Billy the Kid

(1994)

"Billy the Kid" is an anonymous text set by Libby Larsen. The song is the third and final song in Larsen's Three Cowboy Songs.

Billy the Kid (Original Text)


Billy was a bad man
And carried a big gun,
He was always after Greasers
And kept 'em on the run.


He shot one every morning
For to make his morning meal.
And let a white man sass him,
He was shore to feel his steel.


He kept folks in hot water,
And he stole from many a stage,
And when he was full of liquor
He was always in a rage.


But one day he met a man
Who was a whole lot badder
and now he's dead
and we ain't none the sadder.


Larsen's Altered Song Text:


Billy was a bad man
carried a big gun,
He was always after good folks
And he kept them on the run.


He shot one every morning
To make his morning meal.
And let a man sass him,
He was sure to feel his steel.


He kept folks in hot water,
Stole from every stage,
When he was full of liquor
He was always in a rage.


He kept things boilin' over,
he stayed out in the brush,
when he was full of dead eye,
other folks'ld better hush.


Billy was a bad man, but
one day he met a man
a whole lot badder
and now he's dead
and we ain't none the sadder.


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