Gunfight song
August 15, 2005 10:22 PM   Subscribe

Cowboy filter: I need to find an old country / western song.

Relevant details: It's a country / western ballad about a mean young cocky gunslinger who works his way around from town to town looking for the best opponent. Each time, he challenges his opponent to a duel at sundown and each time he makes sure his opponent is facing the setting sun. This is a dirty little trick to give him an advantage, however when he comes to a particular town looking for trouble he challenges a retired Texas ranger who reluctantly agrees to meet the young gunslinger at sunset for a showdown.

As the sun sets, they both draw and the old cowboy shoots two shots dropping the gunslinger before he can shoot. Turns out the retired ranger was blind and therefore not hindered by the setting sun.

What is the name of this song!?
posted by letterneversent to Media & Arts (4 answers total)
Best answer: The Ballad of Bill Thaxton?
posted by madajb at 12:07 AM on August 16, 2005

Response by poster: My god, how do you know that? Thank you so much! I searched google fruitlessly.
posted by letterneversent at 3:15 AM on August 16, 2005

Yay! Marty Robbins!
posted by small_ruminant at 11:18 AM on August 16, 2005

I knew I'd heard it before, it was just a matter of finding the right google-fu to dig up the lyrics.
posted by madajb at 12:41 PM on August 16, 2005

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