston Web Site

The Songs He Sang

All The Lyrics

As performed by Cisco Houston

While we have attempted accuracy on these lyrics, the famous "folk process" of stealing and plagiarizing and adapting and adjusting and misremembering lyrics makes finding the ONE version of the song which is most authentic almost impossible. The typical Folkways typed liner note booklet, for all the scholarly pretensions, had careless errors. Cisco adapted songs to fit his voice and his rhythms, performed differently on different occasions, and never thought he was reciting the Old Testament. So, these are the lyrics as we hear them, on a version we have.

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Song Titles

900 Miles


Badman Ballad

Barbara Allen

Beans, Bacon and Gravy

Bed On The Floor

Bed On The Floor (With Woody Guthrie)

Big Rock Candy Mountain

Bile Dem Cabbage Down

Black Is The Color

Blow The Candle Out

Blowing Down That Old Dusty Road

Boll Weevil

Bonneville Dam

Booth Shot Lincoln

Born 100,000 Years Ago

Brave Engineer

Brown Eyes

Buffalo Skinners

Cape Cod

The Cat Came Back

Children Go Where I Send Thee

Chilly Winds

The Chisolm Trail

Clickety Clack

Clickety Clack As performed by some well-loved women

Colorado Trail

Columbus Stockade

Crawdad Song

Cryderville Jail

Cumberland Gap

Curly Headed Baby

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Danville Girl

Danville Girl, No. 2 (With Woody Guthrie)

Dark as A Dungeon


Diamond Joe

Do Re Mi

A Dollar Down

Down In The Valley

Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill

Dust Bowl Refugee

Dying Cowboy

East Texas Red

East Virginia Blues

Erie Canal

Fare Thee Well

Fare Thee Well, Cisco (Tom Paxton)

Farmer's Lament

Fire Down Below

The Fox

Frankie and Johnny

Frog Went A Courtin'

Froggy Went A Courtin' (With Woody Guthrie and Sonny Terry)

The Frozen Logger

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Gettin' Up Holler

Girl in the Wood

Git Along Little Dogies

Glory (With Woody Guthrie and Sonny Terry)

Go Tell Aunt Rhody (With Woody Guthrie and Sonny Terry)

The Golden Vanity

Grand Coulee Dam

Great American Bum

Great July Jones

Green Lilac Hill

Gypsy Davy

Hard, Ain't It Hard

Hard Travelin'

Haul Away Joe

Hobo Bill

Hobo Blues

Hobo's Lullaby

Hound Dog

Humpty Dumpty

I Ain't Got No Home

I Don't Mind Marrying

I Ride An Old Paint

The Intoxicated Rat

It Was Sad When That Great Ship Went Down (With Woody Guthrie and Sonny Terry)

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Jack Hammer Blues

Jesus Christ

John Hardy

John Henry

John Henry (With Woody)

The Killer

Ladies Auxiliary

A Picture From Life's Other Side

Little Joe The Wrangler

London Bridge

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The Midnight Special

Mole in the Ground

Molly Malone

Mulberry Bush

Mule Skinner Blues

Mule Skinner Blues (With Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly)

My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

My Daddy

My Gal

Mysteries Of A Hobo's Life

New York Town

Night Herding Song

Old Blue

Old Dan Tucker

Old Howard

Old Lone Wolf

Old Reilly (or Riley...)

Old Smoky

Old Time Religion

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Passing Through

Pastures of Plenty

Pat Works on the Railway

Peas Porridge Hot

Philadelphia Lawyer

Philadelphia Lawyer (Reno Blues) (With Woody Guthrie)

Pie In The Sky

Precious Lord, Take My Hand

Pretty Boy Floyd

Pumpkin Eater

Railroad Bill

Railroad Whistle (With Woody Guthrie and Sonny Terry)

The Rambler

The Rambler (From Lonesome Valley)

Rambler (Danville Girl)

Rambling, Gambling Man

Rambling, Gambling Man as Gil Houston

Rambling Round

Ranger's Command

Red River Valley

Ride Old Paint (With Woody Guthrie)

River of Gold (As Gil Huston)


Roll On, Columbia

Rose, Rose, I Love You (as Cisco Huston)

Roving Gambler

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Saturday Night (True Love on my Mind)

Ship in the Sky

Sinking of the Reuben James

Sloop John B

So Long, It's Been Good

Soup Song

Sowing On The Mountain (With Woody Guthrie)

St. James Infirmary



Stewball (With Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly)

The Strawberry Roan

Streets of Laredo

Sweet Betsy From Pike

Take A Whiff On Me

Take My Hand/Didn't It Rain?

Taking It Easy

Talking Blues

Talking Dust Bowl

Talking Fishing Blues

Talking Guitar Blues

There's A Better World A-Comin'

They Call The Wind Maria (as Gil Huston)

This Land Is My Land

This Train

Three Blind Mice

Tom Joad

Tramp on the Street

Tramp, Tramp, Tramp

Travel On

Trouble In Mind

Turtle Dove

Tying A Knot In The Devil's Tail

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Waggoner's Lad

Way Out There

What Are Little Boys Made Of?

What Did The Deep Sea Say?

Whose Going To Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet? (With Woody Guthrie)

Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo, Get Along Little Dogies (With Woody Guthrie)

Worried Man Blues

Wreck of the Old 97

Yellow Gal

Yonder Tree

Zebra Dun

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Sources For the traditional songs Cisco performed

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