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Billy Joel

The Ballad Of Billy The Kid

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“The Ballad of Billy the Kid” is a Billy Joel song from the album Piano Man. It is a historically inaccurate story of Billy The Kid. In the song, Billy the Kid, who grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia, was famous throughout the West during his lifetime as a bank robber. However, he never robbed a bank and he was little known in his own lifetime but was catapulted into legend in the year after his death when his killer, Sheriff Pat Garrett, published a wildly sensationalistic biography of the outlaw called The Authentic Life of Billy, the Kid. Beginning with Garrett’s account, Billy the Kid grew into a symbolic figure of the American Old West. The song also says that Billy the Kid was captured and hanged, with many people attending the hanging. In reality, however, he was shot and... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ And he never had a sweetheart ... Yes, he always rode alone ... Well, he never traveled heavy

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