Red Headed Stranger Lyrics - Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson Red Headed Stranger cover art
publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Carl Stutz, Edith L Calisch
release date: 1975
genres: Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country
length: 4:01
producer: Willie Nelson
engineer: Phil York
arranger: Willie Nelson
writer: Carl Stutz, Edith Lindeman, Carl Stutz, Edith Lindeman
A red headed stranger from Blue Rock Montana rode into town one day
And under his knees was a raging black stallion and walkin' behind was a bay
The red headed stranger had eyes like the thunder ghis lips they were sad and tight
His little lost love lay asleep on the hillside and his heart was heavy as night
Don't cross him don't boss him he's wild in his sorrow he's ridin' and hidin' his pain
Don't fight him don't spite him let's wait till tomorrow maybe he'll ride on again

A yellow haired lady leaned out of her window and watched as he passed her way
She drew back in fear at the sight of the stallion but cast greedy eyes on the bay
How could she know that this dancing bay pony meant more to him than life
For this was the horse and his little lost darlin' had ridden when she was his wife
Don't cross him don't boss him...

The yellow haired lady came down to the tavern and looked up the stranger there
He bought her a drink and gave her some money he just didn't seem to care
She followed him out as he saddled his stallion and laughed as she grabbed at the bay
He shot her so quick they had no time to warn her she never heard anyone say
Don't cross him don't boss him...

The yellow haired lady was buried at sunset the stranger went free of course
You can't hang a man for killin' a woman who's tryin' to steal your horse
This is the tale of the red headed stranger and if he should pass your way
Stay out of the path of the raging black stallion and don't lay a hand on the bay
Don't cross him don't boss him...

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Time of the Preacher
  • 2 I Couldn't Believe It Was True
  • 3 Time of the Preacher Theme
  • 4 Medley: Blue Rock Montana / Red Headed Stranger
  • 5 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
  • 6 Red Headed Stranger
  • 7 Time of the Preacher Theme
  • 8 Just as I Am
  • 9 Denver
  • 10 O'er the Waves
  • 11 Down Yonder
  • 12 Can I Sleep in Your Arms?
  • 13 Remember Me
  • 14 Hands on the Wheel
  • 15 Bandera