“Hell in Texas”


The Devil, bored with Hell, decides it's time to expand the franchise. The sandiest place available is Texas; the Devil acquires a lease from God after negotiating the water rights. The Devil adds tarantulas, cacti, etc. and opens for business


This song and "Arizona" clearly are related; one probably suggested and influenced the other. But there is no way to clearly demonstrate which came earlier, so I list them separately. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Randolph 196, "Hell and Texas" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 397-399, "Hell in Texas" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Fife-Cowboy/West 27, "Hell in Texas" (3 texts -- one each for Texas, Arizona (this one properly filing with "Arizona") and Alaska, 1 tune)
  5. ADDITIONAL: Hal Cannon, editor, _Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering_, Giles M. Smith, 1985, pp. 55-56, "Hell in Texas" (1 text)
  6. Roud #5104
  7. BI, R196


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1910
Keywords: Devil humorous Hell
Found in: US(So,SW)