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Red Headed Stranger
lyrics and chords

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Red Headed Stranger lyrics and chords are intended for your personal use, it's a classic by Willie Nelson. This old ballad tells quite a story, it's fun and easy to learn, all the chords are easy.


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Red Headed Stranger
recorded by Willie Nelson                          [3/4 time]
written by Edith Linderman and Carl Stutz
The red-headed stranger from Blue Rock, Montana
Rode into town one day
    C                     F            C
And under his knees was a raging black stallion
    D7                   G7
And walking behind was a bay
The red-headed stranger had eyes like thunder
And lips that were sad and tight
    C                     F               C
His little lost love lay asleep on the hillside
                  G7       C
And his heart was heavy as night
So don't cross him don't boss him
He's wild in his sorrow
He's riding and he's hiding his pain
Don't fight him don't spite him
Just wait 'til tomorrow
            G7      C
Maybe he'll ride on again
A yellow-haired lady leaned out of her window
And watched as he passed her way
    C                            F            C
And she drew back in fear at the sight of the stallion
         D7                 G7
But cast greedy eyes on the bay
But how could she know that the dancing bay pony
Meant more to him than life
    C                           F           C
For this was the horse that his little lost darling
                G7          C
Had ridden when she was his wife
Repeat #3
The yellow-haired lady went down to the tavern
And looked up the stranger there
   C                         F             C
He bought her a drink and he gave her some money
       D7                  G7
But he just didn't seem to care
She followed him out as he saddled his stallion
And laughed as she grabbed at the bay
   C                          F               C
He shot her so quick they had no time to warn her
          G7           C
She never heard anyone say
Repeat #3
The yellow-haired lady was buried at sunset
The stranger went free of course
    C                        F         C
For you can't hang a man for killing a woman
      D7                   G7
Who's trying to steal your horse
Now this is the tale of the red-headed stranger
And if he should pass your way
     C                      F            C
Stay out of the path of the raging black stallion
                G7          C
And don't lay a hand on the bay
Repeat #3


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This old song is a good one to add to your repertoire, it's well known and easy to do. Print these Red Headed Stranger lyrics and chords, practice a while then enjoy a good old country song.