[Sang by Elvis in '70s Concert a couple of time]
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 love.
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 the 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 backdoor 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,
Everthing'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.
I saddled up and away I did go,
Riding alone in the dark.
Maybe tomorrow a bullet may find me.
Tonight nothing's worse
Than this pain in my heart.
And at last here I am on the hill
Overlooking El Paso I can see Rosa's cantina below.
My love is strong and it pushes me onward.
Down off the hill to Felina I go
Off to my right I see five mounted cowboys,
Off to my left ride a dozen or more.
Shouting and shooting,
I can't let them catch me.
I have to make it to Rosa's backdoor.
Something is dreadfully wrong, for I feel
A deep burning pain in my side.
Though I am trying to stay in the saddle,
I'm getting weary, unable to ride.
But my love for Felina is strong
And I rise where I've fallen.
Though I am weary I can't stop to rest.
I see the white puff of smoke from the riffle.
I feel the bullet go deep in my chest.
From out of nowhere Felina has found me,
Kissing my check as she kneels by my side,
Cradled by two loving arms that I'll die for.
One little kiss, then, Felina, goodbye.