Billy Venero

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Marty Robbins

Martin David Robinson (September 26, 1925 – December 8, 1982), known professionally as Marty Robbins, was an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. One of the most popular and successful country and Western singers of his era, for most of his nearly four-decade career, Robbins was rarely far from the country music charts, and several of his songs also became pop hits.


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In an Arizona town one day
Bill Venero heard them say
That a band of Apache Indians
Were on the trail that way

Heard them tell of murder done
Three men killed at Rocky Run
"They're in danger at the cow ranch,"
Said Venero under his breath

Nearly forty miles away
Was a little place that lay
In a deep and shaded valley
In the mighty wilderness

Half a score of homes were there
And in one, a maiden fair
Held the heart of Bill Venero
Venero's little Bess

So no wonder he grew pale
When he heard the cowboy's tale
Of the men that he'd seen murdered
There at Rocky Run

"Sure as there's a God above,
I will save the girl I love,
By that love I hold for Bessie,
I will see that something's done."

Not one minute he delayed
When this brave resolve was made
"But man," his comrades, told him
when they heard his daring plan:

"You are riding straight to death,"
But he answered "Save your breath,
I may never reach the cow ranch,
But I'll do the best I can."

As he crossed the Alkali
All his thoughts flew on ahead
To the little bandit cow ranch
Thinking not of danger near

With his quirt's unceasing whirl
And the jingle of his spurs
Little Chapo bore the cowboy
Over the far away frontier

Sharp and clear, a rifle shot
Woke the echoes of the spot
"I am wounded!" cried Venero
As he swayed from side to side

"While there's life, there's always hope
Slowly onward I will lope
If we fail to reach the cow ranch
Bessie Lee will know I tried"

Then as dusk, a horse of brown
Wet with sweat came panting down
The little lane at cow ranch
Stopped in front of Bessie's door

But the cowboy was asleep
And his slumber was so deep
Little Bess could never wake him
Though she tried forevermore

You have heard this story told
By the young and by the old
How the Indians killed Venero
On his way to Rocky Run

Many years have passed away
And the maiden's hair is gray
But still she places roses
On Bill Venero's grave

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