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Desert Pete:The Kingston Trio.
#33 on BB Hot 100 on CAPITOL Records
in 1963.




INTRO: E

#1.
E                                      A               E
I was travelin' west of Buckskin on my way to a cattle run.
A                     E              D              E
Cross a little cactus desert under a hot blisterin' sun.
E                                             A
I was thirsty down to my toenails, stopped to rest me on a 
E
stump.
      A                       E                 D
But I tell ya I just couldn't believe it when I saw that water 
E
pump.
E                                        A              E
I took it to be a mirage at first, it'll fool a thirsty man.
A      D     E               B             E
Then I saw a note stuck in a bakin' powder can.
 E                                          A        
'This pump is old' the note began, 'but she works so give'er 
   E
 a try.'
  A                E                      D                E
I put a new sucker washer in 'er, you may find the leather dry.'


CHORUS:
              B                             A           E
You've got to prime the pump, you must have faith and believe.
              B                             A         E
You've got to give of yourself 'fore you're worthy to receive.
              A             E               Ab              A
Drink all the water you can hold, wash your face, cool your feet.
              E               Dbm               A       B      E
But leave the bottle full for others, thank you kindly, Desert Pete.


#2.
E                                              A
Yeah, you'll have to prime the pump, work that handle like there's 
  E
a fire.
           A           E                 B                 E
Under that rock you'll find some water I left in a bitters jar.
E                                            A
Now, there's just enough to prime it with so dont'cha go drinkin' 
E
first.
                                       B
You just pour it in and pump like mad, buddy, you'll quench your 
E
thirst.


CHORUS:
              B                             A           E
You've got to prime the pump, you must have faith and believe.
              B                             A         E
You've got to give of yourself 'fore you're worthy to receive.
              A             E               Ab              A
Drink all the water you can hold, wash your face, cool your feet.
              E               Dbm               A       B      E
But leave the bottle full for others, thank you kindly, Desert Pete.

#3.
E                                                      A
Well, I found that jar and I tell ya, nothin' was ever prettier 
      E
to my eye.
          A                                      E
And I was tempted strong to drink it, cause that pump looked 

mighty dry.
E                                                    A
But the note went on, 'have faith my friend, there's water down 
E
below.'
A             B              E                    B        E
You've got to give until you get..I'm the one who ought to know.
E                                                   A
So, I poured in the jar and I started pumpin' and I heard a beautiful 
E        A                  E            B                      E
sound of water bubblin' and splashin' up outta that hole in the ground.
E                                               A               E
I took off my shoes and I drunk my fill of that cool refreshing treat.
  A                  B                    E
I thank the Lord and thank the pump and I thank old desert Pete.


CHORUS:
              B                             A           E
You've got to prime the pump, you must have faith and believe.
              B                             A         E
You've got to give of yourself 'fore you're worthy to receive.
              A             E               Ab              A
Drink all the water you can hold, wash your face, cool your feet.
              E               Dbm               A       B      E
But leave the bottle full for others, thank you kindly, Desert Pete.


OUTRO:
              A             E               Ab              A
Drink all the water you can hold, wash your face, cool your feet.
              E               Dbm               A       B      E
But leave the bottle full for others, thank you kindly, Desert Pete.




A sixties smash from Kraziekhat.


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