Streets of Laredo By: JOHNNY Cash

Johnny Cash: He was the singer and writer of the song "streets of Laredo" He is well known because he was the first guy who mixed country, rock, blues and gospel influences in his songs.

He was born on February 26, 1932, in Kings land, Arkansas. When he was 3 years old, Johnny Cash was already working alongside his parents and siblings in the fields. When he graduated from high school he went to the army and served in there for a while. His love for music was so high that when he finished serving the army he created his band called Lands-berg Barbarians. Then he became famous for his music.

His song " Streets of Laredo" goes like this:

As I walked out on the streets of Laredo. As I walked out on Laredo one day, I spied a poor cowboy wrapped in white linen,Wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay.

As I was walking on the streets of Laredo, I saw a wounded cowboy who was agonizing. He had bandages all around him and his face was pale like people who die.

"I can see by your outfit that you are a cowboy."These words he did say as I boldly walked by."Come an' sit down beside me an' hear my sad story."I'm shot in the breast an' I know I must die."

You are a cowboy too, you should help me. I have really severe wounds and I know I am going to die and I am ready I just need you to stay by me until I die so you can bury me.

"It was once in the saddle, I used to go dashing."Once in the saddle, I used to go gay."First to the card-house and then down to Rose's."But I'm shot in the breast and I'm dying today."

I would really like to go outside to have fun one more time before I die. I would really like to got out again and have fun. I am dying really soon i feel it so help me enjoy life one last time.

"Get six jolly cowboys to carry my coffin."Six dance-hall maidens to bear up my pall."Throw bunches of roses all over my coffin."Roses to deaden the clods as they fall."

I would like to have a fancy coffin surrounded by people and flowers. I would also like to have a really fancy coffin made with different colors.

"Then beat the drum slowly, play the Fife lowly."Play the dead march as you carry me along."Take me to the green valley, lay the sod o'er me,"I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong."

Can you please take me to a very nice place and let me die there so you can bury me there too. I know I am a cowboy and I know that I have done some stuff that I regret doing, but I want to be remembered.

We beat the drum slowly and played the Fife lowly,Played the dead march as we carried him along.Down in the green valley, laid the sod o'er him.He was a young cowboy and he said he'd done wrong.

Every one cried when the wounded cowboy die. He was so brave and friendly, but he had to die in this place thinking he did something wrong. He will always be remembered by everyone.


Basically the theme of this song written by Johnny Cash is to always help those who need help and remember them for who they were and for what they did. He wrote this song in memory of all of those soldiers that sacrificed their lives during War World II. The wounded cowboy represents all of those wounded soldiers that died during World War II. This song is repetitive and has a lot of symbolism.

Works Cited:

Wicker, Benjamin. "Street of Laredo."Britanica,24 September 2007. Accessed 30 January 2017.

Brom, Robert. "Jhon Cash.", 10 Ausust 2004. Accessed 30 January 2017.

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