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Dumb Swede

 With barbwire hooch they filled him full,
Till he was drunker than all hell,
And then they peddled him the bull
About a claim they had to sell.
A thousand bucks they made him pay, Knowing that he had nothing more, And when he begged it back next day, And wept! - they kicked him from the door.
They reckoned they were mighty slick, Them two tinhorns from Idaho; That poor dumb Swede could swing a pick, but that was all he'd ever know.
So sitting in a poker game, They lost the price for which they sold To that bonehead a poor dud claim That didn't have a speck of gold.
My story's true as gospel creed Of these bright boys from Idaho; They made a sucker of that Swede And laughed to see the poor boob go, And work like nigger on his ground, Bucked by the courage of despair .
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Till lo! A rich pay-streak he found, That made him twice a millionaire.
So two smart Alecs, mighty sick, Begged jobs at fifteen bucks a day.
Then said the Swede: "Give each a pick And let them sweat to make their pay.
" And though he don't know what it means, Folks call that Swede "magnanimous" - But picking nuggets big as beans, you oughta' hear them fellers cuss!

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