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El Paso (TAB)  Marty Robbins




1.  [D]Out in the West Texas [Em]town of El Paso
    [A7]I fell in love with a Mexican [D]girl.
    Nighttime would find me in [Em]Rosa's Cantina,
    [A7]Music would play and Felina would [D]whirl.

2.  [D]Blacker than night were the [Em]eyes of Felina,
    [A7]Wicked and evil while casting a [D]spell.
    My love was strong for this [Em]Mexican maiden,
    [A7]I was in love, but in vain I could [D]tell.
Chorus 1
    [G]One night a wild young [D]cowboy came [G]in,
    Wild as the West Texas [D]wind...[D7]
    [D7]Dashing and daring, a drink he was sharing,
    With wicked Felina, the girl that I [G]love.
    So in [A7]anger

3. I [D]challenged his right for the [Em]love of this maiden;
   [A7]Down went his hand for the gun that he [D]wore.
   My challenge was answered, in [Em]less than a heartbeat
   The [A7]handsome young stranger lay dead on the [D]floor.

4. [D]Just for a moment I [Em]stood there in silence,
   [A7]Shocked by the foul evil deed I had [D]done.
   Many thoughts ran through my [Em]mind as I stood there;
   [A7]I had but one chance and that was to [D]run.
Chorus 2

    [G]Out through the back door of [D]Rosa's I [G]ran,
    Out where the horses were [D]tied...[D7]
    [D7]I caught a good one; he looked like he could run,
    Up on his back and away I did [G]ride.
    Just as [A7]fast as

5. I [D]could from the West Texas [Em]town of El Paso,
   [A7]Out thru the badlands of New Mexi[D]co.
   Back in El Paso my [Em]life would be worthless;
   [A7]Everything's gone in life nothing is [D]left.
6. [D]But it's been so long since I've [Em]seen the young maiden,
   [A7]My love is stronger than my fear of [D]death.
(Nothing's missing. It really is only half a verse.)

Chorus 3

    [G]I saddled up and [D]away I did [G]go,
    Riding alone in the [D]dark...[D7]
    [D7]Maybe tomorrow a bullet may find me,
    Tonight nothing's worse than this pain in my [G]heart.
    And as [A7]last here

7. I [D]am on the hill over[Em]looking El Paso,
   [A7]I can see Rosa's Cantina [D]below.
   My love is strong and it [Em]pushes me onward,
   [A7]Down off the hill to Felina I [D]go.
8. [D]Off to my right I see [Em]five mounted cowboys,
   [A7]Off to my left ride a dozen or [D]more.
   Shouting and shooting; I [Em]can't let them catch me,
   [A7]I've got to make it to Rosa's back [D]door.
Chorus 4

    [G]Something is dreadfully [D]wrong for I [G]feel
    A deep burning pain in my [D]side...[D7]
    [D7]It's getting harder to stay in the saddle.
    I'm getting weary, unable to [G]ride.
    But my [A7]love for

9. [D]Felina is strong and I [Em]rise where I've fallen;
   [A7]Though I am weary, I can't stop to [D]rest.
   I see the white puff of [Em]smoke from the rifle,
   [A7]I feel the bullet go deep in my [D]chest.
10.[D]From out of nowhere, [Em]Felina has found me,
   [A7]Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my [D]side.
   Cradled by two loving [Em]arms that I'll die for,
   [A7]One little kiss and Felina good[D]bye.

I'd suggest playing A7 as (x02223). Alternate bass notes on beats one
and four throughout the verses. You might want to try Dsus2 (xx0230)
in place of the D in the first line of the chorus.

Intro and chords added and minor spelling corrections by PatrolCaptain

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