Streets Of Laredo (Cowboy's Lament) by jaybeacham

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Streets Of Laredo (Cowboy's Lament)

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Marty Robbins

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jaybeachamLEVEL 57

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Streets of Laredo
My very first online recording of a song on MySpace Ksolo was this old western ballad. All though my first public performance of it was in 1973 as a duet with a guitar playing singer named Brent.
Here's some information about the song.
"Streets of Laredo", also known as the "Cowboy's Lament", is a famous American cowboy ballad in which a dying cowboy tells his story to a living one. Derived from the English folk song "The Unfortunate Rake", it has become a folk music standard, and as such has been performed, recorded and adapted numerous times, with many variations. The title refers to the city of Laredo, Texas.

The old-time cowboy Frank H. Maynard (1853–1926) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, claimed authorship of the revised Cowboy's Lament.
Here are more lyrics than in this version:

As I walked down in the streets of Laredo
As I walked down in Laredo one day,
I spied a cowpuncher, all wrapped in white linen
Wrapped up in white linen and cold as the clay.

"I see by your outfit, that you are a cowboy."
These words he did say as I slowly walked by.
"Come sit down beside me and hear my sad story,
For I'm shot in the chest, and today I must die."

"'Twas once in the saddle I used to go dashing,
'Twas once in the saddle I used to go gay.
First down to Rosie's, and then to the card-house,
Got shot in the breast, and I'm dying today."

"Oh, beat the drum slowly and play the fife lowly,
And play the dead march as you carry me along;
Take me to the valley, and lay the sod o'er me,
For I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong."

"Get six jolly cowboys to carry my coffin,
Get six pretty maidens to bear up my pall.
Put bunches of roses all over my coffin,
Roses to deaden the clods as they fall."

"Then swing your rope slowly and rattle your spurs lowly,
And give a wild whoop as you carry me along;
And in the grave throw me and roll the sod o'er me.
For I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong."

"Go bring me a cup, a cup of cold water.
To cool my parched lips", the cowboy then said.
Before I returned, his soul had departed,
And gone to the round up – the cowboy was dead.

We beat the drum slowly and played the fife lowly,
And bitterly wept as we bore him along.
For we loved our comrade, so brave, young and handsome,
We all loved our comrade, although he'd done wrong.

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LissLEVEL 26

Comment by Liss

Good morning
Nice to hear you again .... haven´t heard that song for ages ... I love it ... and I love the way you sing it ... it´s wonderful listen to you
Thank´s for your nice comment in my guestbook on my homepage ... it was such a wonderful surprise !!!
Have a safe and happy day ... Hugs and smiles .... Liss

Inday2LEVEL 87

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"You've Got Away" r/c7bdf4ba5

Wow...you have that very unique trained vocals, love it!

Lyndyann

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My heart is breaking for the victims of the hurricanes and the earthquakes

SOUNDING FABULOUS AS ALWAYS JAY....THIS IS 'GOOD'.....LOVED IT!!

Lyndyann

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My heart is breaking for the victims of the hurricanes and the earthquakes

--AItaliaBella--LEVEL 94

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Let your happy sunshine of caring a lot beams *L* my Snapples FAmily have a wonderful Day*L*

Oh, I did not know that you are from Ksolo too I was there for a year before they closed down the site......That's where I met my Mikey

--AItaliaBella--LEVEL 94

Comment by --AItaliaBella--GOLD +67

Let your happy sunshine of caring a lot beams *L* my Snapples FAmily have a wonderful Day*L*

Sad song and AWESOME paraphrasing.....Truly set the mood of this song Thanks for the info too

Butterfly2604

Comment by Butterfly2604GOLD +4

HI JAY AS ALWAYS GREAT JOB
YOU SING SENSATIONAL LOVED IT
HAPPY WEEKEND HUGS MARINA!

soon_to_come

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well this sure sounds great Jay!

soon_to_come

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you are awesome on these story songs....nice and expressive! ....plus I just love your voice!

weieastLEVEL 95

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Well darling any version from you is going to be fabulous……love your vocals…….:)

weieastLEVEL 95

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So enjoying this from you here on this sunday evening……happy memorial day week end and hope it is a safe one…..thanks for sharing darling……Susan:)

MichaelJamesLamante

Comment by MichaelJamesLamanteGOLD +2

Such a brilliant rendering Jay. Wonderful, this tune was Fantastic!!!!!! Superb vocals!!!!! BRAVO!!!!!~~Michael~~

CajunQueenBeeLEVEL 94

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OH WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

CajunQueenBeeLEVEL 94

Comment by CajunQueenBeeGOLD

SO AWESOME! LOVE THE INFO YOU ADD TO YOUR SONGS! THAT IS TOPS!!!!!!!!! SOUNDS SO WONDERFUL! LOTS OF STARS, HUGS AND LOVE!!!!!!!!

ellenorLEVEL 74

Comment by ellenorPATRON +1

I JAY OH YEH FUNNY HOW YOU ALWAYS REMEMBER THESE TUNES, FABULOUS SING WELL ENTERTAINED HERE, AMAZING PERFORMANCE, WELL CHUFFED WITH MY LISTERN HUGIESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ELLA UK

Jan-B

Comment by Jan-BGOLD +6

AAAAAHHHHH, SOME MARTY ROBBINS, VERY COOL!! WELL, WOWOWOWOW, YOU SOUNDED FANTASTIC, JAY!! ALWAYS GOOD TO READ YOUR SONG BLURBS AND LISTEN TO YOU SING!! I REALLY LOVED THIS ONE! LOVE THOSE COUNTRY TUNES!! GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS WITH LOVE!! JAN

Jan-B

Comment by Jan-BGOLD +6

LOOKS LIKE YOU'RE THE BIRTHDAY BOY TODAY!! I JUST WANTED TO STOP BY AND WISH YOU A GREAT ONE!! MAY YOUR DAY BE FILLED WITH LOVE, SMILES AND FUN!!

Jan-B

Comment by Jan-BGOLD +6

BYE FOR NOW MY DEAR FRIEND...: ) XO

CajunQueenBeeLEVEL 94

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAY!!!!!!!!!!

SMILINGNUTMEGLEVEL 93

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this was beautiful Jay....pushed that button...hugs & GBU....Meg