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Cock-eyed Charlie

Cockeyed Charlie was a legend in those California hills

And everybody heard about his stagecoach-driving skills,

They knew he cussed and chewed and he was ugly to the bone

But most folks said his driving was the best they’d ever known.

 

That California gold rush really caused some news to break

And no one will forget about that San Francisco quake,

But, ain’t much, before or since, stirred up a bigger swirl

Than when Cockeyed Charlie died and they learned he was a girl.

 

Cockeyed Charlie drove those coaches

on the narrow mountain trails,

And riders often ended up with closely bitten nails,

But Charlie’s horses helped him safely ride to Western fame,

Except the one that kicked his face and left him with that name.

 

They say young Charlotte Parkhurst knew

She'd have to change her looks,

To drive a six-horse stage into

Those Western history books.

 

Yes, that California gold rush

really caused some news to break,

And no one will forget about that San Francisco quake,

But, ain’t much, before or since, stirred up a bigger swirl

Than when Cockeyed Charlie died and they learned he was a girl.

 

No,  ain’t much, before or since, stirred up a bigger swirl

Than when Cockeyed Charlie died and they found he was a girl.

Dennis Goodwin · 583 days ago
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