Old Red-crd Marty Robbins
V1: [D] Old Red was one of the [G] orn'-ry-est yet
I'd [D] seen at the big rode-[A7] o
He'd [D] bite you and kick you and [G] stomp out your life
[A7] Old Red had never been [D] rode.
V2: [D] Meaner than sin - [G] wild as the wind
That [D] blew on the Montana [A7] plains
[D] Old Red was one of the [G] last of his breed
Was-[A7] n't about to be [D] tamed.
V3: [G] From Idaho - a [D] young cowboy came
To [A7] ride in the big rode-[D] o
The young cowboy's [G] name was [D] Billy McLane
And [A7] Billy had never been [D] throwed.
V4: [D] The greatest de-[G] sire filled [D] young Billy's heart
To [A7] ride this old outlaw called [D] Red
He drew him one [G] day and I [D] heard Billy say
"I'll [A7] ride 'im or drop over [D] dead."
V5: [D] Old Red was [G] wicked down [D] there in the chute
He was [A7] kickin' and stompin' a-[D] bout
Billy climbed [G] into the [D] saddle with ease
Then [A7] yelled: "Turn 'im loose - let us [D] out."
V6: [G] Old Red came out with his [D] head on the ground
His [A7] back hooves were touchin' his [D] nose
Tryin' to get [G] rid of the [D] man on his back
But the [A7] man went wherever he'd [D] go.
V7: Billy was rakin' Old Red with his spurs
>From his tail - to the tip of his chin
He was doin' right well - but Billy could tell
This outlaw would never give in.
V8: Old Red was runnin' straight for the fence
Suddenly stoppin' and then
He reared on his hind legs and fell on his back
Takin' poor Billy with him.
V9: There was a hush in the crowd and they knew
This would be Billy's last ride
The saddle horn crushed Billy's chest when they fell
And under Old Red Billy died.
V10: Old Red lay still - no more would he move
The cowboys that seen it - could tell
In tryin' to throw Billy off of his back
Old Red broke his neck when he fell.
V11: Out in the west - is the place where they rest
This cowboy that never was throwed
And one foot away - resting there 'neath the clay
Is the - outlaw -- that -- never --- was --- rode.
Note. Verses 1 and 2 have the same melody/chords.
(But the chords are different for Verses 4, 5, 7, 8 & 10)
Verses 3, 6, 9 and 11 have the same melody/chords.
Verses 4, 5, 7, 8, and 10 have the same melody/chords.
(And have the same melody as the last two lines Verse 3)
Source: Marty Robbins - Return of the Gunfighter
Columbia Records CS 8872