Harry McClintock

[Haywire Mac] (October 8, 1882 – April 24, 1957 / Knoxville, Tennessee)

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Harry Kirby McClintock (October 8, 1882 – April 24, 1957), also known as "Haywire Mac," was an American singer and poet.

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, "the son of a railroad cabinet maker and nephew of four boomer trainmen". His drifting began when he ran away from home as a boy to join a circus. He railroaded in Africa, worked as a seaman, saw action in the ... more »

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The Trusty Lariat (Cowboy Fireman)

Through the high Sierra Mountains
Came an S P passenger train
The hoboes tried to ride her
But found 'twas all in vain

The conductor he took the tickets
And he counted every soul;
The engineer looked straight ahead
And the fireman shoveled coal.

Now, the fireman was a cowboy
But do not think that strange
He could make more money shoveling coal
Than riding on the range

So though he was a fireman
And though he had to sweat
He still remained a western guy
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