The Girls From Texas (Ry Cooder)

Well, I met a girl from Texas 'bout a year ago Hadn't known her for too long when I had to let her go You see, she had a razor, was ten inches or so And every night you'd hear her knocking at my door She said, Baby, I'll give you the clothes on my back You can have everything that I've got in my shack But if you ever try to leave they'll take your out in sack Cause me and my razor will see to that" That's the way the girls are from Texas That's the way the girls are from Texas That's the way the girls are from Texas I thought about my situation, decided not to tarry For my own self preservation I decided we should marry When the preacher started reading bout till death do us part I told him, "Skip it, we had that understanding right from the start" That's the way the girls are from Texas That's the way the girls are from Texas Houston to San Antone That's the way the girls are from Texas got to love'em right or leave em alone Well, we settled down, got me a little old job, 65 Fairlane Ford Every Friday night I would stop in and cash my pay check down at the grocery store They had a little girl worked in there, must have been about seventeen She was the cutest thing I had ever seen It's the same old story and I'm afraid it wasn't too very long Before we had fallen deeply in love and I knew it was wrong I said baby, we got to stop this thing right here Or my woman is gonna cut my throat from ear to ear, that's right Tearful suffocation, she looked up in my face I could feel her heart was breaking as these sad words she did say "You should have told me you was married, baby" She pulled out a forty-five and let me have it, right smack between the eyes That's the way the girls are from Texas That's the way the girls are from Texas That's the way the girls are from Texas She was guilty, I was dead Now, what'd you think that the old judge said ? "Ah, that's just the way the girls are down here in Texas Case dismissed!" That's the way the girls are from Texas That's the way the girls are from Texas Houston to San Antone That's the way the girls are from Texas got to love'em right or leave'em alone, boy