Marty Robbins

El Paso

Marty Robbins

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El Paso

Written by Marty Robbins

Key:  D More
El Paso Key AA
El Paso Key A#A#
El Paso Key BB
El Paso Key CC(one step down)
El Paso Key C#C#(half step down)
El Paso Key DD(original key)
El Paso Key D#D#(half step up)
El Paso Key EE(one step up)
El Paso Key FF
El Paso Key F#F#
El Paso Key GG
El Paso Key G#G#
	  		D                     Em 
Out in the West Texas town of El Paso 
A7                            D 
I fell in love with a Mexican girl. 
Nighttime would find me in Rose's Cantina, 
A7                                D 
Music would play and Felina would whirl. 

D                           Em 
Blacker than night were the eyes of Felina, 
A7                              D 
Wicked and evil while casting a spell. 
My love was deep for this Mexican maiden, 
A7                                 D 
I was in love, but in vain I could tell. 

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 

D                              Em 
I challenged his right for the love of this maiden; 
A7                                     D 
Down went his hand for the gun that he wore. 
My challenge was answered, in less than a heartbeat 
A7                                          D 
The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor. 

D                   Em 
Just for a moment I stood there in silence, 
A7                                  D 
Shocked by the foul evil deed I had done. 
Many thoughts ran through my mind as I stood there; 
A7                                   D 
I had but one chance and that was to run. 

G                            D         G 
Out through the back door of Rose's I ran, 
              D           D7 
Out where the horses were tied. 
I caught a good one; it looked like it could run, 
D7                            G 
Up on its back and away I did ride. 
Just as fast as 

D                           Em 
I could from the West Texas town of El Paso, 
A7                             D 
Out to the badlands of New Mexico. 
Back in El Paso my life would be worthless; 
A7                                   D 
Everything's gone in life nothing is left. 

D                            Em 
It's been so long since I've seen the young maiden, 
A7                                  D 
My love is stronger that my fear of death. 

G                  D        G 
I saddled up and away I did go, 
         D          D7 
Riding alone in the dark. 
Maybe tomorrow a bullet may find me, 
D7                                           G 
Tonight nothing's worse than this pain in my heart. 
And as last here 

  D                  Em 
I am on the hill overlooking El Paso, 
A7                         D 
I can see Rose's Cantina below. 
My love is strong and it pushes me onward, 
A7                            D 
Down off the hill to Felina I go. 

D                     Em 
Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys, 
A7                    D 
Off to my left ride a dozen and more. 
Shouting and shooting; I can't let them catch me, 
A7                                D 
I have to make it to Rose's back door. 

G                       D           G 
Something is dreadfully wrong for I feel 
  D            D7 
A deep burning pain in my side. 
Though I am trying to stay in the saddle. 
D7                           G 
I'm getting weary, unable to ride. 
But my love for 

D                      Em 
Felina is strong and I rise where I've fallen; 
A7                                 D 
Though I am weary, I can't stop to rest. 
I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle, 
A7                              D 
I feel the bullet go deep in my chest. 

D                       Em 
From out of nowhere, Felina has found me, 
A7                                   D 
Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my side. 
Cradled by two loving arms that I'll die for, 
A7                             D 
One little kiss and Felina goodbye. 

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