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Red Headed Stranger-lyr   Willie Nelson

Subject: Re: Red Headed Stranger

Yes, "Time Of The Preacher" *is* on the "Red Headed Stranger" album, but 
so is the title cut, which I believe is what the poster is asking about.  
The song is actually in two parts.  There is a medley of "Blue Rock 
Montana/Red Headed Stranger", and then the song "Red Headed Stranger".  
Here's the whole story :

He rode into Blue Rock, dusty and tired
And he got him a room for the night
And he lay there in silence, too much on his mind
Still hopin' that he was not right

But he found them that evening, at a tavern in town
A quiet little out-of-the-way place
And they smiled at each other, when he walked through the door
And they died with their smiles on their faces
And they died with a smile on their face

So don't cross him, and don't boss him
'Cause he's wild in his sorrow
And he's right and he's hidin' his pain
Don't fight him, and don't spite him
Just wait 'til tomorrow
Maybe he'll ride on again

Now the red-headed stranger, from Blue Rock, Montana
Rode into town one day
And under his knees was a raging black stallion
And walkin' behind was a bay
And the red-headed stranger had eyes like the thunder
And lips that were sad and tight
And his little lost love lay asleep on the hillside
And his heart was heavy as night

(Repeat chorus)

Now the yellow-haired lady leaned out of her window
And watched as he passed her way
And she drew back in fear at the sight of the stallion
But cast greedy eyes on the bay
But how could she know that the dancin' bay pony
Meant more to him than life
For this was the horse that his little lost darlin'
Had ridden when she was his wife

(Repeat chorus)

Now the yellow-haired lady went down to the tavern
And looked up the stranger there
And he bought her a drink, and he gave her some money
But he just didn't seem to care
And she followed him out as he saddled his stallion
And laughed when she grabbed at the bay
And he shot her so quick, they had no time to warn her
And she never heard anyone say:

(Repeat chorus)

The yellow-haired lady was buried at sunset
The stranger went free, of course
For you can't hang a man for killin' a woman
Who's tryin' to steal your horse
Now this is the tale of the red-headed stranger
And if he should pass your way
Stay out of the path of the raging black stallion
And don't lay a hand on the bay

(Repeat chorus)

(Written by C. Stutz and E. Lindeman)


Bob Marshall                      \\  Marshall's Theorem : 
Lockheed Missiles & Space Co.      \\   
Sunnyvale, CA                       \\  2 + 2 approximately equals 5 for           \\   large values of 2   
"I tell the truth 'cept when I lie"   \\

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