One Man Stands – © 1973 (song)

This was my attempt to write a Western Song. Something you might have heard in the Old West. It is also known as “Badlands Billy” to my kids, who loved to hear it.

What is interesting is that I just imagined the setting. Arizona Sand. Badlands Billy. It wasn’t until after I retired that I finally got to visit “The West”. I was surprised to find a “badlands” in the North East corner of Arizona. Hey, it works for ME! lol

One Man Stands – © 1973 (song)

Badlands Billy was his name.
Robbin’ and killin’ was his fame.
But Lord, the Sheriff drew his gun
To put an end to Billy’s fun!

Billy’s draw was lightning fast.
He knew this draw could be his last.
Unless he beat the sheriff’s hand
Come night he’d be beneath the sand.

(Chorus)
One man stands, the other falls.
One man screams, the other calls.
One man lives, the other dies.
A woman laughs, and a mother cries.

Face to face they drew their guns
Beneath an Arizona sun.
Their forty-fours began to bark.
Their echoes die, then the others start.

A gentle breeze blows ‘way the smoke
And carries ‘way a muffled choke.
The sheriff puts away his gun.
He knows he’s killed his only son.

(Chorus)
One man stands, the other falls.
One man screams, the other calls.
One man lives, the other dies.
A woman laughs, and a mother cries.
A woman laughs, and a mother cries.

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