Randolph the Bow-Legged Cowboy


That link should be a thread about twisted Christmas Carols. It jiggled my memory, and caused me to ask this question.
Fact: In 1954, I was in 4th grade, at McKinley Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia. My best friend was Douglas Broiles. Dougie. I’m not sure of the spelling of his last name.

Around Christmas time we wrote a parody of the then-popular tune “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry. I remember sitting in class trying out different lyrics. We “invented” Randolph the Bowlegged Cowboy." Or did we?

We certainly came up with that phrase. But did it exist before we “invented” it? Did Dougie influence us, having heard it somewhere prior to this? Did I? Not that I am aware.

Doug was only there that year. His parents were military and left. He must have had a connection to Ohio(where I now live) as he had a bag of “buceyes” which we threw around the neighborhood like so many marbles. That info has nothing to do with the story.

So: did Doug and I invent the parody “Randolph the Bowlegged Cowboy?” Or did we just steal it?

Yeah! Yeah! I know. I could Google around, and find some kind of prelim. answer, but then, what would DDG have to do tonight?


How do the lyrics go?

I remember a song called “Shotgun the Dusty Cowboy”, which went something like:

Shotgun the Dusty Cowboy
Had a very shiny gun
and if you ever saw it
you would turn around and run.

This one dusty Christmas Eve
Santa came to say
“Shotgun with your gun so bright
Won’t you shoot my wife tonight?”

I’m obviously missing a few verses…

When I was a kid in Toledo, OH, we sang a song with the same lyrics as fatdave’s song, but with the title “Randolph the Six-gun Shooter.” This was in the late 80s.

My mother taught me “Randolph the Bow-Legged Cowboy” when I was a kid, and told me that she had learned it as a schoolgirl in Plant City, FL. She’s about five years younger than samclem. That’s the only source from which I’ve ever heard the song.

Funny, I was singing that song to myself just last night.

We sang this in school in late 70s, early 80s. Lyrics as follows

(Sung to the tune of Rudolph)

Randolph the bowlegged cowboy
Had a very shiny gun
And if you ever saw it
You would drop your pants and run

All of the other cowboys
Used to laugh and call him names
They never let poor Randolph
Join in any poker games

Then there came one Saturday night
The sheriff came to say
“Randolph, with your gun so bright
Won’t you shoot my wife tonight?”

Then all the cowboys loved him
As they shouted out with glee
“Randolph the bowlegged cowboy
You’ll go down in history!”

Chuck Berry’s “Run Run Rudolph” starts with the lines:

Out of all the reindeer
You know you’re the mastermind
Run run Rudolph,
Randolph ain’t too far behind.

Would that be Randolph the Bow-Legged Cowboy? :thinking:

Sang a similar song in grade school. ‘Rudy the Red Nosed Sheriff’

It would be interesting to do a geographical plot of the variations.

Wi, 1970s. Variations from above:

Randolph the six gun shooter

You would even turn and run…

Join in any cowboy games (like strip poker!)

“You will go and hang, you’ll see!”