As I walked out on the streets of Laredo As I walked out on Laredo one day I spied a young cowboy all wrapped in white linen All wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay
Beat the drum slowly and play the fife lowly Play the dead march as you carry me along Take me to the green valley lay the sod o'er me For I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong
Then go write a letter and send it to my grey haired mother And please send the same to my sister so dear But please not one word of all this would you mention When other should ask for my story to hear
There is another more dear than a sister She'll bitterly weep when she hears that I'm gone And if some other man every wins her affection Don't mention my name and my name will pass on
Just beat the drum slowly...
Get six jolly cowboys to carry my coffin Get six pretty maidens to sing me a song Put bunches of roses all over my coffin Roses to deaden the clods when they fall
We beat the drum slowly played the fife lowly We bitterly wept as we bore him along Down in the green valley we laid this sod o'er him Just the young cowboy who surely gone wrong