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Strapped my guns and courage on; set my cattle free
Rolled a smoke and I made a vow no more to be reviled
Combed her hair and laid her out; pretty as you please
Watched the fire light up the night; cryin' like a child

Saw a man in San Antone shoot down a dancing queen
And asked him on his hangin' day "What was he thinkin' of?"
He said "I never liked the way she treated me so mean
In the end I tell you friend I did it all for love"

Stood out on the ragged edge and there I took the fall
I did it all for love my friend, for love I did it all

Just this side of Devil's Dream, above the sulphur mine
I found the man who robbed me of the girl I loved and lost
I asked him before he died "What made him cross the line?"
He asked me "Did I mean the line I just stepped across?"

Stood out on the ragged edge and there I took the fall
I did it all for love my friend, for love I did it all

I-I-I-I
Wonder why-y

I've walked this earth these many years and left a trail of fire
But once I was a gentle man every bit like you
I watched the heavens open up, heard the angel choir
Sing the holy song of God, 'To thine own self be true'

Stood out on the ragged edge and there I took the fall
I did it all for love my friend, for love I did it all
I did it all for love my friend, for love I did it all



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    UnregisteredDec 23, 2011 at 1:23 am
    I think it opens right after he killed the woman who left him. He laid out her body, and let his cattle go, since he knew he wouldn't be needing them anymore. He hunted down the man his girl ran off with - and shot him as well. I wonder if the last verse is about killing himself at the end of it all.

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