"In Lonesome Dove" as written by and Garth Brooks Cynthia Limbaugh-torres....
She was a girl on a wagon train
Haded west across the plains
The train got lost in a summer storm
They couldn't move west and they couldn't go home
Then she saw him ridin' through the rain
He took charge of the wagons and he saved the train
And she looked down and her heart was gone
The train went west but she stayed on
In Lonesome Dove

A farmer's daughter with a gentle hand
A blooming rose in a bed of sand
She loved the man who wore a star
A Texas Ranger known near and far
So they got married and they had a child
But times were touch and the West was wild
So it was no surprise the day she learned
That her Texas man would not return
To Lonesome Dove

Back to back with the Rio Grande
A Christian woman in the devil's land
She learned the language and she learned to fight
But she never learned how to beat the lonely nights
In Lonesome Dove, Lonesome Dove

She watched her boy grow into a man
He had an angel's heart and the devil's hand
He wore his star for all to see
He was a Texas lawman legacy
The one day word blew into town
It seemed the men that shot his father down
Had robbed a bank in Cherico
The only thing 'tween them and Mexico
Was Lonesome Dove

The shadows stretched across the land
As the shots rang out down the Rio Grande
And when the smoke had finally cleared the street
The men lay at the ranger's feet
But legend tells to this very day
That shots were comin' from an alleyway
Though no one knows who held the gun
There ain't no doubt if you ask someone
In Lonesome Dove
Back to back with the Rio Grande
A Christian woman in the devil's land
She learned the language and she learned to fight
But she never learned how to beat the lonely nights
In Lonesome Dove, Lonesome Dove


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"In Lonesome Dove" as written by Garth Brooks Cynthia Limbaugh-torres

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    General CommentThis song is great, I love the story.

    I think the meaning is very straight forward. It is about a woman who was traveling on a wagon train and met a ranger who helped them, everyone else went on but she stayed behind with him. She marries him and they have a son.

    One day the husband is killed and the woman is left to raise their son in the harsh land. The son eventually grows up to be a ranger lie his father.

    The son catches word that the men that killed his father and going to pass through Lonesome dove to enter Mexico. He stand against them and kills them.

    However, there is a legend that gun shots came from an alley way, helping to kill the men. There is no doubt who shot the gun if you asked the people that lived in Lonesome Dove. It is obvious that his mother did not want to lose another family member to these men, so she shot them from the alley.
    Orion510on June 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHow has this song not been commented? The one time Garth stays true and writes a traditional country ghost song, people ignore it? This is such an amazing song though....
    ebowtheletteron July 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdefinately one of my favorites of his.
    BEATINGxHEARTxBABYon October 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSo is the song implying that the woman was shooting from the alley, or is it saying that the ghost of his father was shooting?
    Panic!on November 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHis father's ghost helped his son kill the outlaws. he came back to help his son. Texas Rangers are definitly people you do NOT want to screw with. they were the toughest police force in US history.
    sasquatch8879on May 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhat an amazing song! truly and greatly! =)
    loves lifeon August 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOrion510 is dead on
    KangarooCryon December 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a tear jerker. :| Beautiful though.
    Thia007on November 24, 2011   Link

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