FELINA (FROM EL PASO) (Marty Robbins) Marty Robbins - 1966 Out in New Mexico many long years ago There in a shack on the desert one night in a storm Amid streaks of lightnin' and loud desert thunder To a young Mexican couple a baby was born Just as the baby cried, thunder and lightnin' died Moon gave its light to the world and the stars they did stay Mother and father both proud of the daughter That heaven had sent them Felina was this baby's name When she was seventeen, bothered by crazy dreams She ran away from the shack and left them to roam Father and mother both asked one another What made her run away, what made Felina leave home Tired of the desert nights, poverty, grief and strife She went her way late one night in the moon's golden beam She didn't know where she'd go, but she'd get there And she would find happiness if she would follow her dream After she ran away, she went to Santa Fe And in the year that she stayed there, she learned about life In just a little while she learned that with a smile She could have pretty clothes, she could be any man's wife Rich men romanced her, they dined and they danced her She understood men and she treated them all just the same A form that was fine and rare dark shining glossy hair Lovely to look at, Felina was this woman's name Restless in Santa Fe, she had to get away To any town where the lights had a much brighter glow One cowboy mentioned the town of El Paso They never stopped dancin' and money like whiskey did flow She bought a one-way, a ticket from Santa Fe Three days and nights on a stage with a rest now and then She didn't mind that she knew she would find that Her new life would be more exciting than where she had been The stage made its last stop up there on the mountain top To let her see all of the lights at the foot of the hill Her world was brighter and deep down inside her An uncontrolled beating, her young heart just wouldn't be still She got a hotel, a room at the Lily Belle Quickly she changed to a form-fitting black satin dress Every man stopped to stare at this form fine and rare Even the women remarked of the charm she possessed Dancin' and laughter was what she was after And Rosa's Cantina had lights with love in the gleam That's what she hunted and that's what she wanted Rosa's was one place a nice girl would never be seen It was the same way it was back in Santa Fe Men would make fools of themselves at the thought of romance Rosa took heed of, the place was in need of This kind of excitement, so she paid Feleena to dance A year passed or maybe more, then through the swingin' doors Came a young cowboy, so tall and so handsomely dressed This one was new in town, hadn't been seen around He was so different, he wasn't like all of the rest Felina danced close to him, then threw a rose to him Quickly he walked to her table and there he sit down And in a day or so wherever folks would go They'd see this young cowboy showin' Felina the town Six weeks he went with her, each minute spent with her But he was insanely jealous at glances she'd give Inside he was hurtin' from all of her flirtin' That was her nature and that was the way that she lived She flirted one night ,it started a gunfight And after the smoke cleared away, on the floor lay a man Felina's young lover had shot down another And he had to leave there, so out through the backdoor he ran The next day at five o'clock, she heard a rifle shot Quickly she ran to the door that was facin' the past She saw her cowboy, her wild ridin' cowboy Low in the saddle, her cowboy was ridin' in fast She ran to meet him, to kiss and to greet him He saw her and motioned her back with a wave of his hand Bullets were flyin', Felina was cryin' As she saw him fall from the saddle and into the sand Felina knelt near him, to hold and to hear him When she felt the warm blood that flowed from the wound in his side He raised to kiss her and she heard him whisper Never forget me, Felina, it's over, goodbye Quickly she grabbed for the sixgun that he wore And screamin' in anger and placin' the gun to her breast Bury us both deep and maybe we'll find peace Then pullin' the trigger, she fell cross the dead cowboy's chest Out in El Paso, whenever the wind blows If you'll listen closely, at night you wil hear in the wind A woman is cryin', it's not the wind sighin' Old timers tell you Felina is callin' for him You'll hear them talkin' and you'll hear them walkin' You'll hear them laughin', you'll look, but there's no one around Don't be alarmed, there is really no harm there It's only the young cowboy showing Felina the town (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - January 2013)