The devil was given permission one day
To make him a land in his own special way.
He put thorns on all the bushes and trees
And mixed up the sand with millions of fleas.
He scattered tarantulas along all the roads
Put spines on the cactus and horns on the toads.
He lengthened the horn of the Texas steer
And added a foot to the jackrabbit's ear.
He put three devils in every bronco steed
And poisoned the feet of the centipede.
The rattlesnake bites you, the scorpion stings,
The mosquito torments you buzzing his wings.
The heat in the summer is a hundred and ten,
Too hot for the devil and too hot for men.
And all who remained in that climate soon bore
Cuts, bites, stings, scratches and blisters galore.