McClinton, Delbert - Lone Star Blues Lyrics




At a truck stop in San Angelo
I saw a billboard 'bout this rodeo
Last weekend out in El Paso
So I signed up to ride

I drew a bull called Original Sin
I heard he'd killed a couple of men
I figured this was somethin' I could win
Cause the devil was on my side

I was havin' myself one hell of a ride
But I ended up disqualified
That danged old bull just up and died
Before they blew the whistle

When I got them north Texas blues
Thought I'd paid all my dues
Then them south Texas blues
Told me son you ain't through
Had them east Texas blues
And them west Texas too
I've done all I know to do
Tryin' to lose, tryin' to lose
These lone star blues

Got laid off at Brown & Root
Then on my way back to Cut and Shoot
Lost my wristwatch and my boots
Shootin' dice with a dude from Houston

Ain't no jobs here workin' cattle
So I got on part time haulin' gravel
With some outfit from Seattle
Down here buildin' custom homes

When I got them north Texas blues
Thought I'd paid all my dues
Then them south Texas blues
Told me son you ain't through
Had them east Texas blues
And them west Texas too
I've done all I know to do
Tryin' to lose, tryin' to lose
These lone star blues

Gassed my truck and packed my clothes
Turned in my key and hit the road
I said Cowtown's where I'll go
You never know I might get lucky

Got a friend there turning knobs
At a place called Billy Bob's
He said he could get me a job there
Workin' as a bouncer

First night on the job was just insane
Some ol' boy got all deranged
Hit me in the head with a Harley chain
To this day my ears still ring

When I got them north Texas blues
Thought I'd paid all my dues
Then them south Texas blues
Told me son you ain't through
Had them east Texas blues
And them west Texas too
I've done all I know to do
Tryin' to lose, tryin' to lose
These lone star blues





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  1. Bob Suffolk

    Thank You Imus RIP, for turning me on to Delbert

  2. breakdown 383

    who is the woman that pats delbert on the butt?

  3. Randolph Scott

    I could dance all night to this music ! ( beats the hell out of that twangy yuppie crap that’s now known as country)

  4. Hugh Jones

    Who plays the young long haired cowboy with the video camera in the story in this song? No credit!

  5. Rick Keogh

    Delbert, Lauderdale, Crowell. Wow!!!

  6. Steve Eisenberg

    This is a perfect country song. The voice and words are perfect. The fiddler played the only fiddle solo I ever liked. The steel guitar guy held the whole thing together perfectly. I have this song on all of my computers and phones and so-forth, and I don't even listen to country.

  7. tippimail1

    If this song and video don't make you want to slap your granny, nothin' will.Hush my mouth.

  8. Steven Head

    North Texas blues

  9. breakdown 383

    is the woman that pats him on the butt dianne sawyer?

  10. nice

    This is pretty good otd be #1 on the radio bit for Delbert sings it bwaaahahaha

  11. Hugh Jones

    GAWD! What song lyrics! Great musicianship. Delbert has THE VOICE! LOVE this song and I HAD A REAL GOOD TIME. It was the last song Imus played when he got done with WABC last week. So that is how I got here. Just discovered Delbert! & that IS a country name!

  12. Shane Hall

    cause I can sing all of those songs about Texas and I still do all of the sad ones that I know to quote a song by David Allan Coe

  13. Siryvonne Bell

    I heard him Outlaw Country today. He has a book out and everything. I'm liking this song

  14. Robert Schmitt

    Best voice in Texas!

  15. John Cogburn

    Delbert is one of the masters of Texas music, I'd say up there Willie and Doug Sahm, primarily because Delbert, Willie and Doug are/were so at home and conversant with several of the essential Texas styles, both country and blues. Delbert is a world-class harmonica player. In this video, besides Kinky, I saw Rodney Crowell and Leroy Parnell. I met Leroy because my friend Rob (Leroy's little brother) blew harmonica with Leroy and his band in a little cinder block roadhouse beer joint between Bryan and Caldwell in 1983.

  16. Shane Hall

    cause I can sing all of those songs about Texas and I still do all of the sad ones that I know said David Allan Coe

  17. Kevin Kitterle

    best video ever

  18. AcrossTheStageLIVE

    http://www.siriusxm.com/outlawcountry • ̈* ̈ ♪••♫♪ ••♫ • ̈* ̈

  19. Dave Logsdon

    Best Blues in Texas!

  20. K. D.

    Greatest musician ever....and I'm R&B guy :)

  21. Bo Darville

    Trucking in Texas I got em

  22. goat 68

    good music

  23. Shane Hall

    Damn I miss Texas and some family and friends there but getting run over by a car relocated me to Illinois

  24. Larry Hubbard

    The person referred to as "a guy w/a Harley chain" looks like Steve Bruton(RIP)

  25. oleole52

    Kind of shows the respect this man gets.Great writer,player,and just about the best singer I've ever heard.

