"Sweet Betsy from Pike" is an American ballad about the trials of a pioneer named Betsy and her lover Ike who migrate from Pike County (theorized to be Pike County, Missouri) to California. This Gold Rush -era song, with lyrics written by John A. Stone before 1858,  was collected and published in Carl Sandburg 's 1927 American Songbag . 
- John A. Stone
Sweet Betsy from Pike Lyrics: Oh, don't you remember / Sweet Betsy from Pike? / She crossed the wide mountains / With her lover Ike / And one yoke of oxen / And big yeller dog / A tall Shanghai ...
Now don't you remember sweet Betsy from Pike Who crossed the big mountains with her lover Ike Two yoke of oxen a big yeller dog A tall Shanghai rooster and one spotted hog One evenin' quite early they camped on the plat Down by the road on a green shady flat Where Betsy got tired and lay down to repose And Ike he just gazed on his Pike County ...
Did you ever hear tell of sweet Betsy from Pike? Who crossed the white prairies with her lover Ike With two yoke of cattle and one spotted hog a tall Shanghai rooster and an old yeller dog Toolly ...
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