Ives, Burl - Cowboy's Lament Lyrics




As I walked out in the streets of Laredo
As I walked out in Laredo one day
I spied a young cowboy all wrapped in white linen
Wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay

I see by your outfit that you are a cowboy
These words he did say as I boldly walked by
Come sit down beside me and hear my sad story
I'm shot in the breast and I know I must die

It was once in the saddle I used to go dashing
Once in the saddle I used to go gay
First down to Rosie's and then to the card house
Got shot in the breast and I'm dying today

Get sixteen gamblers to carry my coffin
Get six jolly cowboys to sing me a song
Take me to the graveyard and lay the sod o'er me
For I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong

Get six jolly cowboys to carry my coffin
Get six pretty maidens to sing me a song
Take me to the valley and lay the sod o'er me
For I'm a young cowboy, I know I've done wrong

Who beat the drum slowly and played the fife lowly
Played the Dead March as they carry me along
Put bunches of roses all over my coffin
Roses to deaden the clods as they fall

As I walked out in the streets of Laredo
As I walked out in Laredo one day
I spied a young cowboy all wrapped in white linen
Wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay





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  1. serious

    This is really sad...at some point, the young, old, mighty, weak, beautiful, and plain will all join each other in that sad, cold, eternal march...

  2. William Knutson

    Burl Ives. Jimmy Durante... Jonathan Winter...so many others . Talented Americans who will not ever be replaced.

  3. Jason West

    Yes in Australia this was popular with the word cowboy changed to Stockman.The USA,South Africa and Australia have much in common in regards to White Man going out and taming inhospitable lands.I also think the wide open spaces & harshness of enviroment bought forth a spirit of endurance and resilience amongst the Cowboy,Stockman/Bushman and Boar.

  4. Michael Exman

    The Lament a undervalued aspect of song writing!!!

  5. Crazy organist

    Burl Ives just got a new fan. Such a beautiful voice.

  6. john zindler

    I love this song, I sung this as a child.

  7. ShirleyFor Tablet

    Burl Ives was in a class of his own ,loved him to bits ,one of his kind ,never to be repeated ,rip Bert , shirley h Darlington england 😁

  8. John Hiles

    Years ago there was an app for Fallout New Vegas' radio and this song was on it (This song is not on the official soundtrack). The app got removed/ I got a new phone and I never found the song until now and it sounds great.

  9. Татьяна Колесова

    Прекрасная песня! Барл - в сердце русских фанатов навсегда))))))) любим и помним

  10. Michael Lawson

    Dad used to play this on his guitar and sing it to me in the evenings on our farm in the desert in South Africa . Even in those days the old songs reached far.

    Jason West

    Yes in Australia this was popular with the word cowboy changed to Stockman.The USA,South Africa and Australia have much in common in regards to White Man going out and taming inhospitable lands.I also think the wide open spaces & harshness of enviroment bought forth a spirit of endurance and resilience amongst the Cowboy,Stockman/Bushman and Boar.

  11. Roger Nevez

    Anyone else watching Elton + Bernie scene from Rocketman ....

  12. rockey rocket

    i want this at my final gathering.

  13. south west

    Cowboy lament irish tune for sure

  14. Robert California

    Hell or highwater. Best underrated movie ever.

  15. Rkk O'Tilley

    The Original Outlaw

  16. weejams

    Wow what a powerful song about death. ghosts and the wild west.



    I will bet the wild west was safer than NYC today though. When everyone carries a gun you better be nice. Maybe the wild west that people made such a big deal out of was safer than New York City in our time and even back then even.


    Even Dodge, James Hickok never disarmed anyone but Wyatt Earp did and then moved west to Tombstone. Neither is not the great heroes that most people make them out to be. Well Hickok was just because his cojones hung to his knees and then dragged the ground. Learn about James Hickok and Joplin Mo. It takes some balls to be shot at and then shoot back.


    Wild Bill was killed in Deadwood and even our legend of Aces and 8s are still considered the dead man's hand. Very few men that I play poker with will take a pair of Aces and 8s and usually fold with two pair. I will and supposedly I am doomed especially with two pair of the same color. Screw it.

  17. TheRandyCrimeChannel Discontinued

    This channel has the best country music. I love coming here and finding new songs and singers.

