Texas Rangers

Cat. #0695 (MFH #622) - As sung by Tom Aley, Ozark, Missouri on February 27, 1969

Come all you Texas Rangers
Wherever you may be
I'll tell you of some troubles
That happened unto me
My name is noth'in extra
So that, I will not tell
And here's to all you Rangers
I'm sure I wish you well

Was at the age of seventeen
I joined that jolly band
We'd marched from San Antoinio
Down to the Rio Grande
Our Captain, he informed us
Perhaps he thought it right,
Before you reach th station, boys
You'll surely have to fight

I saw th Indians come'in
I heard 'em give a yell
My feelings at that moment
No human tongue can tell
I saw their glittering lances
Their arrows 'round me flew
And all my spirit left me
And all my courage, too

We fought for nine hours fully
Before th fight was o'er
Th likes of dead an' wounded
I never saw before
And when th fight had ended
An' the Indians, they had fled
We loaded up our rifles
An' counted up our dead

And all of us were wounded
Our noble Captain slain
Th sun was shining sadly
Across that bloody plain
Sixteen of bravest rangers
As ever rode th west
Were buried by their comrades
With arrows in their breast

An' now my song is ended
I guess I've sung enough
Th life of any ranger
You see, is very tough
And if you have a Mother
That don't want you to roam
I'd advise you from experience
You better stay at home