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The Marshall's Daughter

This song is by Tex Ritter and appears on the album Songs from the Western Screen (1958) and on the compilation album Love You Big as Texas (1969).

Once a marshall had a daughter, a pretty, winsome daughter
And he brung her up as best as he knowed how
But the man who killed her mother, more than any other
The marshall swore to get by power, and vow

Oh, my charming daughter with eyes like deep water
The starlight in your hair most every night
Oh, you been a heap of joy, how I wish you'd a been a boy
'Cause I know there's gonna be an awful fight

Now this here marshall's daughter done everything she'd ought to
To help her papi keep the peace and law
Till she spotted Trigger-Gan, that no-good killing man
The one that years before had killed her ma

3Well, that evening, just at midnight, at starry, starry midnight
The marshall with his guns a-swingin' low
Went out to do some prowling, for the coyotes they was a-howling
And his words upon his lips came mighty slow

Oh, my charming daughter with eyes like deep water
The starlight in your hair most every night
Oh, you been a heap of joy, how I wish you'd a been a boy
'Cause I know there's gonna be an awful fight

Trigger-Gan the bank was robbin', the little girl was sobbin'
There weren't no smiles on no one's face that night
If she'd only been a man, she'd a got that Trigger-Gan
And saved her poor old papi from this fight

Oh, my charming daughter with eyes like deep water
The starlight in your hair most every night
Oh, you been a heap of joy, how I wish you'd a been a boy
'Cause I know there's gonna be an awful fight
I know there's gonna be an awful fight

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