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    Streets Of Laredo

    Traditional, as performed by Arlo Guthrie

    Capo 4


    Intro:  / C - - / G - - / Am - - / G - - /

                / C - - / F - - / C - - / G - - /

                / C - - / G - - / Am - - / G - - /

                / C - - / F - - / G - - / C - - / - - - /


         C             F               C              G

    As I walked out in the streets of Laredo,

         C            F           C           G

    As I walked out in Laredo one day,

        C                    F                C                    G

    I spied a poor cowboy all wrapped in white linen,

            Am                  Dm       G               C (x2)

    All wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay.


         C                F              C             G

    "I see by your outfit that you are a cowboy,"

                 C                 F          C                    G

    These words he did say as I proudly stepped by.

                C                F                C                 G

    "Come sit down beside me and hear my sad story,

           Am           Dm              G                 C (x2)

    I'm shot in the breast and I know I must die."


                C                F         C               G

    "'Twas once in the saddle I used to go dashing,

             C                F        C               G

    Was once in the saddle I used to go gay,

    C                  F              C                  G

    First led to drinkin', and then to card playin',

           Am            Dm                  G        C (x2)

    Got shot in the breast and I'm dying today."


            C            F                C           G

    "Get six jolly cowboys to carry my coffin,

           C               F                 C           G

    Get six pretty gals come to carry my pall.

                 C               F        C             G

    Throw bunches of roses all over my coffin,

    Am          Dm            G                 C (x2)

    Roses to deaden the clods as they fall."



               C                    F              C             G

    "Oh, beat the drum slowly and play the fife lowly,

      C                    F                   C           G

    Play the dead march as you carry me along.

                  C                      F          C                 G

    Take me to the green valley and lay the earth o'er me,

        Am              Dm                G                       C (x2)

    For I'm a poor cowboy and I know I've done wrong."


            C                     F              C                  G

    We beat the drum slowly and played the fife lowly,

           C           F               C                   G

    And bitterly wept as we carried him along.

                  C                 F                C                       G

    For we all loved our comrade, so brave young and handsome,

         Am                Dm             G                       C (x2)

    We all loved our comrade although he'd done wrong.


    Repeat Intro, end on first beat of final C chord










    This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.