He was just a lonely cowboy with a heart so brave and true,
he learned to love a maiden with eyes of heaven's own blue.
They learned to love each other, and named their wedding day,
when a quarrel came between them, and Jack, he rode away.
He joined a band of cowboys, and tried to forget her name,
but out on the lonely prairie she waits for him the same.
One night when work was finished, just at the close of day,
someone said : "Sing a song, Jack, t'will drive those cares away."
When he reached the prairie, he found a new made mound,
his friends they sadly told him, they'd laid his loved one down.
They said as she was dying, she breathed her sweetheart's name,
and asked them with her last breath to tell him when he came.
Your sweetheart waits for you, Jack, your sweetheart waits for you
out on the lonely prairie where the skies are always blue.