Original song, written in 2004, performed by myself, Charlie Alfero, Kevin Compton, and Shems Nickle. Witten when a lawsuit was pending to exhume Billy the Kid's mother from a Silver City, NM, gravesite to get DNA for an attempt to prove that Billy was buried in his grave in Lincoln County, NM. Recorded at Diane's Parlor in Silver City, NM, August 23, 2013. This group of four musicians had only performed together once before.
This song was selected to lead off a number of local original songs used in a film promoting Grant County, New Mexico, to filmmakers (scsun-news.com/ci_20822877).
Lyrics: Well, they say he rode from Kansas / along the Chisholm Trail / wound up in Silver City / bussing tables at the Star Hotel / Took a life of thievin' / til one good man lay dead / For a thrill and eighteen dollars / put a bullet right through his head / (CHORUS) Didn't give a damn about the law / just how quick he could draw / didn't give a damn what he did / Billy the Kidd (v2) So he rode to Lincoln County / a range war it was called / Fell in with desperadoes / the wrong side of the law / His future took a tragic turn / when two more men lay dead / Now Billy was a wanted kid / with a bounty on his head / CHORUS (v3) Well, they caught him in Mesilla / in the middle of the night / Pat Garrett and his posse / swore they'd make things right / Convicted of the killings / and sentenced to hang / But Fate, she had a different plan / for Garrett and his gang (CHORUS) (v4) Now some say Pat shot Billy / took the law in his hand / others claim Billy lived / to be a tired old man / Legends they lie buried / stories often told / some in Silver City / go grave-diggin' for gold. CHORUS: Don't give a damn where he's hid / rest in peace Billy the Kid / Don't give a damn where he's hid / rest in Peace Billy the Kid.