La Carter Family, qui s’était spécialisée dans l’exploitation systématique du fonds insondable de la chanson populaire des Appalaches, s’est trouvée après la grande crise amenée à travailler au Texas pour une station de radio, et a enrichi son répertoire de chansons de l’Ouest. My Texas Girl en est un témoignage. Et voilà que des mots nouveaux apparaissent sous leurs lèvres. Il est question d’une fille du Texas, du cheval d’un cowboy solitaire et insouciant, et du cours paisible du Rio Grande. Mais bien sûr, une chanson est souvent une chanson d’amour : l’amour difficile et les peines que procure la mort injuste de l’être aimé.


MY TEXAS GIRL

All my life I’ve wondered
If what I done was wrong
All I ever cared to do
Was ride my pony on

I never had no heartaches
Was always happy and gay
Until I met a Texas girl
Who stole my heart away

Where the sleepy Rio Grande
Goes slowly to the sea
It was there she promised to be mine
Throughout eternity

But the angels, they grew jealous
Of her beauty and her smile
And came along one stormy night
And stole away my bride

The birds have hushed their singing
Sadness is over the land
The birds miss my darling
By the sleepy Rio Grande

Her lips was like the Russian wine
Her hair it hung in curls
Her cheeks were like the dawn of day
That breaks upon the world

She’s gone and left me lonely
I miss the touch of her hand
Tonight while I am walking
By the sleepy Rio Grande

Where the sleepy Rio Grande
Goes slowly to the sea
It was there she promised to be mine
Throughout eternity

But the angels, they grew jealous
Of her beauty and her smile
And came along one stormy night
And stole away my bride

The birds have hushed their singing
Sadness is over the land
The birds miss my darling
By the sleepy Rio Grande