The Texas Rangers

Cat. #0341 (MFH #622) - As sung by Fran Majors, Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 23, 1959

Come, all you Texas Rangers
Wherever you may be
I'll tell you of some trouble
That happened unto me
My name it's nothing extry
Sure it, I shall not tell
I am a Texas Ranger
I'm sure you wish me well

T'was at the age of seventeen
I joined that jolly band
We marched from San Antonio
Down to th Rio Grande
Our captain, he informed us
I'm sure he thought it right
Saying, boys before you reach that station
Perhaps you'll have to fight

I heard our captain, shouting
I heard him give command
To arms, to arms, he shouted
And by your horses stand
I saw those Indains coming
I heard them give th yell
My feelings at that moment
No human tongue can tell

I saw their glittering lances
While the arrows 'round me sailed
My heart, it sank within me
My courage almost failed
I saw th smoke ascending
It seemed to reach th sky
I saw that at that moment
My time had come to die

I thought of what my Mother said,
When in tears, she spoke to me
To you they are all strangers
You'd better stay with me
I thought, she was old and childish
Th best she did not know
My heart was bent on roving
And I was sure to go

We fought them for nine hours
Before that fight was o'er
Th like of dead and wounded
I'd never seen before
Five of th brave of Rangers
As ever saw th west
Was buried on th plains
We laid them there to rest

Perhaps, you have a Mother
Likewise, a sister too
Likewise, a darling sweetheart
To mourn and greave for you
Well, if your in this condition
Now, I know you'd like to roam
But I'll tell you by experience
You'd better stay at home