GUNS OF JOHNNY RONDO, THE Theme song from an episode of the TV Series "The High Chaparral" (1970) (Joe Lubin / Gerry Day / Harry Sukman) Faron Young (TV Soundtrack) - 1970 Oh, Johnny Rondo and his son Both headin' west without a gun For Johnny vowed he'd kill no more Hey, whatcha gonna do when they challenge you Without your guns, Johnny Rondo Sixteen tried and sixteen died At the hands of Johnny Rondo Sixteen holes in sixteen souls >From the guns of Johnny Rondo Sixteen tried and sixteen died At the hands of Johnny Rondo Sixteen holes in sixteen souls >From the guns of Johnny Rondo They rode the hills, the Brothers Tate Released from jail, all filled with hate For Johnny shot their brother, Joe Hey, whatcha gonna do when they challenge you Johnny Rondo Sixteen tried and sixteen died At the hands of Johnny Rondo Hey, whatcha gonna do when they find you Without your guns, poor Johnny Rondo A man has time to dream and when he's done his job He gets to thinkin' of the past, of a lynching mob He thinks of a boy 'bout when he was just half his age Of a Circuit Judge, a prison and a cold, cold, cold, cold cage The Brothers swore to track him down And so they rode from town to town Over mountains high, through valleys low Hey, whatcha gonna do when they face you Without your guns, oh, Johnny Rondo Sixteen tried and sixteen died At the hands of Johnny Rondo Sixteen holes in sixteen souls >From the guns of Johnny Rondo Sixteen tried and sixteen died At the hands of Johnny Rondo Sixteen holes in sixteen souls >From the guns of Johnny Rondo A girl named Mary Ann came into Johnny's life They fell in love, they were wed and were man and wife Though she knew the life he led, he didn't know in town A gunman's bullet meant for him would shoot sweet Mary Ann down In Twoback Town they found a guy They asked if Johnny had been by They threatened poor old Amos Brill So, whatcha gonna do, better tell them the truth Or you'll end up on top of Boot Hill Sixteen tried and sixteen died At the hands of Johnny Rondo Hey, whatcha gonna do when they face you Without your guns, oh, Johnny Rondo It all began the day Big Vince McGrawley came And put young Johnny Rondo's Mom to an awful shame Though a half-grown boy, one night poor Johnny rode to town And for the first time killed a man when he shot McGrawley down Sixteen tried and sixteen died At the hands of Johnny Rondo When you fool with lust, you bite the dust >From the guns of Johnny Rondo Sixteen tried and sixteen died At the hands of Johnny Rondo Sixteen holes in sixteen souls >From the guns of Johnny Rondo The Brothers rode to Tucson fast They crossed the desert wide and vast Though Johnny vowed to kill no more Hey, whatcha gonna do when they challenge you Without your guns, Johnny Rondo Sixteen tried and sixteen died At the hands of Johnny Rondo Will you wear a gun or start to run When they all come, poor Johnny Rondo Sixteen tried and sixteen died At the hands of Johnny Rondo That was long ago, are your hands too slow To beat the draw, Johnny Rondo When Johnny faced the Brothers Tate He pulled his guns and tempted fate For Johnny vowed he'd kill no more And like he said, no blood was shed When he beat Jed to the draw Yes, like he said, no blood was shed >From the cold steel lead of Johnny Rondo A man has time to dream and when he's done his job He gets to thinkin' of the past, of a lynching mob He thinks of a boy 'bout when he was just half his age Of a Circuit Judge, a prison and a cold, cold, cold, cold cage Sixteen tried and sixteen died At the hands of Johnny Rondo Now it's over and done, you don't need a gun You're headin' west with your son, Johnny Rondo Sixteen tried and sixteen died At the hands of Johnny Rondo Now it's over and done, you don't need a gun You're headin' west with your son, Johnny Rondo Johnny Rondo, Johnny Rondo ++++++++++ As recorded by FARON YOUNG for record release (October 1969, Monument Recording Studio, Nashville): Sixteen tried, sixteen died At the hands of Johnny Rondo Sixteen holes in sixteen souls >From the guns of Johnny Rondo It started when McGrawley came And put young Johnny's Ma to shame Revenge was sweet that night in town Hey, whatcha gonna do when they challenge you That night he shot McGrawley down Sixteen tried, sixteen died At the hands of Johnny Rondo When you fool with lust, you bite the dust >From the guns of Johnny Rondo Johnny Rondo He wed a girl named Mary Ann A child was born, they called him Dan But when you live a gunman's life Hey, whatcha gonna do when they challenge you And by mistake kill your wife Sixteen tried, sixteen died At the hands of Johnny Rondo Sweet Mary Ann, they shot her down And broke the heart of Johnny Rondo Johnny Rondo Now Johnny Rondo and his son Both headin' west without a gun For Johnny vowed he'd kill no more Hey, whatcha gonna do when they challenge you Without your guns, Johnny Rondo Sixteen tried, sixteen died At the hands of Johnny Rondo Now it's over and done You're through with your guns Keep headin' west with your son, Johnny Rondo Johnny Rondo, Johnny Rondo, Johnny Rondo (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - January 2012)