"Red Headed Stranger" as written by Carl Stutz and Edith L Calisch....
The red headed stranger from Blue Rock, Montana
Rode into town one day
And under his knees was a ragin' black stallion
And walkin' behind was a bay

The red headed stranger had eyes like the thunder
And his lips, they were sad and tight
His little lost love lay asleep on the hillside
And his heart was heavy as night

Don't cross him, don't boss him
He's wild in his sorrow
He's ridin' an' hidin' his pain
Don't fight him, don't spite him
Just wait till tomorrow
Maybe he'll ride on again

A yellow haired lady leaned out of her window
An' watched as he passed her way
She drew back in fear at the sight of the stallion
But cast greedy eyes on the bay

But how could she know that this dancin' bay pony
Meant more to him than life
For this was the horse that his little lost darlin'
Had ridden when she was his wife

Don't cross him, don't boss him
He's wild in his sorrow
He's ridin' an' hidin' his pain
Don't fight him, don't spite him
Just wait till tomorrow
Maybe he'll ride on again

The yellow haired lady came down to the tavern
An' looked up the stranger there
He bought her a drink, an' he gave her some money
He just didn't seem to care

She followed him out as he saddled his stallion
An' laughed as she grabbed at the bay
He shot her so quick, they had no time to warn her
She never heard anyone say

Don't cross him, don't boss him
He's wild in his sorrow
He's ridin' an' hidin' his pain
Don't fight him, don't spite him
Just wait till tomorrow
Maybe he'll ride on again

The yellow haired lady was buried at sunset
The stranger went free, of course
For you can't hang a man for killin' a woman
Who's tryin' to steal your horse

This is the tale of the red headed stranger
And if he should pass your way
Stay out of the path of the ragin' black stallion
And don't lay a hand on the bay

Don't cross him, don't boss him
He's wild in his sorrow
He's ridin' an' hidin' his pain
Don't fight him, don't spite him
Just wait till tomorrow
Maybe he'll ride on again


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"Red Headed Stranger" as written by Edith L Calisch Carl Stutz

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    General CommentI long for that simpler time... when a man with a gun and a horse could lay to waste his faint hearted sweetheart and her lover in a tavern, then ride to another town and kill a yellow haired whore, and folks would wait till tomorrow when maybe he'll ride on again.
    Ahhh The good ol' days.
    billybayouon October 04, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI do believe it's about a man who was basically cheating. The man hid that the horse was important to him because he hid that he loved someone else from the blonde woman. Then, he kills the blonde for "trying to steal the horse" I do believe he gets caught cheating by the woman he is with and apparently loves, and so he kills the blonde, despite him admitting that the blonde had NO idea about his love or who the horse she was trying to "steal" actually belonged to. So in fact she wasn't stealing at all, but he dismisses his own guilt by stating that a man can't be hung for killing her because after all she tried to steal something that already belonged to someone else, ie the horse. That's rather ridiculous seeing as the blonde was lied to by the murderer about the horse to start, but I do believe that's what the lyrics represent, his excuse of sorts as pathetic as that is...
    Seraphimgirlon January 25, 2019   Link

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