The Big Iron story, expanded to book length, combines three of Marty Robbins' famed ballads into one homogenous story that
spans 50 years and two generations. The success of which is based on the three ballads and the talent, skill and genius contained
within these classic works of Marty Robbins.
The Big Iron story develops, enhances and combines the stories and lives contained in these three ballads. There already
exists a common theme, connectiona and life within these story-songs that actually lend themselves to be completed and told, and
can easily be melded into one story. A story that seeminly ends with the Arizona ranger and Texas Red with forty feet
between them, in what turns out to be the final gunfight for both men... albeit for far different reasons. This is a story that never
truly ends; it is simply retold by different people, in different places, at different times.
With minimal, yet unavoidable exceptions, nothing in the three ballads is changed. For example, it is stated in the song Felina that Felina kills herself with the very gun of the cowboy who loves her immediately after he dies in her arms. That cannot be changed or altered. Felina's fate is already recorded. Every word, action, and event happens and occurs as stated in the ballads as much as possible. To do otherwise would be to dilute the creativity and genius already existent within these three ballads. Only three changes are required, and they are explained in the Research Page.
The concept is to develop, combine, and finish the Big Iron story, not to recreate it. Here are the lyrics of the three famed ballads of Marty Robbin's that together, form the foundation of the Big Iron story...
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