Yellowstone Chip Samuell
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The following videos correspond to the music playlist from the book
"Singing in the Saddle, The Life and Times of Yellowstone Chip."
I have chosen to add images to the songs for you visual enjoyment.
This song was sung by the "Dudes" at the OTO Dude Ranch in Montana. The lyrics were written by Bess Randall. Paul Boruff has put it to music based on what was being sung during the time period.
I'm a Dude of the OTO is the first song on the list.
The Anvil Chorus was one selection played by the Four Samuell Brothers Concert Company.
Chip played bass chimes on the selection and as he so aptly describes in his writing, he once performed with a broken arm.
The third song on the list from "Singing in the Saddle, The Life and Times of Yellowstone Chip"
is I Ride an Old Paint.
This is one of Chip's songs on his song list that he handed out to folks. Paul Boruff sings this version.
This tribute to Jim Bridger is the fourth selection from the list of songs. Chip uses a spoken song style not unlike today’s cowboy poetry. However Chip accompanies himself with his guitar which keeps the tune in a music, rather than poetry, format.
After working several seasons in Yellowstone National Park and inspired by the beauty of the western landscape of the Big Hole it is likely his lyric for “The Big Sky” evolved here.
The fifth tune presented here is the traditional cowboy song “Jake and Roany.”
Chip recorded "Jake and Roany on a 78 rpm record. His unique style is heard on this music selection.
Here is number six on the song list.
This is the saga of the "Queen of the Northern Prairie." She represents the ultimate heroine in Chip's writing.
Chip recorded this song on a 33 1/3 rpm record with fellow musican Rudy Mack on banjo.
The version of "Last of the 5,000 or Waiting for a Chinook," on the left (number seven on the song list) closely follows the melody of “The Prisoner’s Song” as Chip
would have envisioned when he first wrote the lyrics.
Paul Boruff performs this tune.
Compare Paul Boruff's version, to the tune on the right,
which is Chip's recorded version from the 1950s.
This is number fifteen on the song list. Chip had about twenty years of performing the tune before he recorded in on a 45 rpm record.
Chip was politically not a “New Dealer” and he wasn’t afraid to put his political opinions to music. He wrote the song “Hullava Shape We’re In” in response to the social programs of the day. It is the eighth selection on the music list.
Chip writes, “. . . this is a reminder of the days when rationing seemed to be our greatest handicap. You may remember it was so badly administered by bureaucrats who didn’t know a truck tire from a doughnut that we couldn’t decide who to blame–Republicans or Democrats.”
'Rattle Your Horns You Texas Steers" is the ninth tune on the song list.
It is an original ballad of Chip's.
This is from his first folio of music and he set his words to the tune of Turkey in the Straw.
This selection is sung byPaul Boruff.
In this, the tenth song on the list, Chip sings his rendition of Gail Gardner's poem "Dude Wrangler."
Certainly Chip knows he sings of himself.
"I've Been Living with a Sweetheart" is the eleventh selection on the music list.
It was inspired by a story Chip was told by an old cowboy
who met the love of his life while driving a stagecoach from Roswell, New Mexico, to Santa Fe.
In "A Happy Soldier Cowboy," Chip combines his feeling for the West
as well as the theme of returning from WWII.
Compare how Chip performs this tune with the printed version in the book.
This is the twelfth selection on the music list.
This is song number thirteen.
Of "I Dreamed I Flew to the Rainbow's Bend,"
Chip writes, "Dedicated to our U.S. Air Corps flyers who make the flight
of no return and specifically to a friend we knew as Leck.
Leck‘s greatness and bravery as a bombardier on his way down in
WWII leaves a legacy of heroism to history."
This is the fourteenth selection on Yellowstone Chip's song list
entitled "Golden Buckle of Granddad's."
The words tell the story of how a man, now a grandfather,
won the coveted Rodeo Golden Buckle prize awarded for best all-around cowboy.
The last song on the music list is Red Hot Daisy Lou.
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