I had a friend in college who used to whip out an acoustic guitar and play this song in its entirety at just the right moment. At the time I was more impressed at my friend’s memory than I was by the song itself (we may have been in a slightly altered state…). And then years later I actually bought the album. It’s hard to beat “El Paso” for storytelling in song, but some of my other favorites from “Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs” include “Cool Water,” “A Hundred and Sixty Acres” and “Big Iron“.
Read the lyrics for “El Paso” by Marty Robbins right HERE.
S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.