Lyrics for the Day – Tonight We Ride

Not sure about the reason this image is attractive but Tom Russell sings it with such sincerity

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Panco Villa crossed the border
In the year of ought sixteen
The people of Columbus still hear him riding through their dreams
He killed seventeen civilians you could hear the women scream
Blackjack Pershing on a dancing horse was waiting in the wings

Tonight we ride
Tonight we ride
We’ll skin ole Pancho Villa
Make chaps out of his hide
Shoot his horse, Siete Leguas
And his twenty-seven brides
Tonight we ride
Tonight we ride

We rode for three long years till Blackjack Pershing called it quits
When Jackie wasn’t lookin’
I stole his fine spade bit
It was tied upon his stallion so I rode away on it
To the wild Chihuahuan desert so dry you couldn’t spit

Tonight we ride
You bastards dare
We’ll kill the wild Apache for the bounty on his hair
Then we’ll ride into Durango
Climb up the whorehouse stairs
Tonight we ride
Tonight we ride

When I’m too damn old to sit a horse
I’ll steal the warden’s car
Break my ass out of this prison
Leave my teeth there in a jar
You don’t need no teeth for kissin’ gals or smokin’ cheap cigars
I’ll sleep with one eye open
‘Neath God’s celestial stars

Tonight we rock
Tonight we roll
We’ll rob the Juarez liquor store for the Reposado Gold
And if we drink ourselves to death ain’t that the cowboy way to go?

Tonight we ride
Tonight we ride
Tonight we fly
We’re headin’ west
Toward the mountains and the ocean where the eagle makes his nest
If our bones bleach on the desert
We’ll consider we are blessed
Tonight we ride
Tonight we ride

Tonight we ride
Tonight we ride

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