Sweet Betsy From Pike anonymous American Folk Song
Now don't you remember sweet Betsy from Pike
This line signifies a women named Betsy who is from Pike County.
Who crossed the big mountains with her lover Ike
She is migrating west with her lover through the rocky mountains.
Two yoke of oxen a big yeller dog
A wooden beam between two oxen and a large dog to go along with them.
A tall Shanghai rooster and one spotted hog
And a rooster and a hog to meet their dietary needs.
One evenin' quite early they camped on the plat
One night after a long day of travel they laid to rest on a plot of land
Down by the road on a green shady flat
They laid down to rest on a nice green patch of land.
Where Betsy got tired and lay down to repose
Betsy was tired so she layed down to recuperate.
And Ike he just gazed on his Pike County rose
Ike patiently stared at his sweet Betsy while she was on the patch of land.
Well they soon reached the desert where Betsy gave out
After days of travelling they finally reached the dessert where Betsy then reached her breaking point.
Down in the sand she lay rollin' about
She collapsed on the ground with sand in her eyes.
While Ike in great tears looked on in surprise
Ike in tears looked down on his lover.
He said, "Betsy get up, you'll get sand in your eyes"
With tears in his eyes he encouraged his lover to get up.
Well the Shanghai ran off and the cattle all died
Then the rooster ran off and the last cattle died off.
The last piece of bacon that mornin' was fried
This line explains how the last piece of food that they had was used up in the morning.
Ike he got discouraged and Betsy got mad
In this line it shows Ike's discouragement and Betsy frustration.
The dog wagged his tail and looked wonderfully sad
The dog sad and helpless just wagged his tail while his masters were frustrated.
Well a miner said, "Betsy will you dance with me"
Then Ike asked Betsy to dance.
"I will now old Hoss if you don't make too free
She then agreed to the miners request.
But don't dance me hard do you want to know why
She told Ike not to dance her too hard
Doggone you I'm chocked full of strong alkali"
She was frustrated with him as the conditions were poor.
Ike and sweet Betsy got married of course
Betsy and Ike became married.
But Ike gettin' jealous obtained the divorce
Ike then got jealous so he obtained for a divorce.
Betsy well satisfied said with a shout
Betsy was well satisfied with his decision and she yelled in satisfaction.
"Goodbye you big lummox, I'm glad you backed out"
She then insulted her old lover Ike and called him clumsy and stupid as he backed out.