Marty Robbins의 ‘El Paso’를 검색해 유뷰트에서 듣는다.
옛날 라디오에서 많이 나왔었던 칸츄리송인데,
텍사스버젼 나훈아처럼 노래 중간에 한번씩 꺽는게 웃겨서 즐겁게 들었던 기억이 난다.

Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs앨범에 수록되어 있는 이 곡은 그런데 킬킬 댈 노래는 아니다.
멕시코소녀를 사랑한 카우보이의 비극적인 로맨스를 그린,
하기야 총잡이 발라드 앨범에 수록되어 있는 곡이니 사랑의 종말이 어디 총질 없는 ‘단순이별’ 이겠는가?

“Maybe tomorrow a bullet may find me”

중간쯤의 가사가 단순히 노래 가사로만 읽혀지지 않는 아침
엘파소에 해시태그를 달아본다. # ELPasoStrong


Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
I fell in love with a Mexican girl
Nighttime would find me in Rosa’s cantina
Music would play and Felina would whirl

Blacker than night were the eyes of Felina
Wicked and evil while casting a spell
My love was deep for this Mexican maiden
I was in love, but in vain I could tell

One night a wild young cowboy came in
Wild as the West Texas wind
Dashing and daring, a drink he was sharing
With wicked Felina, the girl that I loved

So in anger I challenged his right for the love of this maiden
Down went his hand for the gun that he wore
My challenge was answered in less than a heartbeat
The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor

Just for a moment I stood there In silence
Shocked by the foul evil deed I had done
Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there
I had but one chance and that was to run

Out through the back door of Rosa’s I ran
Out where the horses were tied
I caught a good one, it looked like it could run
Up on its back and away I did ride
Just as fast as I could from the West Texas town of El Paso
Out to the badlands of New Mexico

Back in El Paso my life would be worthless
Everything’s gone, in life nothing is left
It’s been so long since I’ve seen the young maiden
My love is stronger than my fear of death

I saddled up and away I did go
Riding alone in the dark
Maybe tomorrow a bullet may find me
Tonight nothing’s worse than this pain in my heart
And at last here I am on the hill overlooking El Paso
I can see Rosa’s Cantina below
My love is strong and it pushes me onward
Down off the hill to Felina I go

Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys
Off to my left ride a dozen or more
Shouting and shooting, I can’t let them catch me
I have to make it to Rosa’s back door

Something is dreadfully wrong, for I feel
A deep burning pain in my side
Though I am trying to stay in the saddle
I’m getting weary, unable to ride

But my love for Felina is strong and I rise where I’ve fallen
Though I am weary, I can’t stop to rest
I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle
I feel the bullet go deep in my chest

From out of nowhere Felina has found me
Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my side
Cradled by two loving arms that I’ll die for
One little kiss, then Felina good-bye

# ELPasoStrong: 텍사스 엘파소(El Paso)의 한 월마트에서 총격을 가한 한 남성에 의해
최소 20명이 사망하고 수십명이 부상을 당하는 대형 총기 사건

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