Sweet Betsy got up in a great deal of pain Declared she'd go back to Pike County again But Ike heaved a sigh, and they fondly embraced And they traveled along with his arm 'round her waist. They swam the wide rivers and climbed the tall peaks And camped on the prairies for weeks upon weeks Starvation and cholera, hard work and slaughter They reached California spite of hell and high water. That morning they stood on a very high hill And with wonder looked down into old Placerville Ike shouted and said, as he cast his eyes down "Sweet Betsy, my darling, we've got to Hangtown".
This Pike County couple got married, of course But Ike became jealous, obtained a divorce And Betsy, well satisfied, said with a shout "Goodbye, you big lummox, I'm glad you backed out".
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