• Song:

    El Paso

  • Artist:

    Old 97's

  • Album:

    The Best of Old 97's

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D                     Em 
Out in the West Texas town of El Paso  
A                             D 
I fell in love with a Mexican girl 
Nighttime would find me in Rose's Cantina 
A                                 D 
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 strong for this Mexican maiden 

I was in love, but in vain I could tell 
Chorus 1: 
G                      D           G 
One night a wild young cowboy came in 
            D          D7 
Wild as the West Texas wind 
Dashing and daring, a drink he was sharing 
D7                                  G 
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 
Chorus 2: 
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 his back and away I did ride 
Just as fast as  
I could from the West Texas town of El Paso 
Out thru the badlands of New Mexico 
Guitar solo 
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 that my fear of death. 
Chorus 3: 
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 
Chorus 4: 
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 goodbye
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