Thursday, February 17, 2011

El Paso - Marty Robbins

Today, I spent some time while driving between patients thinking about what makes me happy. This song, "El Paso," by Marty Robbins always puts a smile on my face. I absolutely love it. I know it's weird, but I can't help it. :D I wanted to share it with you guys in hopes that it might make you smile.

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-bye.


  1. I have a confession. I love Marty Robbins! I grew up listening to him with my dad. I have this song and others on my iPod. :-)

  2. I have it on my Zune as well. I just love this song and it never fails to put a smile on my face.

    I embarrassed my hubby one time in a Mexican Rest. There was a older man there playing the guitar and singing for the patrons. Of course, I had had probably one too many marg. and was a little tipsy. hehe

    He started playing El Paso and I just about trip over myself trying to get to him to tell him how great he was.

    My hubby had to drag me away from the poor guy. He took it in stride tho and thanked me with a smile.

    I don't think I will ever forget that and I should be embarrassed as well, but nah. The guy really did a wonderful job with the song. :D

  3. LOL, this song brings back memories of parties that my parents would throw. It does make me smile. ;)peace