Marty Robbins - The Master's Call Lyrics




When I was but a young man I was wild and full of fire
A youth within my teens, but full of challenge and desire
I ran away from home and left my mother and my dad
I know it grieved them so to think their only boy was bad.

I fell in with an outlaw band, their names were known quite well
How many times we robbed and plundered, I could never tell
This kind of sinful living leads only to a fall
I learned that much and more the night I heard my Master call.

One night we rustled cattle, a thousand head or so
And started them out on the trail that leads to Mexico
But a norther started blowing and lightning flashed about
I thought someone was calling me, I thought I heard a shout.

Then at that moment lightning struck not twenty yards from me
And left there was a giant cross where once there was a tree
And this time I knew I heard a voice, a voice so sweet and strange
A voice that came from everywhere, a voice that called my name.

So frightened I was thinking of sinful deeds I'd done
I failed to see the thousand head of cattle start to run
The cattle they stampeded, were running all around
My pony ran but stumbled and it threw me to the ground.

I felt the end was near, that death would be the price
When a mighty bolt of lightning showed the face of Jesus Christ
And I cried oh Lord forgive me, don't let it happen now
I want to live for you alone, Oh God these words I vow.

My wicked past unfolded, I thought of wasted years
When another bolt of lightning killed a hundred head of steers
And the others rushed on by me and I was left to live
The Master had a reason, life is his to take or give.

A miracle performed that night, I wasn't meant to die
The dead ones formed a barricade least six or seven high
And right behind it there was I, afraid but safe and sound
I cried and begged for mercy kneeling there upon the ground.

A pardon I was granted, my sinful soul set free
No more to fear the angry waves upon life's stormy sea
Forgiven by the love of God, a love that will remain
I gave my life and soul the night the Saviour called my name...





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Marty Robbins The Master's Call Comments
  1. Clint Ewing

    just found this song and loving every second of it

  2. To Cool

    This song gives chills, i understand how it makes people cry.

  3. peter griffinTV

    God exists deal with it

  4. Lil Grape

    I don't like Christian songs but damn this one hits hard

  5. GV S

    i cannot pay attention to the words for more than three seconds, i still love his songs but can anyone relate?

    Alex Bassett

    The words are what make this song so amazing.....That and the fact that Marty Robbins is one of the best singers of all time

  6. SwaggerNauts365

    Perhaps the greatest album of all time. Every track is memorable, and the atmosphere and style is palpable. Conjures imagery of the old west and that frontier spirit in the minds of all Americans.

  7. snaker9er

    I'm the type that can listen to black metal and then throw on some Marty Robbins what an absolute legend, inspiring stuff

  8. Nikolaos Mosxakis

    my love song from 1968 nikos tarantella xersonisos

  9. Elijah Johnson

    please don't ruin this with a religious or anti religious agenda it's a good song with heart and a good meaning in the end even if you don't believe in god (me) you can still understand the lesson of not being a robber or a killer and if you disagree then screw you a song is ment to be the interpretation of the listener and can mean what you want it to mean

  10. Jack the Junky

    Hey... This isnt Big Iron...

  11. Samuel Collins

    anyone else get goose bumps?

  12. Budahbaba

    When i turned to Jesus Christ, fortunately it didn't have to include the slaughter of cattle and friends. I realized that i was the one who was screwing up my own life. Jesus offered me a way to be measured differently instead of my own failures, his righteousness.


    EDIT: & i would be remiss if i did not credit this song, which was one of my earliest influences as a child, in my adult decision to choose Jesus Christ

  13. GhostLink92

    When a Deathclaw hits you but you have 1 hp left...

  14. Haylen Rendeluk

    I think of John and Arthur

  15. Flapcakes524

    The tree of knowledge (sin) was shaved into a cross (retribution).

  16. Flapcakes524

    Oh by the way, Nords are real. And Ragnarok is coming. Shiver...... shiver........

  17. Flapcakes524

    I recieved Jesus Christ the Lord Our God, and experienced everything this dude said.
    All you people out there beguiled by satan, I am sorry for you.
    All you people out there saved by Jesus Christ, you have a great gift, you do not know. Praise.

  18. Francisco Rojas

    The master takes care of the worthy

  19. Bama Man

    Imagine this but animated, like the classic bible cartoons

  20. Linda Shively

    One of the best western songs ever! it always reduces me to tears!

  21. Michał Winkler

    I can smell inspiration for the song 'Help!' here

  22. Arutero

    Am I the only one that gets chills listening or singing to this?

  23. Grun Wald

    1.2K Dislikes???????????

  24. C Synch

    Glendale's very own

  25. playlist man

    if your on keyboard hold space

  26. Cletus Gentry

    And I thought I hated Christian music

  27. Wild West Gunslinger

    Masterpiece. It's a shame he only made one western album.

