Sunday, January 2, 2011

Andrei No pardon for Billy the Kid

The Lincoln county war happened a long time ago, it was a range war.

William Bonney the a teenager became entangled in it when his boss John Tunstall, a rancher who Billy admired was assassinated in front of him.

He thus became a combatant with a chip on his shoulder and more blood was spilled.

In an attempt to end hostilities Billy was offered amnesty along with other minor protagonists, an offer he accepted but one which was not honored - he escaped and was tracked down by Pat Garret in 1881 and that was the end of that.

But apparently there has been a move to have him pardoned, the point of which escapes me, he'll still be dead and nothing will change what happened in those long off days.

Anyway good old Governor Richardson of New Mexico found he had bought into a controversy he doesn't need and has decided the Pardon will not be forthcoming

Here is Ry Cooder's very fine version of the Billy the Kid song. If you haven't heard it before you'll either love it or hate it - that's the way it goes sometimes.

1 comment(s):

I.M Fletcher said...

Interesting song. Some of the guitar work reminds me of Never Going Home Again by Fleetwood Mac (especially at about 50 seconds in). Must be the picking style/chords.

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