EL- Paso By Marty Robbins Story In Music

When I first heard this song I was struck as I found it very intriguing and entertaining. There are three main characters in this song. There is the narrator who loves this Mexican maiden named Felina. The other character is another guy who also likes Felina. There are also some cowboys but they are minor characters because they serve little purpose. The setting is in the city of EL-Paso Texas. Photo credits-https://a1000mistakes.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/gunfighterballads.jpg

The conflict is when the narrator finds another guy sharing a drink with Felina. The narrator challenges the other guy for the love for his maiden. His challenge was answered when the narrator shot the other guy and he lay dead on the floor. The narrator steals a horse and runs away. Photo credits- https://i.ytimg.com/vi/7UVVS5-9HvA/maxresdefault.jpg

The resolution is that as the narrator is running away he cannot stop thinking about Felina so he goes back to Rosa’s Cantina. On His way back he got shot in the chest. This did not stop him from returning to his love Felina. When the narrator arrives at Rosa’s Cantina Felina finds him and kisses his cheek. Then the narrator Kisses Felina goodbye. If this song was made into a film the genres would be action, drama, western, and romance. I consider this to be a western because of the setting in El- Paso Texas also it was written in the 1950s. It would be a romance because of the narrator’s love for Felina. I considered this to be action as well because the narrator fled from the town and came back while being shot at. It would be a drama because of what happened to the narration in the end. Photo Credits- https://i.ytimg.com/vi/ms9I4OWY6zU/hqdefault.jpg

Here are the original lyrics for the song

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso

I fell in love with a Mexican girl

Nighttime 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 (Name of girl )

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 heartbeat

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

Upon its back and away I did ride

Just as fast as I could from the West Texas town of El Paso

Out to the badlands of New Mexico

Back in El Paso my life would be worthless

Everything’s gone, in life nothing 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 for Felina 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, then Felina good-bye

Sung by Marty Robbins.

Wrote by Marty Robbins as well.

~Dylan Mistretta 2/26/19

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