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Marty Robbins Shines In Rare Live Performance Of 'El Paso'

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During a four-decade long career, Marty Robbins became one of the most well known and successful country western singers of all time. His legacy has continued through memory, but nothing can top the live footage that was captured during his time in the spotlight. 

After serving in the U.S. military, Robbins began chasing his dreams in entertainment. Playing venues in his hometown of Pheonix, and hosting his own show before performing on the Grand Ole Opry stage. But Robbins wasn't just musically talented, he was an avid race car driver and competed in 35 career NASCAR races with six top-10 finishes. 

"El Paso" was perhaps one of Robbins most memorable western ballads, first released on Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs in 1959. The single hit #1 on both pop and country charts, and won the Grammy for Best Country Western Recording in 1961. As one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time, the chances are high that you've heard this catchy, Tex-Mex tune! 

Watch this rare live performance of Marty Robbins singing the classic, "El Paso"


Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
I fell in love with a Mexican girl
Nighttime would find me in Rosa's cantina
Music would play and Felina would whirl

Blacker than night were the eyes of Felina
Wicked and evil while casting a spell
My love was deep for this Mexican maiden
I was in love but in vain, I could tell

One night a wild young cowboy came in
Wild as the West Texas wind
Dashing and daring, a drink he was sharing
With wicked Felina, the girl that I loved

So in anger I
Challenged his right for the love of this maiden
Down went his hand for the gun that he wore
My challenge was answered in less than a heartbeat
The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor

Just for a moment I stood there in silence
Shocked by the foul evil deed I had done
Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there
I had but one chance and that was to run

Out through the back door of Rosa's I ran
Out where the horses were tied
I caught a good one, it looked like it could run
Up on its back and away I did ride

Just as fast as I
Could from the West Texas town of El Paso
Out to the badlands of New Mexico

Back in El Paso my life would be worthless
Everything's gone in life; nothing is left
It's been so long since I've seen the young maiden
My love is stronger than my fear of death

I saddled up and away I did go
Riding alone in the dark
Maybe tomorrow, a bullet may find me
Tonight nothing's worse than this pain in my heart

And at last here I
Am on the hill overlooking El Paso
I can see Rosa's cantina below
My love is strong and it pushes me onward
Down off the hill to Felina I go

Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys
Off to my left ride a dozen or more
Shouting and shooting, I can't let them catch me
I have to make it to Rosa's back door

Something is dreadfully wrong for I feel
A deep burning pain in my side
Though I am trying to stay in the saddle
I'm getting weary, unable to ride

But my love for
Felina is strong and I rise where I've fallen
Though I am weary I can't stop to rest
I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle
I feel the bullet go deep in my chest

From out of nowhere Felina has found me
Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my side
Cradled by two loving arms that I'll die for
One little kiss and Felina, goodbye

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