From the YouTube Music Archives XXXV: Marty Robbins

From the album “Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs”, here are a couple of versions of the Robbins’ most well known song, a 1960 Version and then the more well know version from 1965. He also wrote the song Singing the Blues, which I guess turned out to be a huge hit for someone named Guy Mitchell. Other favorite Marty Robbins songs of mine are Battle of the Alamo, Time Goes By, and I Can’t Quit. If he can’t quit, then he could always sing I Couldn’t Keep From Crying, and those readers who may just want to cut the country crap will nevertheless enjoy singing along to Devil Woman (lyrics supplied below). There’s a great version of The Story Of My Life from a TV show in the 1970s, and a concert version of A White Sport Coat that features an ‘Elvis’ Marty that is especially fun to watch. If you have any doubt about Robbins’ influence as a performer and songwriter, here’s a version of that most popular song by The Grateful Dead and a recent tribute by Pete Townshend called God Speaks Of Marty Robbins, which has the beautiful lines, I heard the heavens sing / Predicting Marty Robbins / I knew I’d find / Music and time / Were the perfect plan … well, there’s plenty more where these came from.

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso / I fell in love with a Mexican girl. / Night-time 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 heart-beat / 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 bad-lands 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 and Felina, good-by


  1. Rufus McCain says

    And then there was your own tribute at the last Korrektiv Summit, Quin. Alas, not yet available on YouTube.

  2. angelmeg says

    YOu guys sing at the summits too?

    Geez, invite the groupie next time why don’tcha? I am sure IC is feeling as left out as I am.

    (well I could probably live without the cigar smoking actually.) But I have been known to tell an off color joke or two in my day, just ask mrangelmeg.

  3. Henri Young says

    Actually, cigar smoking isn’t permitted in Washington State, so we’re reduced to drinking, singing and driving.

    You are most welcome to this irregular event.

  4. Rufus McCain says

    But we’ll be holding the next one at Lickona’s house in SoCal, so we can smoke the cigars poolside while the groupie girls play tether ball and badminton — after a day of surfing.

  5. Henri Young says

    All depends on the warden. I’ll do my little pied piper style dance.

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