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Lyr Req: Ballad of the Alamo (from Marty Robbins)

27 Mar 97 - 10:26 AM (#3542)
Subject: Req: "Ballad of the Alamo" lyrics/chords M.Robbins
From: Norbert Seibt (

Since my childhood I am lloking for the lyrics (and chords) of the film music title "The Ballad of the Alamo" as sung by Marty Robbins. Keys: lyrics Alamo Robbins Texas

Thank you!


27 Mar 97 - 06:13 PM (#3567)
Subject: RE: Req
From: Gene Graham

There were several songs about the ALAMO but Marty Robbins' version was by far the best IMHO. Johnny Cash recorded a pretty version also...Will dig out the record.

27 Mar 97 - 08:26 PM (#3574)
Subject: RE: Req:
From: Les Blank

Bud and Travis also recorded it as a single. Any Bub and Travis fans fans out there ? There's a pretty nifty site that features them and it's on a par with the Hoyt Axton site as far as substance goes. The presentation is quite different, however, and I find myself comparing instead of just enjoying. E-mail me at if you're interested.

28 Mar 97 - 01:51 PM (#3597)
Subject: ADD: Ballad of the Alamo
From: Gene Graham

(Words and music by Dimitri Tiompkin and Paul Webster)
Recorded by Marty Robbins

In the southern part of Texas, in the town of San Antone
There's a fortress all in ruins that the weeds have overgrown
You may look in vain for crosses and you'll never see a one
But sometimes between the setting and the rising of the sun ...
You can hear a ghostly bugle as the men go marching by
You can hear them as they answer to that roll call in the sky
Colonel Travis, Davy Crockett and a hundred eighty more
Captain Dickenson, Jim Bowie present and accounted for;

Back in eighteen thirty-six - Houston said to Travis
"Get some volunteers and go - fortify the Alamo"
Well, the men came from Texas and from old Tennessee
And they joined up with Travis - just to fight for the right to be free ...
Indian scouts with squirrel guns, men with muzzle loaders
Stood together heel and toe to defend the Alamo
"You may ne'er see your loved ones" Travis told them that day
"Those that want to can leave now, those that fight to the death let 'em stay."

In the sand he drew a line with his Army Sabre
Out of a hundred eighty five - not a soldier crossed the line
With his banners a-dancin' in the dawn's golden light
Santa Anna came prancin' on a horse that was black as the night ...
Sent an officer to tell - Travis to surrender
Travis answered with a shell and a rousin' rebel yell
Santa Anna turned scarlet, "Play [*Deguello]", he roared
"I will show them no quarter, everyone will be put to the sword";

One hundred and eighty five holdin' back five thousand
Five days, six days, eight days - ten; Travis held and held again
Then he sent for replacements for his wounded and lame
But the troops that were comin' never came, never came, never came ...
Twice he charged them to recall - on the fatal third time
Santa Anna breached the wall and he killed them one and all
Now the bugles are silent and there's rust on each sword
And the small band of soldiers ... lie asleep in the arms of the Lord ...

In the southern part of Texas, near the town of San Antone
Like a statue on his Pinto rides a cowboy all alone
And he sees the cattle grazin' where a century before
Santa Anna's guns were blazin' and the cannons used to roar...
And his eyes turn sorta misty and his heart begins to glow
And he takes his hat off slowly ... to the Men of Alamo
... To the thirteen days of glory at the seige of Alamo.

Note: *Deguello translation: Take no prisoners.

02 Apr 97 - 05:30 AM (#3731)
Subject: RE: Req:
From: Norbert Seibt

Dear Gene,

you helped me a lot - it´s marvellous!!!


11 May 97 - 11:08 AM (#5077)
Subject: RE: Req:
From: Karol

Thank you! Thank you! I've been searching for two years and finally got it!

18 Dec 19 - 01:22 AM (#4024332)
Subject: ADD: Ballad of the Alamo (Webster/Tiomkin)
From: Joe Offer

Ballad Of The Alamo lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Recording by Bud & Travis: Historical account (click) - note the Mexican troops were led by President General Antonio López de Santa Anna.