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"Streets of Laredo" (Roud 23650) , also known as the "Cowboy's Lament", is a famous American cowboy ballad in which a dying cowboy tells his story to a living one. Derived from the English folk song "The Unfortunate Lad" or "Unfortunate Rake" , it has become a folk music standard, and as such has been performed, recorded and adapted numerous times, with many variations. The title refers to the city of Laredo, Texas.
The first line of the work goes as follows: "As I walked out on the streets of Laredo...".
NOTE: Not the be confused with the 1949 song The Streets of Laredo, which starts "I was way, way down near the border".
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