Spanish Is the Loving Tongue

Music written by
Bill Simon
Lyrics written by
Badger Clark
Publication date
This song is often misattributed as "traditional". It originally was published as "A Border Affair" in the June, 1907 issue of "Pacific Monthly". It was republished in 1915 by Chapman & Grimes as port of a compilation of Clark's works entitled "Sun and Saddle Leather". The song ended up with several variant lyrics.

Although there is some controversy about whether Bill Simon actually composed the tune, that is the consensus at this time. Simon heard the poem, thought it would make a good song and worked out a tune while riding the range as a cowboy. Some twenty to thirty years later, somebody added a bridge to the music, which is how it is now typically played but, as with the lyrics, there is variation in the tune.