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El Paso
Grateful Dead Lyrics

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso I fell in love with a Mexican girl
Nighttime would find me in Rose's Cantina
Music would play and Felina would whirl

Black as the night were the eyes of Felina
Wicked and evil while casting a spell
My love was strong 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 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

Just for a moment I stood there in silence
Shocked by the foul evil deed I had done
Many thoughts ran through my mind as I stood there
I had but one chance and that was to run

Out through the back door of Rose's I ran, out where the horses were tied
I picked a good one; he looked like he could run
Up on his back and away I did ride

Just as fast as I could from the West Texas town of El Paso
Out through the badlands of New Mexico
Back in El Paso my life would be worthless
Everything's gone in life nothing is left

But it's been so long since I've seen the young maiden
My love is stronger that 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 Rose'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've got to make it to Rose's back door

Something is dreadfully wrong for I feel a deep burning pain in my side
It's getting harder 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 and Felina good-bye

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Marty Robbins

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My dad always listened to this when I was a kid. He passed away when I was 13. I’m 17 now, and I love this song even more

She Eil

@swamp thang Marty Robbins wrote and sang this song and it's his signature song. Marty Robbins voice is by far the most unique voice in Country Music.

swamp thang

Same here I lost my dad 47 years ago and he used to play the Marty Robbins version... great song....


@TMWSITY I appreciate that. Thank you


iron shark Thank you for saying that

iron shark

So sorry for your loss

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Great cover by the Grateful Dead. Marty is a national treasure; he never wrote a bad song.


Love me.some.marty robbins


To that I agree

milky licker

My love is stronger than my fear of death... love that line

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