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AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS 163
THE TEXAS RANGERS
Come all you Texas Rangers wherever you may be, I'll tell you of some trouble which happened unto me.
My name 'tis nothing extra, the truth to you I'll tell, Come all you jolly Rangers, I'm sure I wish you well.
It was the age of sixteen I joined the royal band, We marched from San Antonio, unto the Rio Grande.
Our captain he informed us, perhaps he thought
'twas right, Before we reached the station, he was sure we would
have to fight.
It was one morning early, our captain gave command, "To arms, to arms," he shouted, "and by your horses stand."
We heard those Indians coming, we heard them give
their yell, My feelings at that moment no human tongue can tell.
We saw their smoke arising, it almost reached the
sky, My feelings at that moment, now is my time to die.