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El Paso chords

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D                     Em
Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
A7                            D
I fell in love with a Mexican girl.
D                          Em
Nighttime would find me in Rose's Cantina,
A7                                D
Music would play and Felina would whirl.

D                           Em
Blacker than night were the eyes of Felina,
A7                              D
Wicked and evil while casting a spell.
D                         Em
My love was deep for this Mexican maiden,
A7                                 D
I was in love, but in vain I could tell.

G                      D           G
One night a wild young cowboy came in,
G                     D      D7
Wild as the West Texas wind.
Dashing and daring, a drink he was sharing,
D7                                  G
With wicked Felina, the girl that I love.
So in anger

D                              Em
I challenged his right for the love of this maiden;
A7                                     D
Down went his hand for the gun that he wore.
D                             Em
My challenge was answered, in less than a heartbeat
A7                                          D
The handsome young stranger lay dead on the floor.

D                   Em
Just for a moment I stood there in silence,
A7                                  D
Shocked by the foul evil deed I had done.
D                            Em
Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there;
A7                                   D
I had but one chance and that was to run.

G                            D         G
Out through the back door of Rose's I ran,
G                         D      D7
Out where the horses were tied.
I caught a good one; it looked like it could run,
D7                            G
Up on its back and away I did ride.
Just as fast as I

D                           Em
could from the West Texas town of El Paso,
A7                             D
Out to the badlands of New Mexico.
D                  Em
Back in El Paso my life would be worthless;
A7                                   D
Everything's gone in life nothing is left.

D                            Em
It's been so long since I've seen the young maiden,
A7                                  D
My love is stronger that my fear of death.

G                  D        G
I saddled up and away I did go,
G                     D      D7
Riding alone in the dark.
Maybe tomorrow a bullet may find me,
D7                                           G
Tonight nothing's worse than this pain in my heart.
And as last here

  D                  Em
I am on the hill overlooking El Paso,
A7                         D
I can see Rose's Cantina below.
D                        Em
My love is strong and it pushes me onward,
A7                            D
Down off the hill to Felina I go.

D                     Em
Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys,
A7                    D
Off to my left ride a dozen and more.
D                        Em
Shouting and shooting; I can't let them catch me,
A7                                D
I have to make it to Rose's back door.

G                       D           G
Something is dreadfully wrong for I feel
G                         D      D7
A deep burning pain in my side.
Though I am trying to stay in the saddle.
D7                           G
I'm getting weary, unable to ride.
But my love for

D                      Em
Felina is strong and I rise where I've fallen;
A7                                 D
Though I am weary, I can't stop to rest.
D                       Em
I see the white puff of smoke from the rifle,
A7                              D
I feel the bullet go deep in my chest.

D                       Em
From out of nowhere, Felina has found me,
A7                                   D
Kissing my cheek as she kneels by my side.
D                     Em
Cradled by two loving arms that I'll die for,
A7                             D
One little kiss and Felina goodbye. 

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mtburr 86 Feb 02, 2014 10:26 AM

Personally I play this transposed down two half steps, so the main chords are C, Dm, and G7. When doing this, the highly recognizable intro involves fingerpicking C, Dm, and G7, followed by a barre Dm (6th fret), barre G, F, and C. Also the all-important outro at the end, following the word "goodbye," is played on a C chord, but hammering the A note (2nd fret on the 4th (G) string). Listen to the original and you can easily figure this out.

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sgtwhiskyjack 10 Jun 18, 2015 09:27 AM

I always thought he sang 'Ride without falling' but I think you're correct.

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jimbobwaytxtech 10 Apr 04, 2017 12:23 AM


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