    Alex Bassett

    More Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, The Return of the Gunfigter, Saddle Tramp, The Drifter....and a few more. He re uses some of the songs but this was not the only western album he made

  28. Jesse Bright

    These comments are cringe

  29. Brayden Thomason

    Anyone else going to cry😭

  30. Gavin the Comrade

    My church plays this song

  31. Rob Siv

    He's so damn good at singing.

  32. Aris Sp

    crazy voice and crazy guitar work in every song of his. too bad the mix silence the guitar

  33. Stuart Wilson

    love the ps2 graphics cowboy

  34. Willem DaFuckedUp

    Criminal that this song isn't in the RDR2 prologue

  35. Stone Block

    This song is the only thing that can bring not religious people to like not religious music.

  36. Didno

    I do not like country at all, like I jist cannot stand country. Marty Robbins is the one exception, his music is gorgeous. I first found his song Big Iron from TikTok and I’ve started listening to his other music. I have to say I am impressed. I rarely ever like other songs from artists.

  37. Bentstraightjackit

    Boot Hill gospel

  38. Ashley Woods

    Real country not like today’s hick hop

  39. Okie Dokie

    I wish I can have a Playstation model of myself on my album too.....

  40. Clouds

    1:05 that harmony is so good!

  41. EmanStew

    I'm listening to this and it makes me cry for no reason

  42. Sadmiral

    1.1k only boys were bad

  43. Rudy Flores

    Does anyone agree this should have been a soundtrack to Red Dead Redemption?

  44. Double'O Benis

    New Vegas am i right

  45. Joe Intagliata

    Vibe check from god

  46. Maxwell Taylor

    my favorite country artist. no profanity, no sex, no beer and in this song God

  47. Panda boy

    F in the chat boys we lost a legend

  48. DrSlee

    He is going cuck Mexico now

  49. arizona_ ranger__

    Every time I listen to this, it gives me chills. It always reminds me that our life’s purpose is to live for Him.

  50. One Salty boi

    You can’t go to a Marty Robbins song about hearing about big iron

  51. Miles Rudduck

    1.1k people are retarded

  52. Jayden {Templar}

    I love how we can all get together, just commenting on this music of wonders on our phones, or laptops.

  53. GECKman88

    This emotionally hit me hard. Damn.

  54. MisterSpooks

    *_when the big iron isn’t enough_*

  55. Frozi_O

    I wish there would be more artists who did this story type of thing it's quite interesting really

  56. Jesse The Koolest Kid

    I'm not religious but fuck this is a good song

  57. thomas Andersen

    Amazing song. Not religious AT ALL, but can always enjoy great music.

  58. unwelcome immigrant

    When I was but a young man, I was wild and full of fire
    A youth within my teens, but full of challenge and desire
    I ran away from home and left my mother and my dad
    I know it grieved them so to think their only boy went bad
    I fell in with an outlaw band, their names were known quite well
    How many times we robbed and plundered, I could never tell
    This kind of sinful living, leads only to a fall
    I learned that much and more the night I heard my Master's call
    One night we rustled cattle, a thousand head or so
    And started then out on the trail that leads to Mexico
    When a norther started blowing and lightning flashed about
    I thought someone was calling me, I thought I heard a shout
    Then at that moment lightning struck not twenty yards from me
    And left there was a giant cross where once there was a tree
    This time I knew I heard a voice, a voice so sweet and strange
    A voice that came from everywhere, a voice that called my name
    So frightened I was thinking of sinful deeds I'd done
    I failed to see the thousand head of cattle start to run
    The cattle they stampeded, were running all around
    My pony ran but stumbled and it threw me to the ground
    I felt the end was near, that death would be the price
    When another bolt of lightning showed the face of Jesus Christ
    And I cried oh Lord forgive me, don't let it happen now
    I want to live for you alone, Oh God these words I vow
    My wicked past unfolded and I thought of wasted years
    When another bolt of lightning killed a hundred head of steers
    And the others rushed on by me and I was left to live
    The Master had a reason, life is his to take or give
    A miracle performed that night, I wasn't meant to die
    The dead ones formed a barricade nearly six or seven high
    And right behind it there was I, afraid but safe and sound
    I cried in vain for mercy kneeling there upon the ground
    A pardon I was granted, my sinful soul set free
    No more to fear the angry waves upon life's stormy seas
    Forgiven by the love of God, a love that will remain
    I learned that much and more the night the Saviour called my name

  59. fu google

    86 or 87 high...
    I gave my life and soul the night the savior called my name ...

  60. Ethan Wentworth

    Congrats For Million Views.

  61. Daniel Lipko

    I’m not a Christian, but I still love and appreciate this song. Too many people can’t look past religion’s minutiae and baggage and truly appreciate the meaning and spirituality of music

  62. Unoriginal Name

    Maybe I’ll give religion a change.

