The Streets of Laredo

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THE STREETS OF LAREDO

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

I see by your outfit that you are a cowboy
These words he did say as I softly stepped by
Come sit down beside me and hear my sad story
I'm shot in the chest and I know I will die

Oh beat the drum slowly and play the fife lowly
Play the death march as you carry me along
Take me to the valley and lay the soil on me
For I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong

'Twas once in the saddle I used to go dashing
With no one as quick on the trigger as I
First lead to the drinking then lead to card playing
I got myself shot and today I must die

Get six of my buddies to carry my coffin
And six pretty maidens to sing me a song
Put bunches of roses all over my coffin
The roses will deaden the clods as they fall

We beat the drum slowly and played the fife lowly
We played the death march as we carried him down
For we all loved our comrade so brave young and handsome
We loved the poor cowboy although he done wrong

We beat the drum slowly and played the fife lowly
And some of us wept as we bore him along
For we all loved our comrade so brave young and handsome
We loved the young cowboy who said he'd done wrong

credits

from Headlights, released November 4, 2013
Traditional song arranged & performed by Joe Lonie
Produced and mixed by Karl Steven

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