Marty Robbins: El Paso | Song-Factsheet


Song «El Paso» von Marty Robbins.


Veröffentlichungsdaten: 1959 09 (Album), 1959 10 26 (Single)
Label: Columbia CS 8158, Columbia 4 41511
Songwriter Marty Robbins
Produktion: Don Law
Genre: Country - Countrypop


Dieses Kunstlied ist ein typisches Cowboy- oder Western-Drama über Liebe, Eifersucht und Tod. Der Erzähler, ein Cowboy aus El Paso, Texas, verliebt sich in einer Bar («Rosa's Cantina») in eine mexikanische Tänzerin, Feleena. Aber wie das so ist, Feleena ist der Traum vieler Männer und bald schon flirtet sie mit einem anderen, was dier Eifersucht des Erzählers anstachelt. Er fordert den Widersacher zum Duell und tötet ihn.
Die Tat macht ihn zum Mörder und deshalb nimmt er Reissaus auf einem gestohlenen Pferd. Er versteckt sich, um seiner Strafe zu entgehen, in einem anderen Staat, in New Mexico. Aber die Sehnsucht nach Feleena plagt ihn so stark, dass er zurückgeht, um sie zu sehen. Seine Liebe wird ihm abermals zum Verhängnis, denn er wird von einer Truppe des Sheriffs überrascht und erschossen. Er stirbt in den Armen Feleenas, die ihm ein Küsschen gibt – möglicherweise mehr aus Mitleid als aus Liebe.

Personen und Querverweise

Marty Robbins
Marty Robbins
Don Law


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