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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UDU DDU is a good pattern for this

Fluffo

+1 is a lil easier

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