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Watch Marty Robbins’ Iconic No. 1 Hit song “El Paso” (Live Performance)

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Journey in to country memory lane with this wonderful live performance of Marty Robbins of his best-known song of all times, “El Paso.” Marty Robbins wrote this western ballad and was first released on Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs in September 1959. It was released as a single the following month, and became a major hit on both the country and pop music charts, reaching No. 1 in both at the start of 1960. It won the Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording in 1961, and remains Robbins’ best-known song.

Marty Robbins was an American country and western singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. Best known for his hits ‘El Paso,’ ‘My Woman, My Woman, My Wife’ and ‘Among My Souvenirs,’ he had been a successful singer for almost four decades. The single ‘I’ll Go on Alone’ became his first No. 1 country song and ‘El Paso,’ which earned him a Grammy Award, was one of his signature songs. He learnt to play the guitar on his own while he was serving in the U.S. Navy during the World War II. He pursued a full-time career in music after the war ended, starting with his own radio program called ‘Chuck Wagon Time’ and his own local TV show, ‘Western Caravan.’ The recipient of two Grammy Awards, Robbins had recorded more than 500 songs and 60 albums. He had scored at least one hit song each year for 19 consecutive years.

El Paso Lyrics

Marty Robbins

Out In The West Texas Town Of El Paso
I Fell In Love With A Mexican Girl
Nighttime 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 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 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 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 Will 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

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Marty Robbins

El Paso lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Int. Mgb Ltd., Unichappell Music Inc., Mariposa Music, Elvis Presley Music, Inc., Mariposa Music, Inc., Acuff Rose Music, Inc., Mariposa Music Inc

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