El Paso by Marty Robbins lyrics and chords

El Paso is one of the most popular songs of the time. El Paso lyrics were written by a western ballad. This song has sung by Marty Robbins

SingerMarty Robbins
AlbumGunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs
Tuning E A D G B E

El Paso by lyrics:

From thirty thousand feet above
The desert floor, I see it there below
A city with a legend –
The west Texas city of El Paso
Where long ago I heard a song
About a Texas cowboy and a girl
And a little place called Rosa’s
Where he used to go and watch this beauty whirl


I don’t recall who sang the song
But I recall the story that I heard
And as I look down on the city
I remember each and ev’ry word
The singer sang about a jealous cowboy
And the way he used a gun
To kill another cowboy
Then he had to leave El Paso on the run


El Paso City, by the Rio Grande
The cowboy lived and rode away
But love was strong he couldn’t stay
He rode back just to die in that El Paso sand
El Paso City, by the Rio Grande
I try not to let you cross my mind
But still I find there’s just a mystery
In the song that I don’t understand


My mind is down there somewhere
As I fly above the badlands of New Mexico
I can’t explain why I should know
The very trail he rode back to El Paso
Can it be that man can disappear
From life and live another time
And does the mystery deepen ’cause you think
That you yourself lived in that other time


Somewhere in my deepest thoughts
Familar scenes and memories unfold
These wild and unexplained emotions
That I’ve had so long but I have never told
Like every time I fly up thru the heavens
And I see you there below
I get the feeling sometime
In another world I lived in El Paso


El Paso City, by the Rio Grande
Could it be that I could be
The cowboy in this mystery
That died there in that desert sand so long ago
El Paso City, by the Rio Grande
A voice tells me to go and see
Another voice keeps tellin’ me
Maybe death awaits me in El Paso


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.

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 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 raced 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 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 as 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 and more.

Shouting and shooting; I can’t let them catch me,

I have to make it to Rose’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 goodbye.

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