Artist Marty Robbins
Album Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs
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Intro: Dbm   Ab Dbm
 
Verse:
        E                         Dbm
To the town of Agua Fria rode a stranger one fine day
        E                                                 Dbm
Hardly spoke to folks around him, didn't have too much to say
        A                                E
No one dared to ask his business, no one dared to make a slip
                                           Dbm
For the stranger there amongst them had a big iron on his hip
 A               E
Big iron on his hip
 

        E                         Dbm
It was early in the morning when he rode into the town
         E                                             Dbm
He came riding from the south side slowly lookin' all around
         A                                 E
He's an outlaw loose and running came the whisper from each lip
                                            Dbm
And he's here to do some business with the big iron on his hip
 A               E
big iron on his hip
 

         E                                Dbm
In this town there lived an outlaw by the name of Texas Red
      E                                                Dbm
Many men had tried to take him and that many men were dead
        A                             E
He was vicious and a killer though a youth of twenty-four
                                        Dbm
And the notches on his pistol numbered one an nineteen more
 A                E
One and nineteen more
 

         E                            Dbm
Now the stranger started talking, made it plain to folks around
        E                                      Dbm
Was an Arizona ranger, wouldn't be too long in town
         A                           E
He came here to take an outlaw back alive or maybe dead
                                     Dbm
And he said it didn't matter, he was after Texas Red
 A           E
After Texas Red
 

         E                          Dbm
Wasn't long before the story was relayed to Texas Red
         E                                              Dbm
But the outlaw didn't worry, men that tried before were dead
        A                            E
Twenty men had tried to take him, twenty men had made a slip
                                         Dbm
Twenty-one would be the ranger with the big iron on his hip
 A               E
Big iron on his hip
 

     E                                Dbm
The morning passed so quickly, it was time for them to meet
        E                                              Dbm
It was twenty past eleven when they walked out in the street
            A                                 E
Folks were watching from their windows, every body held their breath
                                    Dbm
They knew this handsome ranger was about to meet his death
 A                 E
About to meet his death
 

           E                                 Dbm
There was forty feet between them when they stopped to make their play
         E                                                Dbm
And the swiftness of the ranger is still talked about today
       A                                  E
Texas Red had not cleared leather for a bullet fairly ripped
                                         Dbm
And the rangers aim was deadly with the big iron on his hip
 A               E
Big iron on his hip
 

        E                         Dbm
It was over in a moment and the folks had gathered round
       E                                             Dbm
There before them lay the body of the outlaw on the ground
       A                                E
Oh he might have gone on living but he made one fatal slip
                                            Dbm
When he tried to match the ranger with the big iron on his hip
 A               E
Big iron on his hip
     Dbm        E
Big iron, Big iron
         E                                  Dbm
When he tried to match the ranger with the big iron on his hip
 A               E
Big iron on his hip
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