The Streets of Abilene

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Song Lyrics  |  House: Booksie Classic

Song lyric about Tom "Bear River" Smith

(song lyric)

 

The Streets of Abilene

 

On the streets of Abilene

The law had lost control,

The poster warning "check your guns"

Was filled with bullet holes.

 

From the East, there came a man

From New York's Bowery town,

A red-hair Irish cop who claimed

They'd lay those pistols down.

 

If they measured nerve in ounces

Tom Smith would weight a ton,

He'd tame the streets of Abilene

And never use a gun.

 

On the streets of Abilene

He calmly spent the day,

Telling everyone he met

To put their guns away.

 

The townsfolk drew a nervous breath

They didn't make a sound,

When Smith approached the meanest pair

Of outlaws in the town.

 

If they measured nerve in ounces

Tom Smith would weight a ton,

He'd tame the streets of Abilene

And never use a gun.

 

On the streets of Abilene

Big Hank was first to fall,

Wyoming Frank was next to feel

The long arm of the law.

 

Stories spread like forest fires

The legend traveled far,

Of that iron-flsted Eastern cop,

Who wore a western star.

 

If they measured nerve in ounces

Tom Smith would weight a ton,

He tamed the streets of Abilene

And never use a gun.

 

p.s. In case you are a member of a Bluegrass, Folk, or Western group (or know someone who is) and might be interested in co-writing, please let me know.  This lyric has already been recorded and released, but I have a lot that haven't. dennisgoodwin1947@gmail.com


Submitted: December 27, 2020

© Copyright 2021 Dennis L. Goodwin. All rights reserved.

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Stellanotte

Before I read your comment I was going to say this would make a great song. I really like it a lot. Do you have a link to the song? I'd love to hear it.

Sun, December 27th, 2020 6:23pm

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Hi Stellanotte,

I'm glad you like it. Thanks for the compliment. This should get you to the finished product:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3uaHC_U2i4

Have a good one,
Dennis

Sun, December 27th, 2020 2:28pm

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