Dead or alive, dead or alive
Ten thousand dollars dead or alive

One night my sweetheart got a little reckless
I just couldn't hold my trigger finger still
And the barrel was pointed at the county Marshall
But I only meant to scare him not to kill
Now the foothills of these mountains hold my secret
Only they know what is over there in that shack
But the chances are some bloodhounds gonna find me
And some other dirty dog will take me back.

People always said that I'd amount to nothin'
That to bury me would be a waste of earth
But if they'll just put my price upon my tombstone
Then the world can see what I was really worth