Some flat-shoed fool from the East comes a-runnin’
With some news that he’d heard in some St. Joseph paper;
And it was “drinks all around” ’cause the news he was tellin’
Was the one they’d called Crazy
Had been caught and been dealt with.
And the Easterner he read the news from the paper;
And the old ones gathered closer so’s they could hear better;
“And It says here that Crazy Horse
Was killed while he was trying to escape;
And it was sometime last September,
And it don’t give the exact date.”
And the gold she lay cold in their pockets;
And the sun she sets down on the trees;
And they thank the Lord for the land that they live in,
Where the white man does as he pleases.
– Excerpt from Deadwood, South Dakota, as sung by Nanci Griffith.