  26. Darren Rogers

    AH-HA!!!!!  I've found it!  Real country music!!  <3

  27. austin teutsch

    Two facts. Delbert has been around a long time cause he taught John Lennon how to play the harmonica. And number two, he was the driving force behind a 60's group called the Ron-Dels who had a hit called IF YOU REALLY WANT ME TO, I'LL GO.  He's the man for sure.  Love that old hard core country. 

  28. epistte

    Who is the older gentleman in the white shirt behind the bar:48:?
    Who is lady with the acoustic guitar that Ronnie Dunn is putting the moves on at the bar?

    Purple Hayes

    I saw Kix Brooks but must have missed Ronnie Dunn.

    epistte

    @Purple Hayes I mistook Lee Roy Parnell for Ronnie Dunn.  1:00. Who is the woman that is he flirting with?

    The Farm Road Hooligan

    the lady is Theresa Earnhardt

  29. michael c. parrish

    I WAS ON MAIN STREET YESTERDAY  DOWN TOWN COW TOWN in a big red peterbuilt pulling a rock bucket

  30. Philip Ernst

    Cast list:
    The video features several special guests including Kix Brooks (Brooks & Dunn), Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss, Lee Roy Parnell, Bekka Bramlett, Jim Lauderdale, Jessi Alexander, producer Gary Nicholson, Jeffrey Steele, Billy Dean, Teresa Earnhardt (widow of late NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt) and Rodney Crowell as the "Dude from Houston."

    gsenski

    2:15 looks like Mike Moncrief 43rd mayor of Fort Worth, Texas, not sure if it's him.

    epistte

    Is that Tanya Tucker @2:05?

  31. Kelli Hollinger

    Pam Tillis and Suzy Boggus are playing pool. Who is the blonde at 2:05? Ashley Cleveland or Tanya Tucker?

    Is the owner of "Bill Bobs" Kinky Freeman?

    bobbman

    That is Bekka Bramlett, the daughter of Delaney and Bonnie

    ricbassdude47

    Not sure who" the owner" is but it's not Kinky,might be the real owner.

  32. Ron Creech

    Lee Roy Parnell, too.

  33. RIDETHESUNSHINE

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DELBERT McCLINTON!!!  4 November 2014

  34. Rick Hartline

    Get the hell outta Texas lol...last line in the video...

  35. Rick Hartline

    Check out the dudes in this vid...Rodney Crowell for one and JD Lauderdale for another....This video is outstanding...Nobody does it like Delbert...Love ya buddy

    JS Johnson

    I saw Kix Brooks, Billy Dean, Jeffrey Steele (I think) and Rodney Crowell, and I'm sure there's more.

    JS Johnson

    A second look revealed Pam Tillis and Leroy Parnell.

    geepeerces

    Is that Suzy Bogguss playing pool?

    Ted Hobbs

    Yep
    @geepeerces

  36. idisagree61

    Boy, I just love this video! I like the old boy at the bar that pounds on the bar every time he wants a shot! Cracks me up every time I see it. The music and lyrics are great as well.

    Kelli Hollinger

    Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn.

    idisagree61

    Thanks Kelli for the info!

  37. labtide

    Beats the Hell outta that "Bubble Gum Country" Nashville's puttin out these days.

    ricbassdude47

    Ain't that the damn truth

  38. Lowell Thomas, Jr.

    He shore ken sing, can he not ? LOL

  39. Steve Stunning

    This is real country. I don't know why Delbert isn't one of the biggest and richest stars in all of country music.

    Joe Kelly

    I think I know why: 30 years in both Rock & Country revealed the nasty truth:
    He's too R & B for Rock - too Country for Rock. Plus Delbert sounded black - way back in the mid- 60's- long before video could be reassured he was white. Elvis had the same problem until his appearance on Ed Sullivan's show. The parents of America feel didn't mind after that. Didn't mind their daughters wanting to F him & they sons wanting to BE him.

  40. Steve Barrentine

    the cowboy with bad luck is jeffery steele. one of nashvilles most prolific songwriters

  41. barry fletcher

    this is a great song.

  42. Chuck Finley

    I have Room to Breathe somewhere. I need to dig it up and give it a listen now.

  43. Dickey Ayabe

    Fandango Oh iiwa!!!

  44. colfair

    A sign of the mans standing is how many stars are in his Vid, they dont do that for just anyone !

  45. Joe Ochoa

    The story of my life.

  46. epistte

    Who is Billy Bobs owner?

    Who is the bartender at 1:48? 3:32-Amy Grant?

    Who is Ronny Dunn flirting with at the bar?

  47. VA24541

    @reggiemag I am sure that's Dennis Quaid with the Harley chain. I cannot spot Kinky though.

  48. rollinthunderoad

    f'ing great song and video

  49. maxxxx1972

    @reggiemag Vince Gill?

  50. Henry Davila

    The real DMC!

  51. Billy Reeves

    man i love that song. some great cameos in this vid. this my friends is real TEXAS COUNTRY.