El Paso City
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|"El Paso City"|
|Single by Marty Robbins|
|from the album El Paso City|
|B-side||"When I'm Gone"|
|Released||March 19, 1976|
|Marty Robbins singles chronology|
"El Paso City" is a 1976 single written and recorded by Marty Robbins. "El Paso City" was Robbins' 15th number one on the U.S. country singles chart. The single stayed at number one for two weeks and spent 11 weeks on the chart.
Robbins wrote "El Paso City" while flying over El Paso, in - he reported - the same amount of time it takes to sing, four minutes and 14 seconds. It was only the second time that ever happened to him; the first time was when he composed the original El Paso as fast as he could write it down.
The song is a reworking (and indirect sequel) of Robbins' 1959 hit "El Paso," about a gunfighter who kills another man defending his girlfriend's honor, and later returns and is killed by a posse. In "El Paso City," the main protagonist is a passenger on an airplane over El Paso and is compelled to recall the song he heard long ago ("El Paso"). He fails to recall the man who sang "El Paso," but immediately senses a supernatural connection to the story. He wonders to himself, "Could it be that I could be the cowboy in this mystery," suggesting a past life.
The arrangement of "El Paso City" includes riffs and themes from "El Paso" and its sequel, "Feleena (From El Paso)".
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||1|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 294.
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