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Lyrics by: Billy Edd Wheeler
# Debut Chart
33 Aug '63 Hot 100

Lyrics

I was travellin' West a buckskin' on my way to a cattle run Cross a little cactus desert under a hot blisterin' sun I was thirsty down to my toenails, stopped to rest me on a stump But I tell ya I just couldn't believe it when I saw that water pump I took it to be a mirage at first, it'll fool a thirsty man Then I saw a note stuck in a bakin' powder can This pump is old, the note began, but she works so giver a try I put a new sucker washer in er, you may find the leather dry


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You've got to prime the pump, you must have faith and believe You've got to give of yourself fore you're worthy to receive Drink all the water you can hold, wash your face, cool your feet Leave the bottle full for others, Thank You kindly, Desert Pete Yeah, you'll have to prime the pump, work that handle like there's a fire Under that rock you'll find some water I left in a bitters jar Now there's just enough to prime it with so don'tcha go drinkin' first You just pour it in and pump like mad, buddy, you'll quench your thirst You've got to prime the pump, you must have faith and believe You've got to give of yourself fore you're worthy to receive Drink all the water you can hold, wash your face, cool your feet Leave the bottle full for others, Thank You kindly, Desert Pete Well I found that jar and I tell ya nothin' was ever prettier to my eye And I was tempted strong to drink it, cuz that pump looked mighty dry But the note went on have faith my friend, there's water down below You got to give until you getIm the one who ought to know So I poured in the jar and I started pumpin' and I heard a beautiful sound Of water bubblin' and splashin' up outta that hole in the ground I took off my shoes and I drunk my fill of that cool refreshing treat I thank the Lord and thank the pump and I thank old Desert Pete You've got to prime the pump, you must have faith and believe You've got to give of yourself fore you're worthy to receive Drink all the water you can hold, wash your face, cool your feet Leave the bottle full for others, Thank You kindly, Desert Pete Drink all the water you can hold, wash your face, cool your feet Leave the bottle full for others, Thank You kindly, Desert Pete

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