  63. Willem DaFuckedUp

    I love this almost more than Big Iron

    Stone Block

    beats it for me

    Willem DaFuckedUp

    @Stone Block Yeah, it's grown on me

  64. srdd nrsmn

    How in the hell does this have 1K dislikes? ?

    Humphrey Smiggens

    It's pretty much at 10% disliked. Satanists or EDM fans I'm guessing

    National socialist american Workers party NSAWP

    srdd nrsmn red atheists who hate our lord

    Corona Zenith

    Commies

  65. chris villagomez

    this is low key gangster

  66. Danky booce

    This album is to Marty Robbins as Master of Puppets was to Metallica. Masterpiece.

  67. Hobo & Meatball @ The Movies

    This returned me to my faith. That and Hannibal the tv series. Look, it's complicated.

  68. suzie

    The Only good kind of country music.

    Michael Hayes

    Western country the only thing

  69. jingle bells

    I swear to fucking god...

  70. TheLastCrusader

    We need more people like Marty Robbins and Johnny Horton

    HAYWHA A

    Hold my horse

  71. Lonely Potato

    That title is pretty metal

  72. Top 10’s !

    This is a great song 👍

  73. Spencer Ott

    This song genuinely makes me falter and tear up everytime I try to sing it.

  74. Jinxed Angelz

    I'm so glad my late father introduced me to his records, and no other genre of music can calm me down like this lovely western ballad genre. I can get through a lot with this type of music, and I wish it was still like this!

  75. Aidan Murphy

    Reminds me of Arthur Morgan.

  76. ItsMazoPlays

    Marty Robbins Masters Call or Johnny Cash Ghost Riders in the Sky?

    Benjamin Majerik

    Good toss up.

    DShiflet01

    Marty did Ghost Riders in the Sky as well, so he kinda has an advantage heh

  77. Drillary Clinton

    Allahu Ekber, god bless you marty. Ti si meni sehid.

  78. tony brown

    Great song ,gets me every time,,

  79. Dennis Cook

    I want ro live for you alone my master

  80. ElricWilliam

    Gosh what a powerful song. I cant help but feel like this song follows me and my days of the carnival but its really about the traveller when they realise its time to make amends and to quit running. I Gotta go home to winnpeg soon, my grandmother needs me.

  81. nerf

    back then theres no beer just badass's and good people now its just shit people getting killed by fuckboys like the killer who kill xxx and sad now but I just wish I lived in that time the 60's are 70's
    just like my father

    Benjamin Majerik

    xxxtinct

  82. BIKUTA 98

    **Remember Arthur Morgan**

  83. allah snack bar

    Beautiful song ❤

  84. Julian Natale

    Is this a sequel to Big iron? Or possibly a prequel

  85. Devil Babe

    Being a queer Christian and recently getting my faith back, this song gives me hope and fills me with love. God thank you for making me different and loving me all the same!! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

    jiggus figgus

    @Devil Babe On youtube? You know He has better things to do instead of reading all this crap right?

    Devil Babe

    jiggus figgus well god loves me so he’ll read it

    Colton Walker

    @jiggus figgus But you don't have better things to do than insulting people on the internet?

    Scp- 2399

    That’s awesome I hope you are still doing well

    Devil Babe

    My nibba cheese Yeet thank you! I am! I appreciate the kindness ❤️

  86. Jay Nadeau

    Yo this slaps

  87. Ʌrchetype

    This song could have played on black mountain.
    Praise the Master.

    I main Mercy and my life is pathetic.

    Ʌrchetype Praise Mighty Tabitha!

  88. Followah of Christ

    Why does this not have millions of fews like a stupid Ninja video gets???

  89. mannu vera

    One of the best albums of all time

  90. Dom510

    RIP Arthur Morgan, greatest fictional character ever created.

    Salad-in

    @Sammie1053 Red Dead 2's protag.

    Michael Hayes

    @Sammie1053 RDR2 main character, you should really play it's pretty good game.

    Alex Nesbitt

    I'm afraid..

  91. Dale Cresswell

    My mother has this album. I've listened to it many times. This song still is very moving. RIP. Marty Robbins. thank you so much.

  92. Tryingtobesunshine 28

    I'm 13 and I'll proudly say this type of music is REAL

  93. Alyssa yo

    Where has Marty Robbins been all my life, the best stuff I've heard in a while.

    Michael Hayes

    In a grave

  94. OrphicVideos

    I’m not American. I’m not Christian. I don’t like country. No one I know showed me this. I still think it might be the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard. It’s haunted me for more than a decade. Unforgettable.

  95. Lo God

    Rest In Power Papa💙

  96. Robert Herrera

    What a powerful song! Brings tear to my eye every time I listen

  97. Gapehorner

    Amazing album

  98. Jordan

    3 years