Streets Of Laredo lyrics


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Artist: Johnny Cash
Album: American Iv: The Man Comes Around



As I walked out on the streets of laredo
As I walked out on laredo one day
I spied a young cowboy wrapped in white linen
Wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay

"I can see by your outfit that you are a cowboy."
These words he did say as I boldly walked by
"Come an' sit down beside me an' hear my sad story
"I'm shot in the breast an' I know I must die."

"It was once in the saddle, I used to go dashing
"Once in the saddle, I used to go gay
"First to the card-house and then down to rose's
"But I'm shot in the breast and I'm dying today."

"Get six jolly cowboys to carry my coffin
"Six dance-hall maidens to bear up my pall
"Throw bunches of roses all over my coffin
"Roses to deaden the clods as they fall."

"Then beat the drum slowly, play the fife lowly
"Play the dead march as you carry me along
"Take me to the green valley, lay the sod o'er me
"I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong."

"Then go write a letter to my grey-haired mother
"An' tell her the cowboy that she loved has gone
"But please not one word of the man who had killed me
"Don't mention his name and his name will pass on."

When thus he had spoken, the hot sun was setting
The streets of laredo grew cold as the clay
We took the young cowboy down to the green valley
And there stands his marker, we made, to this day

We beat the drum slowly and played the fife lowly
Played the dead march as we carried him along
Down in the green valley, laid the sod o'er him
He was a young cowboy and he said he'd done wrong



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