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Beside The Rio Grande

by Strawbs. Buy album CD: Other Songs S - KEE

It happened rather suddenly that the Preacher came to town
With stories from the Testaments of men of great reknown
With his box of patent medicines he swore to cure all ills
From the lameness in the horses, to the children's colds and chills
And he had along his Indian wife and a country music band
Who sang of peace and brotherhood beside the Rio Grande.

Now the Preacher quickly gathered sick and poor from miles around
Who came to him for comfort and to hear his country sound
But the mayor thought he was trouble when he spoke against the law
And he saw the growing power of the crowds that he could draw
And he worried when the Preacher bought himself a plot of land
To settle with his family beside the Rio Grande.
The saloon was pretty crowded and the stakes was a-running high
And the girls sang sentimental songs that made us cowboys cry
We began to criticise the Preacher marrying a squaw
And how could he associate with cripples, drunks and whores
And in a crazy fit the Preacher scattered chips and winning hands
And condemned it as a den of vice beside the Rio Grande.

Now the boys were drunk and rowdy, and mostly pretty mean
And we dragged him to the sidewalk and whipped his shoulders clean
We said he was responsible for bringing on the drought
That had burned off all the spring grass and had wiped the young herd out
The sheriff would not get involved, the law could take no hand
The Preacher had not harmed a soul.

We pegged him on the hillside alongside two Apache braves
Who'd been given picks and shovels and been made to dig their graves
And when he asked for water stood and pissed around his feet
While his tongue swelled up and blackened in the burning desert heat
And someone said we ought to mark the Preacher with a brand
To show that he did not belong beside the Rio Grande.

Then the sky began to darken and a breeze whipped up the dust
And some of us were frightened while others swore and cursed
And the Preacher said a few words with his final dying breath
About forgiving us for what we had done to bring about his death
And as the night began to fall we covered him with sand
And left his weary bones to bleach

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  1. (She'll Stay) Just One More Day
  2. A Boy And His Dog
  3. A Glimpse Of Heaven
  4. A Mind Of My Own
  5. A Song For Me
  6. Absent Friend
  7. Afraid To Let You Go
  8. Ah Me, Ah My
  9. Alexander The Great
  10. Alice's Song
  11. All I Need Is You
  12. All The Little Ladies
  13. Always On My Mind
  14. And Wherefore
  15. And You Need Me
  16. Another Day
  17. Another Day Without You
  18. Autumn
  19. Back In The Old Routine
  20. Back On The Farm
  21. Backside
  22. Barcarole (For The Death Of Venice)
  23. Be-Bop-A-Lula
  24. Beat The Retreat
  25. Beautiful Blues
  26. Benedictus
  27. Beside The Rio Grande
  28. Big Brother
  29. Blue Angel
  30. Blue Jean Bop
  31. Bring It Back Again
  32. Burning For Me
  33. C'Mon Everybody (Live In Toronto-Unreleased)
  34. Can't Go Back To Memphis
  35. Can't Help Fallin' In Love
  36. Canon Dale
  37. Carry Me Home
  38. Changes Arranges
  39. Charmer
  40. Chet Diddy (Hidden Charms)
  41. Close Your Eyes
  42. Crawl Up And Die
  43. Crazy Mixed Up Kid
  44. Cross That Bridge
  45. Cruisin'
  46. Cry No More
  47. Cut Like A Diamond
  48. Deadly Nightshade
  49. Do You Remember
  50. Don't Try To Change Me
  51. Double Talking Baby
  52. Down By The Sea
  53. Dragonfly
  54. Drink That Bottle Down
  55. Everbody Needs Rock 'n' Roll
  56. Evergreen
  57. Fingertips
  58. Fishnet Stocking
  59. Flight
  60. Flyin' Saucers Rock 'n' Roll
  61. Flying
  62. Forever
  63. Forever Ocean Blue
  64. Further down the road
  65. Gene And Eddie
  66. Ghosts
  67. Gina
  68. Going Home
  69. Gonna Be Your Rock
  70. Goodbye (Is Not An Easy Word To Say)
  71. Grace Darling
  72. Hanging In The Gallery
  73. Hard, Hard Winter
  74. Heartbreak Hill
  75. Heartbreaker
  76. Heat Of The Street
  77. Heavy Disguise
  78. Here It Comes
  79. Hero And Heroine
  80. Hey Little Man (thursday's Child)
  81. Hey Little Man (Wednesday's Child)
  82. How Everyone But Sam Was A Hypocrite
  83. How I Need You
  84. How Long You Wanna Live Anyway
  85. I Don't Want To Talk About It
  86. I Feel Your Loving Coming On
  87. I Only Want My Love To Grow In You
  88. I Turned My Face Into The Wind
  89. I'll Carry On Beside You
  90. I'll Show You Where To Sleep
  91. I've Been My Own Worst Friend
  92. In Amongst The Roses
  93. Is It Today Lord
  94. Jade Idol
  95. Jeanie Jeanie Jeanie (live)
  96. Jeanie, Jeanie, Jeanie
  97. Joey And Me
  98. Josephine, For Better Or For Worse
  99. Just Love
  100. Keep On Running


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