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Feleena Tabs

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Marty Robbins
  Feleena was one of the two sequels that Marty Robbins wrote to his classic hit El 
Paso.  It was recorded on March 15, 1966 at Columbia Studio located at 804 16th Avenue 
South in Nashville, Tennessee.  The recording was produced by Don Law and Frank Jones.
Guitar legend Thomas Grady Martin played the hot South of the Border Acoustic guitar 
licks that you hear in the background.  To play this song along with the recorded 
version in the key of E it is necessary to Capo at the fourth fret an play in the 
open C position.  Marty used this position regularly during live performances on such 
classic hits as Big Iron and Streets of Laredo.  Since the song is played in 3/4 or 
waltz time, it is much easier to implement the alternating bass note strum that you 
hear on the recording by playing in this position.  I have tabbed out the alternating 
bass note patterns that you will need for each chord below.  Good luck and have fun 
with this western classic!

 
All Chords are relative to Capo on 4th fret

 
C chord alternating bass note strum pattern

|-----0--0-----0--0-----0--0-----0--0---
|-----1--1-----1--1-----1--1-----1--1---
|-----0--0-----0--0-----0--0-----0--0---
|-----2--2-----2--2-----2--2-----2--2---
|--3-----------------3------------------
|-----------3-----------------3---------



 G chord alternating bass note strum pattern

|-----3--0-----3--3-----3--3-----3--0----
|-----0--0-----0--0-----0--0-----0--0----
|-----0--0-----0--0-----0--0-----0--0----
|-----0--0--0-----------0--0--0----------
|-----2--2--------------2--2-------------
|--3-----------------3-------------------



 F chord alternating bass note strum pattern

|-----1--1-----1--1-----1--1-----1--1----
|-----1--1-----1--1-----1--1-----1--1----
|-----2--2-----2--2-----2--2-----2--2----
|--3-----------------3-------------------
|-----------3-----------------3----------
|----------------------------------------







 C
Out in New Mexico, many long years ago
                                                
                                                G
There in a shack on the desert one night in a storm


Amid steaks of lightning and loud desert thunder

                                     C
to a young mexican couple a baby was born



Just as the baby cried, thunder and lightning died

                                                         F
Moon gave it's light to the world and the stars did the same

                        C
Mother and father both proud of the daughter

                             G                      C
That heaven had sent them, Feleena was this baby's name



When she was seventeen, bothered by crazy dreams

                                              G
She ran away from the shack and left them to roam


Father and mother both asked one another

                                                 C
What made her run away, what made Feleena leave home



Tired of the desert nights, poverty grief and strife

                                                      F
She went her way late one night in the moon's golden beam

                                 C
She didn't know where she'd go, but she'd get there

                             G                         C
And she would find happiness if she would follow her dreams



After she ran away, she went to Santa Fe

                                                        G
And in the year that she lived there she learned about life


In just a little while she learned that with a smile

                                                       C
She could have pretty clothes, she could be any man's wife



Rich men romanced her, they dined and they danced her

                                                      F
She understood men and she treated them all just the same

                                C 
A form that was fine and rare, dark shining glossy hair

                     G                       C
Lovely to look at, Feleena was this woman's name



Restless in Santa Fe, she had to get away

                                                  G
To any town where the lights had a much brighter glow


One cowboy mentioned the town of El Paso

                                                    C
They never stop dancing and money like whiskey did flow



She bought a one way, a ticket from Santa Fe

                                                      F
Three days and nights on a stage with a rest now and then

                          C
She didn't mind that she knew she would find that

                             G                          C
Her new life would be more exciting than where she had been



The stage made it's last stop, up there on the mountain top

                                                     G
To let her see all of the lights at the foot of the hill


Her world was brighter and deep down inside her

                                                           C
An uncontrolled beating, her young heart just wouldn't be still



She got a hotel, a room at the Lilly Bell

                                                   F
Quickly she changed to a form fitting black satin dress


Every man stopped to stare at this form fine and rare

                 G                         C
Even the women remarked of the charm she possessed



Dancing and laughter, was what she was after

                                                G
And Rose's cantina had lights with love in the gleam


That's what she hunted and that's what she wanted

                                                 C
Rose's was one place a nice girl would never be seen



It was the same way it was back in Santa Fe

                                                      F
Men would make fools of themselves at the thought of romance

                         C
Rosa took heed that the place was in need of this kind of excitement

    G                    C
So she paid Feleena to dance



A year passed or maybe more, then through the swinging doors

                                                G
Came a young cowboy so tall and so handsomely dressed


This one was new in town, hadn't been seen around

                                               C
He was so dfferent, he wasn't like all of the rest



Feleena danced close to him, then threw a rose to him

                                                 F
Quickly he walked to her table and there he set down

                      C
And in a day or so, wherever folks would go

                               G                  C
They'd see this young cowboy showing Feleena the town



Six weeks he went with her, each minute spent with her

                                              G
But he was insanely jealous of glances she'd give


Inside he was hurtin' from all of her flirtin'

                                                    C
That was her nature and that was the way that she lived



She flirted one night, it started a gunfight

                                                     F
And after the smoke cleared away on the floor lay a man

                           C
Feleena's young lover had shot down another

                               G                            C
And he had to leave there, so out through the back door he ran



The next day at five o' clock, she heard a rifle shot
                                                 
                                                 G
Quickly she ran to the door that was facing the pass


She saw her cowboy, her wild riding cowboy

                                            C
Low in the saddle her cowboy was riding in fast



She ran to meet him, to kiss and to greet him

                                                     F
He saw her and motioned her back with a wave of his hand

                       C
Bullets were flying, Feleena was crying

                               G                  C
As she saw him fall from the saddle and into the sand



Felena knelt near him, to feel and to hear him

                                                                G
When she felt the warm blood that flowed from the wound in his side


He raised to kiss her and she heard him whisper

                                    C
Never forget me, Feleena it's over goodbye



Quickly she grabbed for the six-gun that he wore

                                                   F
And screaming in anger and placing the gun to her breast

                        C
Bury us both deep and maybe we'll find peace

                               G                             C
Then pulling the trigger, she fell 'cross the dead cowboy's chest



Out in El Paso whenever the wind blows

                                                     G
If you listen closely at night you will hear in the wind


A woman is crying, it's not the wind sighing

                                            C
Old timers tell you Feleena is calling for him



You'll hear them talking, and you'll hear them walking

                                                             F
You'll hear them laugh, and you'll look, but there's no one around

                           C
Don't be alarmed there is really no harm there

                             G                  C
It's only the young cowboy showing Feleena the town


 
            
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