Reno Blues Lyrics

by Merle Haggard

Way out in Reno, Nevada
Where romance blooms and fades
A great Philadelphia lawyer
Was in love with a Hollywood maid

Come, love and we will wander
Down where the lights are bright
I'll win you a divorce from your husband
And we can get married tonight

Wild Bill was a gun-totin' cowboy
Ten notches were carved in his gun
An' all the boys around Reno
Left Wild Bill's maiden alone

One night when he was returning
From ridin' the range in the cold
He dreamed of his Hollywood sweetheart
Her love was as lasting as gold

As he grew near her window
A shadow he saw on the shade
'Twas the great Philadelphia lawyer
Makin' love to Bill's Hollywood maid

The night was as still as the desert
And the moon hangin' high overhead
Bill listened a while to the lawyer
He could hear every word that they said

Your hands are so pretty and lovely
Your form's so rare and divine
Come go with me to the city
And leave this wild cowboy behind

Now back in old Pennsylvania
Among the beautiful pines
There's one less Philadelphia lawyer
In old Philadelphia tonight