  18. hudsontoo1212

    This specific version of this song makes me cry- like I literally cannot listen to it without getting teary eyed. Texans get it

    Nick Lopez

    I feel the exact same way. I too cannot listen to this tragedy without having tears flow down my cheeks. Just so beautiful and haunting.

    serious

    You don't have to be a Texan to feel the sadness and finality of death in this song...makes me cry too

  19. Robert Thomas

    Ive got the Buster Scruggs song stuck in my head and this pops up... What the fuck is the algorithm???

  20. Michael Cross

    Burl ,scum fact check seriously

  21. Contact Info

    lied and made up a story that Woody Guthrie was a commie. woody was mad at this rat, "GIVE US A NAME AND WE WILL LEAVE YOU ALONE" "OK WOODY"

  22. Tyrni Sanddorn

    Shame that you added that annoying ending... Such a great song and singer!

  23. dolly parton

    Sings like a songbird with a mouth packed with tobacco

  24. Pinellas American

    The song was mentioned in Willa Cather’s book, “My Antonia,” but, it was titled “for I am a cowboy and know I’ve done wrong.” I searched for that title and it brought me here.

    Notta Victim

    Pinellas American My Antonia, one of the most beautiful things ever written. There are passages in it where you just stop and close your eyes in awe of her writing.

  25. BobbeeRobbee

    It looks like he's got a serious tooth infection on his right side. That cheek looks puffed way up.
    Other pics I've seen of him don't look like that.

    I read he died from mouth cancer. (cigars and pipe) but he was diagnosed years after this movie came out.

    Drum44er

    It's called chewing tobacco

    BobbeeRobbee

    @Drum44er Ahh okay. That makes sense especially when you add the eventual oral cancer.

    Drum44er

    Yep Yep!! :)@BobbeeRobbee

    dolly parton

    His mouth is packed with chewing tobacco

  26. Peter Smith

    busta scruggz boiz, p.s. honestly the amount of time this rapper mentions breasts and gay, bredrin be trappin, he still got that fleek tho. Summing up in ye ol whitey talk, this video is quiet spiffy old chums

  27. Boby John

    It gets me everytime...

  28. Ari 31

    We are here because "The Ballade of Buster Scruggs" right??? 😅

    leonard wilson sr

    I am here for Burl Ives ,

    LettyK

    I'm here because this pulls on my heartstrings and brings back memories from my childhood.

    kate b

    Nope. Rocketman

  29. Gary Pace

    See pictures of Burl Ives in the bathtub taking a bubble bath in The Spiral Road. Burl Ives has big boobs for a man.

    ShaddyCrunchum

    Well he was obese.

  30. Clarence Russell

    The ballad of Buster Scruggs.

    john ham

    An Syphillis

    Dylan Kaiser

    Clarence Russell pan shot

  31. Phonotical

    Think he is miming, doesn't look very happy

    serious

    It's a sad song...

  32. Count Drac

    Cowboy's Lament in Burl Ives's voice is a song sung with proper emotions...💐 💕

  33. Steve Roberts

    I love Burl Ives; he is one of my favorite all-time singers, guitar players, and actor. In the 1950s because of his association with Connuminst-front peace groups and his asscociation

    Steve Roberts

    with Pete Seeger, the Almanac Singers, Woody Guthrie and other leftists he was called before HUAC. Instead of standing up to his accusers, he named names as he didn't want to be blacklisted from Hollywood. Many singers and actors refused to work with him but over the years as time heals all wounds, Pete and others began to sing with him once again. I always admired that johnny Cash acknowledged Burl's influence on him as a balladeer. I believed that's what broke the ice. I don't know what Burl Ives would think of today's country western singers and folk balladeers. I wish young people today would discover him.

  34. johnny llooddte

    love love love burl ivesssssssssssssssssssssss

  35. Glenn Johnson

    Glenn Johnson Agreed,Legend!Burl Ives a big favourite of my late mum`s.Wish she was here to share all this wonderful material.Thanks for sharing.

  36. Carmen Dawn Allan

    Legend. ☆♡ Great Share !!

  37. Bonnie Brown

    I've always liked Burl Ives . Thanks for sharing .

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  38. PumpkinStrikesBack

    Great classic