wFrom:  Dick Ellis
wtDate:  April 22, 2012
Subject:  Marty Robbins

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
I fell in love with a Mexican girl
Night-time 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 heart-beat
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 bad-lands of New Mexico
Back in El Paso my life would be worthless
Everything's gone in lifenothing 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 forFelina 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 and Felina, good-bye


wFrom:  Forrest Brandt

wtDate:  April 20, 2013

Subject:  Stuck in my Brain

This week's news has left me with a tune that I can't shut down.  I keep hearing Marty Robbins' voice singing, "Out in the west Texas town of West Texas..."

West Texas, Texas and Marty Robbins song - "El Paso"

April 2013


On April 17, 2013, an ammonium nitrate explosion occurred at the West Fertilizer Company storage and distribution facility in West, Texas, eighteen miles (29 km) north of Waco while emergency services personnel were responding to a fire at the facility.  Fifteen people were killed, more than 160 were injured, and more than 150 buildings were damaged or destroyed.  Investigators have confirmed that ammonium nitrate was the trigger for the explosion, but the cause of the initial fire is as yet unknown.


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wFrom:  Dick Ellis

wtDate:  April 22, 2012

Subject:  Marty Robbins

One of my fav song also!!!  I was remembering the time in 1982 when I spent about two hours with him on the White House lawn during the 4th of July celebration.  My wife was working at the White House and we were part of the staff invited.  They had a flat-bed set up on the south lawn and as we walked around I spotted Marty Robbins sitting on a bale of hay tuning his guitar.  No one else was around....I think most of the snot-nose young kids on the brand new Reagan staff didn't even know who he was.  I went up to him and told him who I was and that I use to be a country DJ back home in NC....he latched on to me and for the next two hours we just sat and talked....eventually a few people crowded around and he did a few songs.... What a super gentleman....and a talented man!  How lucky I have been....The good Lord looks after drunks and fools...I  can testify!!!!