“Billy the Kid (II)”


"Billy was a bad man And carried a big gun. He was always after greasers And kept them on the run." Billy shot a white man "every morning." But one day he met a worse man, "And now he's dead and we Ain't none the sadder."


From the Fife text it is not clear whether this song actually refers to Billy the Kid; since Billy was white, it would appear not. But they may have other versions which imply otherwise. - RBW


  1. Fife-Cowboy/West 96, "Billy the Kid" (3 texts, 1 tune, but only the "C" text goes here)
  2. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 136-137, "Billy the Kid" (1 text)
  3. Roud #5098
  4. BI, FCW096C


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1966
Keywords: outlaw death police
Found in: US