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El Paso Lyrics By Marty Robbins

    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 feleena would whirl

    blacker than night were the eyes of feleena
    wicked and evil while casting her 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 feleena the girl that i love

    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

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    just for a moment
    i stood there in silence
    shocked by the foul evil deed i had done

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    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 feleena 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 feleena 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 feleena 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 and feleena goodbye

    songwriter marty robbins

    Artist: Marty Robbins

    Year: 1959

    Decade: 50s

    Language: en

    Word Count: 257