Skip to comments.El Paso-- by Marty Robbins (1960)
Posted on 08/30/2017 3:00:18 PM PDT by Greetings_Puny_Humans
This is an old song, but very good. I've been marathoning Marty Robbins the entire time the storm has been hitting us here in Texas. A Texas themed Marty Robbins song feels appropriate.
Click the link above to listen on YouTube.
The album cover:
My favorite version of this would have to be Grateful Dead’s return after Jerry’s coma. It was the second night, I think, in December of ‘86..
I’ve had that record album, then cassette, and now CD for over 40 years.
It was at a Johnny Cash concert in Norfolk that I got to see and hear the musician who provided the guitar work in “El Paso.” Wow, was he good.
First thing any visitor to El Paso does, is ask where “Rosa’s Cantina” is.
Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
I fell in love with a Mexican girl
Nighttime would find me in Rosa’s cantina
Music would play and Felina would whirl
Blacker than night were the eyes of Felina
Wicked and evil while casting a spell
My love was deep for this Mexican maiden
I was in love, but in vain I could tell
One night a wild young cowboy came in
Wild as the West Texas wind
Dashing and daring, a drink he was sharing
With wicked Felina, the girl that I loved
So in anger I challenged his right for the love of this maiden
Down went his hand for the gun that he wore
My challenge was answered in less than a heartbeat
The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor
Just for a moment I stood there In silence
Shocked by the foul evil deed I had done
Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there
I had but one chance and that was to run
Out through the back door of Rosa’s I ran
Out where the horses were tied
I caught a good one, it looked like it could run
Up on its back and away I did ride
Just as fast as I could from the West Texas town of El Paso
Out to the badlands of New Mexico
Back in El Paso my life would be worthless
Everything’s gone, in life nothing is left
It’s been so long since I’ve seen the young maiden
My love is stronger than my fear of death
I saddled up and away I did go
Riding alone in the dark
Maybe tomorrow a bullet may find me
Tonight nothing’s worse than this pain in my heart
And at last here I am on the hill overlooking El Paso
I can see Rosa’s Cantina below
My love is strong and it pushes me onward
Down off the hill to Felina I go
Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys
Off to my left ride a dozen or more
Shouting and shooting, I can’t let them catch me
I have to make it to Rosa’s back door
Something is dreadfully wrong, for I feel
A deep burning pain in my side
Though I am trying to stay in the saddle
I’m getting weary, unable to ride
But my love for Felina is strong and I rise where I’ve fallen
Though I am weary, I can’t stop to rest
I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle
I feel the bullet go deep in my chest
From out of nowhere Felina has found me
Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my side
Cradled by two loving arms that I’ll die for
One little kiss, then Felina good-bye
Sweeet! Can you give me a link to learn how to do that?
It took me like 2 years to learn how to do italics and post pictures LOL.
Marty Robbins - Big Iron (Fallout New Vegas)
El Paso City - Marty Robbins
I created a DOS batch file — let me see if I can FRmail to you (can they do attachments?)
I’ll see what I can do
I’ve been practicing “La Paloma” by Marty Robbins for “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent”.
“El Paso” is one of the great songs of all time. Musically, lyrically, everything.
Likewise, the first thing to ask while visiting the Alamo, is...
Very soft, beautiful song. Hope you win!
It’s truly a phenomenal work! I can listen to it endlessly
Dead’s version is one of my favorites.
Not a country western dude but I absolutely love that song. Thanks for posting!
For those of you who like gunfighter ballads and trail songs check out Frankie Laine’s (Rawhide singer) album ON THE TRAIL.
Every bit as good as Marty’s stuff...
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