THE BALLAD OF BELLE STARR (BOBBY BARNETT/MELINDA ANN/JAMES L. HUNTER) (1970s)

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One of the most notorious outlaws in the Southwest was a woman known as Belle Starr. She was highly romanticized in the dime novels of her day....
Dave Samuelson, liner notes for Bobby Barnett, "American Heroes & Western Legends," Bear Family Records BCD 16 121 AH, 1997.
Lyrics as recorded by Bobby Barnett, Nashville, TN, 1974; reprinted ibid.

Belle Shirley lived near Wilburton, Porum and Fanshaw;
Her name was respected until she turned outlaw.
Belle Shirley married Sam Starr who rode the Owlhoot Trail;
She joined up and soon became as rough as any male.
She picked up men's bad habits and was handy with a gun;
She robbed and she plundered and thought it was great fun.

CHORUS:
Belle Starr, Belle Starr,
With a bullet in your back,
Are you lyin' there a-wishin'
That you'd never joined that pack?

Dyin' is not easy on some forgotten trail;
She wanted to be famous and she did not fail.
Some claimed Belle was wicked while others called her brave,
When she staged a hold-up and hid out in Robert's Cave.
Belle Starr became a legend; yes, that's a well-known fact,
But she ended up an outlaw with a bullet in her back.

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