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Marty Robbins', "El Paso"
The Lyrics:
I caught a good one, it looked like it could run.
Up on its back and away I did ride
Just as fast as I could from the west Texas town of El Paso,
Out through the badlands of New Mexico.
Why:
This song's references to the city of El Paso, nearly at the western tip of Texas, have been noted in a previous post. These lyrics additionally make reference to the US state of New Mexico, whose southern boundary is just north of El Paso.
Submitted by: Penelope Beckinsale
Marty Robbins', "Laredo"
The Lyrics:
As I walked out in the streets of Laredo,
As I walked out in Laredo one day,
Why:
Refers to Laredo, Texas, a border town along the Rio Grande.
Submitted by: Penelope Beckinsale
Marty Robbins', "Running Gun"
The Lyrics:
I rode into Amarillo as the sun sank in the west.
Why:
Refers to the north Texas city of Amarillo, in the Texas panhandle. Incidentally, its name is Spanish for "yellow".
Submitted by: Penelope Beckinsale
Marty Robbins', "Running Gun"
The Lyrics:
I rode out of Kansas City, going south to Mexico.
Why:
The country of Mexico is referred to herein, as is also a major metropolitan area in the US, the Kansas City area. The latter straddles the boundary between the US states of Kansas and Missouri. There are actually two adjacent cities named Kansas City there. The name comes from their location, where the Kansas River flows into the Missouri River. The larger of the two named Kansas City is on the Missouri side, and hence it is the one most usually referred to. But Kansas City, Kansas, to its west, is a city of considerable size as well.
Submitted by: Penelope Beckinsale

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