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Monday Monday

Okay, yesterday my foot felt a lot better, and most of today, too. Now the toe is all swollen and it hurts all over the ball again. Okay, okay, I'll remember to call some doctors tomorrow...

I surprised myself by actually being quite chipper today, despite having been too hot to sleep last night. (Seriously?!? In MARCH?!?)

Every time The Ballad of Billy the Kid by Billy Joel comes up on my iPod, I find myself correcting each line...

From a town known as Wheeling, West Virginia
No, actually, he was probably born in New York City (yes, seriously!); and lived his childhood in Kansas
Rode a boy with a six-gun in his hand
And his daring life of crime
Made him a legend in his time
East and west of the Rio Grande


Well, he started with a bank in Colorado
Billy never robbed a bank, and never went to Colorado
In the pocket of his vest, a Colt he hid
And his age and his size
Took the teller by surprise
And the word spread of Billy the Kid


Well, he never traveled heavy
Yes, he always rode alone

Actually, he rode with several different gangs in his time; notably The Regulators.
And he soon put many older guns to shame
And he never had a sweetheart

Billy had MANY sweethearts -- the senoritas adored him! Paulita Maxwell and Sally Chisum are the most well known, but there were others.
And he never had a home
He had a few homes, actually; although by the end of his life he was a bit of a drifter
But the cowboy and the rancher knew his name

Well, he robbed his way from Utah to Oklahoma
Never went to Utah, never went to Oklahoma, and NEVER ROBBED A BANK. Or much of anything else, either, although he likely assisted with some amount of cattle rustling.
And the law just could not seem to track him down
Depending on which law you mean, he was caught numerous times. He was just very good at escaping one, because he was small and they didn't make adjustable handcuffs then, and two because he always had friends who helped him.
And it served his legend well
For the folks, they'd love to tell
'Bout when Billy the Kid came to town


(PIANO INTERLUDE)

Well, one cold day a posse captured Billy
Again, he was caught several times. At least twice he escaped by slipping his manacles, and another time someone slipped him a gun.
And the judge said, "String 'im up for what he did!"
He actually never saw a judge. He'd petitioned the governor, Lew Wallace, for immunity in exchange for information -- which, by accounts, he gave, and then Wallace reneged on the deal; for his part, Governor Wallace was busy writing "Ben Hur" and probably just didn't care one way or another about the Kid.
And the cowboys and their kin
Like the sea came pourin' in
To watch the hangin' of Billy the Kid

No, he was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett. (In the dark, unarmed.)

Well, he never traveled heavy
Yes, he always rode alone
And he soon put many older guns to shame
And he never had a sweetheart
But he finally found a home
Underneath the boothill grave that bears his name

He's buried in the Fort Sumner graveyard, near the Maxwell House, in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, just north of where he rode and shot and did pretty much everything he got himself famous for.

From a town known as Oyster Bay, Long Island
Rode a boy with a six-pack in his hand
And his daring life of crime
Made him a legend in his time
East and west of the Rio Grande

Billy Joel obviously wrote it more because he shared a name with the Kid, rather than from any historical knowledge...

And the trouble is, I like the song, so it IS on one of my regular playlists...

Addendum: I really, really, REALLY freaking hate the way LiveJournal works now. This layout sucks, and WHY are so many programs so damned eager to force people to use the mouse exclusively? (I know, I know, for @#$@#^@^%@ touch screens. Some of us still prefer the keyboard, ElJay!!!)

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