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Five brothers who left Arkansas

Set out to find the gambler who murdered their pa

Five brothers, and three in their teens

Gotta find the man who killed their pa in New Orleans

They heard of him in Houston, and his trail was leadin' west

He'd left there many months ago, and so they couldn't rest

Five brothers, and three in their teens

Gotta find the man who killed their pa in New Orleans

New Orleans

The sun was hot as fire, and the nights were cold as steel

Hate was strong, and youth was wild, and so they couldn't feel

Five brothers, and three in their teens

Gotta find the man who killed their pa in New Orleans

His trail led to the Badlands, and the desert promised death

The gambler's odds were different now, he treasured every breath

Five brothers, and three in their teens

Close behind the man who killed their pa in New Orleans

New Orleans

When first they saw the killer, he was by the waterhole

Five rifles rang out through the night, they killed the gambler cold

Five brothers, and three in their teens

Finally got the man who killed their pa in New Orleans

The desert is their keeper now, for this a traveler said

That poison lived within the hole, now six of them are dead

Five brothers, and three in their teens

Lay beside the man who killed their pa in New Orleans

Lay beside the man who killed their pa in New Orleans