Tougher Than Leather

Willie Nelson  Buy

FAVORITE (15 fans)

Willie Nelson

Willie Hugh Nelson (pronounced /wɪli nɛlsən /; born April 30, 1933) is an American country music singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed at the end of the 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana. more »


 Watch: New Singing Lesson Videos Can Make Anyone A Great Singer

He was tougher than leather 
And he didn't care whether 
The sun shined or not
When a young kid in Cow Town 
Wanted a showdown
He was careless or just maybe forgot
But he died in the gunfight 
Blinded by sunlight 
Never draw when you're facin' the sun
And old tougher than leather 
Just carved one more notch on his gun

And when he turned to go 
The beautiful maiden knelt down
Where her dead sweetheart lay
And on his breast placed a rose 
While the townspeople stared in dismay
And old tougher than leather 
Should've known better
But he picked up the rose in his hand
And the townspeople froze 
When his hands crushed the rose
And the rose petals fell in the sand

And old tougher than leather 
Was a full-time go-getter
The grass never grew beneath his feet
From one town to another 
He would ride like the wind
But his mind kept going back to the street
Where a young cowboy died 
And a young maiden cried
And rose petals fell in the sand
And his heart had been softened 
By the beautiful maid
And he knew he must see her again

Well he went back to the town 
Where it all had come down
And he searched but his search was in vain
He had wanted to find her
And say he was sorry
For causing her heart so much pain
But one night he died from a poison inside
Brought on by the wrong he had done
And old tougher than leather 
Had carved his last notch on his gun

Well he was burried in Cow Town 
Along about sundown
Lookin' good in his new store-bought clothes
When the young maiden came over 
And knelt down beside him
And on his lapel placed a rose
There's a bird in the sky 
Flying high, flying high
To a place from a place 
Changing skies, changing skies

 Watch: New Singing Lesson Videos Can Make Anyone A Great Singer


Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind

Discuss the Tougher Than Leather Lyrics with the community:


Use the citation below to add these lyrics to your bibliography:


"Tougher Than Leather Lyrics." STANDS4 LLC, 2019. Web. 17 Nov. 2019. <>.

Missing lyrics by Willie Nelson?

Know any other songs by Willie Nelson? Don't keep it to yourself!

Watch the song video

Tougher Than Leather

Our awesome collection of

Promoted Songs


Don't miss Willie Nelson's

Upcoming Events

  • Mon • Nov 18 • 8:00 PM
    Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, Sugar Land, TX
  • Tue • Nov 19 • 7:30 PM
    The Grand 1894 Opera House - TX, Galveston, TX
  • Fri • Nov 22 • 8:00 PM
    IP Casino Resort and Spa, Biloxi, MS
  • Sat • Nov 23 • 7:30 PM
    Riverdome at Horseshoe Casino & Hotel - Bossier City, Bossier City, LA
  • Mon • Nov 25 • 7:30 PM
    Majestic Theatre San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Willie Nelson tracks

On Radio Right Now


Powered by

Think you know music? Test your MusicIQ here!

Movies in which is played

Tougher Than Leather