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Words Of Western Wisdom

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Jeff Hildebrant:
Words Of Western Wisdom by Jeff Hildebrandt / Graphic by Tenn Texas

There are words of western wisdom,

Cowpoke philosophy,

which guide us down the trail of life

as far as we can see.

Like, never squat while wearing spurs.

Drink up-stream from the herd.

In hot weather, don’t kick cow chips,

is another that I’ve heard.

Always keep your powder dry.

Close gates that you go through.

And make dern sure that you can spit

before you take a chew.

Those words of Western wisdom

from experience were born

so kindly pay attention

and take bulls by the horn.

Pull yourself up by your bootstraps.

Sit Tall up in the saddle.

When trouble’s heading down your way

it’s best if you skedaddle.

Pistols are for shooting.

Hats are made to wear.

And words of western wisdom

are meant for us to share.

We all start out with nothing

and we’ll leave here just the same.

Building treasure up in heaven

should be each cow pokes aim.

Those words of western wisdom,

Cowpoke philosophy

will guide you down the trail of life

toward eternity.

© 2002, Jeff Hildebrandt

Will Rogers …

1. Never slap a man who’s chewing tobacco.

2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

3. There are 2 theories to arguing with a woman…neither works.

4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

5. Always drink upstream from the herd.

6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your pocket.

8. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.

9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

10. If you’re riding’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.

11. Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier’n puttin’ it back.

12. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral:
When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

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