Alabama - Pony Express Lyrics




He came in and sit down at the end of the bar
His old rawhide shirt full of dust
He asked for a glass and he ordered rye whiskey
He talked to himself and he cussed

He left Sacramento early that morning
With a sackful of mail for St. Joe
Had to outrun some outlaws outside Carson City
By riding where they wouldn't go

He said to me,"Mister, this long riding's hell
But I guess it's got to be done
Otherwise how would you get all your mail
If the pony express couldn't run?"

I said, "I hear you, mister and you do your job well
But I hear it won't be for long
They'll be sending the mail by the wire and the rail
And your pony and you will be gone

He came in and sit down at the end of the bar
His coveralls covered with dust
He said Jesse James had just held up his train
He talked to himself and he cussed

He pulled out of St. Joe early that morning
With the mail and the union payroll
Had to stop for a rockslide outside Jackson City
And Jesse made off with the gold

He said to me, "Mister, this railroading's hell
But I guess it's got to be done
Otherwise how would you get all you mail
If that old iron horse couldn't run?"

I said, "I hear you,mister and you do your job well
But I hear it won't be for long
They'll be sending the mail without you or the rail
'Cause they say man will fly before long."

He came in and sit down at the end of the bar
His face looked all haggard and grey
He ordered a drink and said, "Make it a double
Boys it's sure been a long day."

He pulled out of Denver early that morning
He said, "You'll never guess where I've been
A highjacker needed a lift down to Cuba
So your mail will be late getting in."

I said, "I hear you, mister and you do your job well
But you know it ain't been that long
They were doing it best with the pony express
Before you and your friends came along."





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  1. nicole narain

    I met you when I was 13 at the Worcester, MA airport.....I loved you guys then, and I still love you now. THIS...Is my FAVORITE Alabama song. The lyrics and voice of Teddy Gentry are simply genius....

  2. nicole narain

    This is hands down my absolute favorite song by Alabama....this song is so well written and sung!

  3. Clayton Barfield

    I have this album but nothing to play it on anymore....

  4. batsonlogging

    Best Alabama song

  5. brian moody

    I am proud of these hard working guys ,, I live about 42 miles northeast of Ft.Payne and I go over there a lot , Teddy wrote this amazing song and I wish he sang more lead cause he has a great unique voice. I went to the June Jam many times and I remember when this album came out , That year at the Jam he came out after about a min after a break between songs with a cowboy hat on a trench coat and they played this song and it gave me goose bumps,, It was awesome.. I hung the drywall in Teddy's new house in the 90s right down the road from Randy's house and I have been back out there many many times and always wanted to see how the inside looked after it was finished , I loved the layout of that house ,, I hope someday I can catch him at home and talk to him Even though I live this close I have never got to meet him but I have met Randy and Jeff and Mark , I hope to meet Teddy someday,, Great song Teddy Gentry you are a true artist and a amazing song writer and a living legend to me , I play write and sing and I love doing this song!! Thanks and God bless.....................!!!

  6. robert33112

    I really appreciate Alabama for putting out a historical tune such as this !

    Warmest regards

  7. FloeleB

    The best song!!

  8. Sally Gentry

    My daddy....So proud...I love you <3

  9. doughesson

    Where?At the Coliseum?

  10. obatem

    To me one of their best songs ever!!!! I saw them in concert in Memphis Tn in the early 80's and that was the first time I heard it. Thanks for posting.