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Marty Robbins - El Paso City

El Paso City would arrive at number # 1 on the lists of US Hot Country Songs, for two weeks in a row and it stayed 11 weeks on the list. The song would be part of Marty’s forty-second studio album, El Paso City (Columbia 1976).

El Paso City

Song written and recorded by Marty Robbins, on January 26, 1976, for the Columbia label, with the production of Billy Sherrill, was released on March 19, 1976. On June 19, 1976, El Paso City would arrive at number # 1 on the lists of US Hot Country Songs, for two weeks in a row and it stayed 11 weeks on the list, and on June 26, 1976, it would do the same on the lists of Canadian RPM Country Tracks also arriving at number # 1. It was the fifteenth number one and penultimate of the Marty Robbins race.

 

The song would be part of Marty’s forty-second studio album, El Paso City (Columbia 1976), on the US Top Country albums charts, it reached number # 1.

Robbins wrote “El Paso City” while flying over El Paso, Texas, in, reported, the same amount of time it takes to sing, four minutes and 14 seconds. It was the second time that happened to him; the first time was when he composed El Paso, recorded on April 7, 1959, for the Columbia label, which reached number # 1, on December 21, 1959, for seven consecutive weeks.

 

In “El Paso City,” the main character is a passenger on a plane over El Paso and he is forced to remember the song he heard a long time ago (“El Paso”). He does not remember the man who sang “El Paso”, but immediately detects a supernatural connection with the story. He asks himself: “It could be that I could be the cowherd in this mystery,” suggesting a past life.

 

Some versions:

 

Del Kacher 1976 (Hi Hat Records) Instrumental

Blazing Saddles 1981 (Wild Dog records)

Wayne Horsburgh 2010 (Rotation Records)

Andy Lee Lang 2015 (Gabriel Music)

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Marty Robbins – El Paso City Lyrics

 

From thirty thousand feet above

The desert floor, I see it there below

A city with a legend –

The west Texas city of El Paso

Where long ago I heard a song

About a Texas cowboy and a girl

And a little place called Rosa’s

Where he used to go and watch this beauty whirl.

 

I don’t recall who sang the song

But I recall the story that I heard

And as I look down on the city,

I remember each and ev’ry word

The singer sang about a jealous cowboy

And the way he used a gun

To kill another cowboy

Then he had to leave El Paso on the run.

 

El Paso City, by the Rio Grande

The cowboy lived and rode away

But love was strong he couldn’t stay

He rode back just to die in that El Paso sand

El Paso City, by the Rio Grande

I try not to let you cross my mind

But still I find there’s just a mystery

In the song that I don’t understand.

 

My mind is down there somewhere

As I fly above the badlands of New Mexico

I can’t explain why I should know

The very trail he rode back to El Paso

Can it be that man can disappear

From life and live another time

And does the mystery deepen ’cause you think

That you yourself lived in that other time.

 

Somewhere in my deepest thoughts

Familar scenes and memories unfold

These wild and unexplained emotions

That I’ve had so long but I have never told

Like every time I fly up thru the heavens

And I see you there below

I get the feeling sometime

In another world I lived in El Paso.

 

El Paso City, by the Rio Grande

Could it be that I could be

The cowboy in this mystery

That died there in that desert sand so long ago

El Paso City, by the Rio Grande

A voice tells me to go and see

Another voice keeps tellin’ me

Maybe death awaits me in El Paso



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