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Billy Joel The Ballad of Billy The Kid Lyrics

Last updated: 08/21/2011 11:00:00 AM

From a town known as Wheeling, West Virginia
Rode a boy with a six-gun in his hand
And his daring life of crime
Made him a legend in his time
East and west of the Rio Grande

Well, he started with a bank in Colorado
In the pocket of his vest, a Colt he hid
And his age and his size
Took the teller by surprise
And the word spread of Billy the Kid

Well, he never traveled heavy
Yes, he always rode alone
And he soon put many older guns to shame
And he never had a sweetheart
And he never had a home
But the cowboy and the rancher knew his name

Well, he robbed his way from Utah to Oklahoma
And the law just could not seem to track him down
And it served his legend well
For the folks, they'd love to tell
'Bout when Billy the Kid came to town

(PIANO INTERLUDE)

Well, one cold day a posse captured Billy
And the judge said, "String 'im up for what he did!"
And the cowboys and their kin
Like the sea came pourin' in
To watch the hangin' of Billy the Kid

Well, he never traveled heavy
Yes, he always rode alone
And he soon put many older guns to shame
And he never had a sweetheart
But he finally found a home
Underneath the boothill grave that bears his name

From a town known as Oyster Bay, Long Island
Rode a boy with a six-pack in his hand
And his daring life of crime
Made him a legend in his time
East and west of the Rio Grande

Thanks to Trogg48 for submitting The Ballad of Billy The Kid Lyrics.



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Billy The Kid | Reviewer: jeff murphy | 8/21/11

I have listened to this piece for well over twenty years. And it seems that every time I listen to it I gain a greater respect and admiration not only the Artist Billy Joel, but the producer and arranger. The song is timeless and well known among his loyal listeners.



The Power of Youth | Reviewer: Steve in OZ | 11/7/10

Billy Joel was in his early twenties when he wrote the Ballad of Billy the Kid ... the sheer power of his piano playing and the way he captures the essence of the time in this song is something that will stay with me forever. Thanks Billy - you really are the man