The Streets of Laredo

Johnny Cash


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Duane Eddy
album: Track 8 in album Sings the Ballads of the True West
release date: 1965
popularity : 14 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country Rock/Acoustic
length: 3:41

Album Information

country(area): United States
script: Latin

Cover Art

Johnny Cash Sings the Ballads of the True West cover art


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As I walked out on the streets of Laredo.
I spied a poor cowboy wrapped in white linen,

These words he did say as I boldly walked by.
"I'm shot in the breast an' I know I must die."
"It was once in the saddle, I used to go dashing.
"First to the card-house and then down to Rose's.

"Six dance-hall maidens to bear up my pall.
"Roses to deaden the clods as they fall."
"Then beat the drum slowly, play the Fife lowly.
"Take me to the green valley, lay the sod o'er me,

"An' tell her the cowboy that she loved has gone.
"Don't mention his name and his name will pass on."
When thus he had spoken, the hot sun was setting.
We took the young cowboy down to the green valley,

Played the dead march as we carried him along.
He was a young cowboy and he said he'd done wrong.


Track Listing

  • 1 Hiawatha's Vision
  • 2 The Road to Kaintuck
  • 3 The Shifting, Whispering Sands, Part I
  • 4 The Ballad of Boot Hill
  • 5 I Ride an Old Paint
  • 6 Hardin Wouldn't Run
  • 7 Mister Garfield
  • 8 The Streets of Laredo
  • 9 Johnny Reb
  • 10 A Letter From Home
  • 11 Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
  • 12 Mean as Hell
  • 13 Sam Hall
  • 14 25 Minutes to Go
  • 15 The Blizzard
  • 16 Sweet Betsy From Pike
  • 17 Green Grow the Lilacs
  • 18 Stampede
  • 19 The Shifting, Whispering Sands, Part II
  • 20 Reflections