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  • Billy The Kid
  • I'll sing you a true song of Billy the Kid,
  • I'll sing of the desperate deeds that he did,
  • Way out in New Mexico, long long ago
  • When a man's only chance was his own 44.
  • When Billy the Kid was a very young lad
  • In the old Silver City he went to the bad
  • Way out in the West with a gun in his hand
  • At the age of twelve years he first killed his man.
  • Fair Mexican maidens play guitars and sing
  • A song about Billy, the boy bandit king
  • How ere his young manhood had reached its sad end
  • He'd a notch on his pistol for twenty-one men.
  • 'Twas on the same night when poor Billy died
  • He said to his friends: "I am not satisfied.
  • There are twenty-one men I have put bullets through
  • And sheriff Pat Garrett must make twenty-two."
  • Now this is how Billy the Kid met his fate,
  • The bright moon was shining, the hour was late
  • Shot down by Pat Garrett, who once was his friend
  • The young outlaw's life had now come to its end.
  • There's many a man with a face fine and fair
  • Who starts out in life with a chance to be square,
  • But just like poor Billy he wanders astray
  • And loses his life in the very same way.
  • Note: This song -- a pretty good one, I think -- is remembered
  • mainly because Woody Guthrie used the tune for the verse of So
  • Long, It's Been Good to Know You.
  • From Lomax-Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads
  • @cowboy @outlaw
  • filename[ BILLYKID
  • play.exe BILLYKID
  • RG
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