Marty Robbins

Marty Robbins - Feleena (from El Paso) guitar chord

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Out in New Mexico, many long years ago


There in a shack on the desert, one night in a storm

Amid streaks of lightnin' and loud desert thunder


To a young Mexican couple, a baby was born

Just as the baby cried, thunder and lightnin' died

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Moon gave it's light to the world and the stars did the same


Mother and Father, both proud of the daughter

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That heaven had sent them, Feleena was this baby's name.

When she was seventeen, bothered by crazy dreams

She ran away from the shack and left them to roam

Father and Mother, both asked one another

What made her run away, what made Feleena leave home;

Tired of the desert nights, fartherly grieved to strife

She ran away late one night in the moon's golden gleam

She didn't know where she'd go, but she'd get there

And she would find happiness, if she would follow her dream.

After she ran away, she went to Sante Fe

And in the year that she stayed there she learned about life

In just a little while, she learned that with a smile

She could have pretty clothes, she could be any man's wife;

Rich men romanced her, they dined and they danced her

She understood men and she treated them all just the same

A form that was fine and rare, dark shining glossy hair

Lovely to look at Feleena was this woman's name.

Restless in Sante Fe, she had to get away

To any town where the lights had a much brighter glow

One cowboy mentioned the town of El Paso

They never stopped dancin' and money like whiskey did flow;

She bought a one-way, a ticket from Sante Fe

Three days and nights on a stage with a rest now and then

She didn't mind that, she knew she would find that

Her new life would be more exciting than where she had been.

The stage made it's last stop, up there on the mountain top

To let her see all of the lights at the foot of the hill

Her world was brighter and deep down inside her

An uncontrolled beating her young heart wouldn't be still

She got a hotel, a room at the Lily Belle

Quickly she changed to a form-fitting black satin dress

Ev'ry man stopped to stare, at this form fine and rare

Even the women remarked of the charm she possessed.

Dancin' and laughter, was what she was after

And Rosa's Cantina had lights, with love in the gleam

That's what she hunted and that's what she wanted

Rosa's was one place, a nice girl would never be seen;

It was the same way, it was back in Sante Fe

Men would make fools of themselves at the thought of romance

Rosa took heed of, the place was in need of

This kind of excitement, so she paid Feleena to dance.

A year passed and maybe more then through the swingin' doors

Came a young cowboy so tall and so handsomely dressed

This one was new in town, hadn't been seen around

He was so different, he wasn't like all of the rest;

Feleena danced close to him, then threw a rose to him

Quickly he walked to her table and there he sat down

And in a day or so, wherever folks would go

They'd see this young cowboy, showin' Feelena the town.

Six weeks he went with her, each minute spent with her

But he was insanely jealous of glances she'd give

Inside he was a-hurtin', from all of her flirtin'

That was her nature and that was the way that she lived;

She flirted one night, it started a gun-fight

And after the smoke cleared away, on the floor lay a man

Feleena's young lover, had shot down another

He had to leave there so out through the back door he ran

The next day at five o'clock, she heard a rifle shot

Quickly she ran to the door, that was facin' the pass

She saw her cowboy, her wild-ridin' cowboy

Low in the saddle, her cowboy was ridin' in fast;

She ran to meet him, to kiss and to greet him

He saw her and motioned her back, with a wave of his hand

Bullets were flyin', Feleena was cryin'

As she saw him fall from the saddle and into the sand.

Feleena knelt near him, to hold and to hear him

When she felt the warm blood

That flowed from the wound in his side

He raised to kiss her and she heard him whisper

"Never forget me - Faleena it's over, goodbye."

Quickly she grabbed for, the six-gun that he wore

And screamin' in anger and placin' the gun to her breast

Bury us both deep and maybe we'll find peace

And pullin' the trigger

She fell across the dead cowboy's chest

Out in El Paso, whenever the wind blows

If you listen closely at night, you'll hear in the wind

A woman is cryin', it's not the wind sighin'

Old timer's tell you, Feleena is callin' for him;

You'll hear them talkin' and you'll hear them walkin'

You'll hear them laugh and you'll look

But there's no one around

Don't be alarmed there is really no harm there

It's only the young cowboy, showin' Feleena the town

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