Streets Of Laredo

Misc. Cowboy

STREETS OF LAREDO Traditional This version was copyrighted in 1969 by Lewis Music Publishing Co., Inc. 39 West 60th Street, New York, NY
(Tune is similar to an Irish Ballad called "A Handful of Laurel")
1. (F) As I walked (C7) out in the (F) streets of La (C7)redo As (F6) I walked (C7) out in La (G7) redo one (C7) day I (F) spied a poor (C7) cowboy all (F) wrapped in white (C7) linen All (F) wrapped in white (Bflat) linen (Bflat/min6) as (C7) cold as the (F) clay
2. I see by your outfit that you are a cowboy These words he did say as I calmly walked by Come sit down beside me and hear my sad story I'm shot in the breast and I know I must die
3. It was once in the saddle I used to go dashing With no one as quick on the trigger as I I sat in a card-game in back of a barroom Got shot in the back and today I must die
4. Get six of my buddies to carry my coffin And six pretty maidens to sing me a song
Take me to the valley and lay the sod o er me For I m a young cowboy who played the game wrong
5. Oh beat the drum slowly and play the fife lowly And play the deaf march as they carry my pall Put bunches of roses all over my coffin The roses will deaden the clods as they fall
6. So gather around you a crowd of young cowboys And tell them the story of this my sad fate Tell one and the other before they go further To stop their wild roving before its too late
7. Go fetch me a cup, just a cup of cold water To cool my parched lips, the cowboy then said Before I returned, his brave spirit had left him And gone to his maker the cowboy was dead
I cannot remember what verses were used by Mary Robbins so guess you can pick and choose.
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