Marty Robbins - The Ballad Of Bill Thaxton Lyrics

Bill Thaxton was an ex-ranger
One of the bravest by far
It's said that old Bill was the fastest man ever
To pin on a ranger's star
Stories about him were legends
Bill was the best of the bold
Bad men all feared him way back in his day
But he was now growing old

Into Bill's town rode an outlaw
He wore his gun low and tied down
He reined in his horse and announced to the crowd
"If you speak to me call me Sundown"
His clothes were all dark and fancy
And topped by a black leather vest
Somebody asked how he came by his name
And if he was one of the best.

The eyes of the tall stranger narrowed
He grinned like the devil possessed
"I never fight till the sun's going down
And my back is facing the West"

Said he wouldn't be with us tomorrow
He only rode in for one thing
He only stopped by to make Bill Thaxton die
So he could add to his fame.
"Go give Bill Thaxton a message
And tell him a killer's in town
Tell him we'll meet at the end of the street
Just as the sun's going down"

Somebody said it had been years
Since old Bill had toted a gun
Sundown replied that it wasn't his hide
Killing old Bill would be fun
The old ranger sent back his answer
"Tell him that I'm on my way
I've never ran and I'll meet this young man
At any time of the day"

Bill got there just about sunset
It still hung like fire in the sky
In just a few moments out there in the street
Old Bill or the outlaw would die

Slowly Bill slid from the saddle
And started to make his advance
The sun hit the old ranger square in the eyes
The shadows had started to dance
Bill started talking to Sundown
Judging his distance that way
Their stride was the same and at just thirty feet
Both of the men made their play

Bill's gun slipped leather like lightning
His forty-four spoke with a whine
The sun didn't bother Bill Thaxton at all
Because the old ranger was blind
Six shots delivered their message
The ranger had emptied his gun
Bill gave a sigh when there was no reply
He knew that once more he had won

The old ranger lowered his six gun
He just stood there starting ahead
Watching you'd think that old Bill didn't know
In front of him Sundown lay dead

Bill has been gone for a long time
But old timers still can recall
The day the old ranger stood up to the test
And proved he was best of them all

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Marty Robbins The Ballad Of Bill Thaxton Comments
  1. Muddy Bottom

    Play this song at my funeral

  2. Al Milani


  3. Dan Collier

    What a song, what a man

  4. Deborah Blades


  5. Thomas Russell

    Beautiful voice

  6. arileypdx

    BIll is big iron

  7. Lynn Miller

    Loved his old ballads back when it was cAlled COUNTRY AND WESTERN the new country just doesn't compare.

  8. John Benn

    GOD---That glorious voice.
    In my opinion Marty had one of the finest male voices of all time in any genre.
    From a mad keen 76yo Aussie fan.

  9. Primrose Haran

    Fantastic marty just love him he is simply the greatest singer ever


    One of the best songs I know

  11. J.T

    What if Bill was the Arizona ranger when he was old?

  12. Kommissar

    Fallout 3 is garbage and this is why

    Rafael Hernandez

    Kommissar what does Fallout 3 have to do with this


    Rafael Hernandez a video by hbomberguy with that title that had this song in the video

    budder hoe

    @Rafael Hernandez this music is in fallout new vegas

    Landon Jeffery

    Degenerates like you belong on a cross.

    Jacob Nash

    This is probably the best part of Fallout 3... So it's not to blame.

  13. Nathan Miller

    233 dislikes? What? Im guessing it is from an angry youtuber because the other video of this on youtube has very little dislikes.

  14. Gabe Vink

    Bill an ex-ranger who used a big iron to kill Texas Red, a Running gun

    Marty Robbins

    I don't think so


    @Marty Robbins subscribed just because of your name

    prylosec or something

    i like this idea


    It's not even possible though

    Damjan Majdandžić

    I mean it is possible you know.... There is a time line, the song i found out has no time line is "Billy the Kid" for it was made from the man who died 2 times if you know his story. Lissen to the full album "Gunfighter Ballads" and you will maybe find the time line. Take some paper and write some information that sound important from all the songs. Then try to figure out the time line of the songs.

  15. Because Reasons

    Another gem from the man himself.
    I don't know what I like more,
    Pride and The Badge or this.

  16. Deborah Dyess

    Anyone who dislikes Marty Robbins has no taste he is the greatest balladeer ever and my favorite singer ever

    Jackman The4th

    Deborah Dyess agreed! Marty is one of the greatest!!

  17. The Underground Man

    How is there such a high dislike ratio?

    GGX Gang member

    Probably from some sad individual who used dislike bots

    Average lad

    People don't like law enforcement these days