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September 27

Pure Genius! Charley Pride & Glen Campbell’s “El Paso” Duet

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10 years after Marty Robbins’ death, the writer and the singer of the famous ballad, ‘El Paso,’ two high-caliber country singers paid their tribute to honor the genius behind the widely acclaimed song. Charley Pride and Glen Campbell breathe their version of the classic ‘El Paso’ in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Glen Campbell with his acoustic guitar together with their already bankable voices with Pride braved the crowd and the result was a classic duet that should be treasured forever.

El Paso, Mart Robbins, Charley Pride ft Glen Campbell

The song is a first-person narrative told by a cowboy who is in El Paso, Texas, in the days of the Wild West. He recalls how he fell in love with a young Mexican woman, Feleena, a dancer at “Rosa’s Cantina”. When the narrator sees another cowboy sharing a drink with “wicked Feleena” he challenges the newcomer to a gunfight. He kills the challenger, then flees El Paso for fear of being hanged for murder or killed in revenge by his victim’s friends.

Charley Pride was never shy when it comes to his admiration about Marty Robbins. Pride told Rolling Stone how he admired Robbins so much as an artist:

“He’s one of the five artists that I give tribute to in my show. I love them all, but he was one of the first that took me out on the road. He was so funny all the time. He was just good to me. So it’s not only that this song jumped out to me, but it was also thinking about how good he was to me and how I loved his singing and him as a person.”

Watch the show-stopping performance here:

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El Paso Lyrics

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

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
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 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


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Charley Pride, glen campbell, Mart Robbins


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