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Streets of Laredo

As I walked 5 out in the 1 streets of La 5 redo
As 1 I walked 4 out in La 1 redo one 5 day
I 1 spied a young 5 cowboy wrapped 1 up in white 5 linen
All 1 wrapped in white 4 linen and 5 cold as the 1 clay

I see by your outfit that you are a cowboy
These words he did say as I boldly stepped by
Come sit down beside me and hear my sad story
Got shot in the breast and I know I must die

Twas once in the saddle I used to go dashing
'Twas once in the saddle I used to go gay
'Twas first to go drinking, and then to card playing
Got shot in the breast and I'm dying today

Get six jolly cowboys to carry my coffin
Get six pretty maidens to carry my pall
Put bunches of roses all over my coffin
Roses to deaden the clods as they fall

Oh, beat the drum slowly and play the fife lowly
Play the death march as you carry me along
Take me to the graveyard and lay the sod o'er me
For I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong

We beat the drum slowly and played the fife lowly
And bitterly wept as we bore him along
For we loved our comrade, so brave, young & handsome
We all loved our comrade although he'd done wrong

A song from the The ToneWay Mountain Music Collection, which offers lyrics and free Song Clips (recordings for learning the song by ear) for nearly 400 traditional songs, many of which are often heard in bluegrass and old-time jam circles. The ToneWay Project also offers songbooks, CDs, and a free online video series for learning to play music by ear.