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Bill Thaxton was an ex-ranger one of the bravest by far

It's said that old Bill was the fastest man ever to pin on a ranger's star

Stories about him were legends Bill was the best of the bold

Bad men all feared him way back in his day but he was now growing old



Into Bill's town rode an outlaw he wore his gun low and tied down

He reined in his horse and announced to the crowd if you speak to me call me Sundown

His clothes were all dark and fancy and topped by a black leather vest

Somebody asked how he came by his name and if he was one of the best



The eyes of the tall stranger narrowed he grinned like the devil possessed

I never fight till the sun's going down and my back is facing the West



Said he wouldn't be with us tomorrow he only rode in for one thing

He only stopped by to make Bill Thaxton die so he could add to his fame

Go give Bill Thaxton a message and tell him a killer's in town

Tell him we'll meet at the end of the street just as the sun's going down



Somebody said it had been years since old Bill had toted a gun

Sundown replied that it wasn't his hide killing old Bill would be fun

The old ranger sent back his answer tell him that I'm on my way

I've never ran and I'll meet this young man at any time of the day



Bill got there just about sunset it still hung like fire in the sky

In just a few moments out there in the street old Bill or the outlaw would die



Slowly Bill slid from the saddle and started to make his advance

The sun hit the old ranger square in the eyes the shadows had started to dance

Bill started talking to Sundown judging his distance that way

Their stride was the same and at just thirty feet both of the men made their play



Bill's gun slipped leather like lightning his forty-four spoke with a whine

The sun didn't bother Bill Thaxton at all cause the old ranger was blind

Six shots delivered their message the ranger had emptied his gun

Bill gave a sigh when there was no reply he knew that once more he had won



The old ranger lowered his six gun he just stood there starting ahead

Watching you'd think that old Bill didn't know in front of him Sundown lay dead



Bill has been gone for a long time but old timers still can recall

The day the old ranger stood up to the test and proved he was best of them all



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