THE STREETS OF LAREDO
SONGS FROM THE BALCONY
"The Streets of Laredo" is a classic Cowboy Ballad, a dying cowboy tells his tale and the final chorus sees us all accompanying him to his final resting place. But this song has ancient roots and originated in the British isles as a 19th-century broadside entitled "The Unfortunate Lad". If you dig deep into this song's family tree it was written as a warning to soldiers to avoid loose women and the perils of STDs.