Song – Outlaw

WRITER

  • Bob Gibson
  • Tom Paxton

PUBLISHER(S)

  • Robert Josiah Music
  • Accabonac Music

Song Licensing information

RECORDINGS BY BOB GIBSON-

Phono License information

RECORDINGS BY OTHER ARTISTS

  • None

Song Notes

Humorous questions for self-important cowboys.

LYRIC

Outlaw

You must be an outlaw
A ramblin’ man and a gamblin’ man of course
Singin’ all them outlaw songs
About whiskey, wine and women and divorce
Act like you could kill a man
Never know the meaning of remorse
Well, if you’re such an outlaw
How come you keep fallin’ off your horse

You like to wear your blue jeans tight
You like to look like you like to fight
You like them little girls hangin’ around
When the bad guys come to town
You’re tough and mean, you’re tall and thin
At least you are when you suck it in
Looks like you’ve been playin’ games
With Jesse James

But if you’re such an outlaw
How come you keep fallin’ off your horse
Singin’ all them outlaw songs
About whiskey, wine and women and divorce
Act like you could kill a man
Never know the meaning of remorse
Well, if you’re such an outlaw
How come you keep fallin’ off your horse

You’re a red-hot, big-shot chili chef
A personal friend of Jerry Jeff
You taught the dance to Cotton-eyed Joe
Hold the keys to the Alamo
Long-horn steer horns on your car
You park in front of the Lone Star Bar
Nine tequila’s your best friend
Shot down by ten

But if you’re such an outlaw
How come you keep fallin’ off your horse
Singin’ all them outlaw songs
About whiskey, wine and women and divorce
Act like you could kill a man
Never know the meaning of remorse
Well, if you’re such an outlaw
Such a desperado
Such a bad-ass outlaw
A mean old desperado
Then how come you keep fallin’ off your horse

Words & music by Bob Gibson and Tom Paxton
© Robert Josiah Music / Accabonac Music