Gone To Texas

4:37 minutes

GONE TO TEXAS

In 1830, William Dewees wrote to a friend, “It would amuse you very much could you hear the manner in which people in this new country (Texas) address each other. It is nothing uncommon for us to inquire of a man why he ran away from the States! But few persons feel insulted by such a question. They generally answer for some crime or other which they have committed; if they deny having committed any crime, and say they did not run away, they are generally looked upon rather suspiciously.”

When Southerners began leaving their homes, many would simply scrawl “GTT” with chalk on their cabin doors or fence posts — for “Gone To Texas.” In time, GTT became shorthand for “at outs with the law.” Frederick Law Olmsted wrote that residents of other states “appended the initials to the name of every rascal who skipped out.” In 1884 Thomas Hughes observed, “When we want to say that it is all up with some fellow, we just say, ‘G.T.T.’ as you’d say, ‘gone to the devil,’ or ‘gone to the dogs.’ ”

“Gone to Texas” lyrics and vocalization by Steve Teare.

Introductory guitar solo: Edie Van Halen from “Beat It” by Michael Jackson slowed to 136 beats per minutes.

Intro drums “Crazy Hard Rock Metal” drum track excerpt.

Story voice: “The Gunslinger” by Stephen King

ZZTop sound alike: “Texas Techno” by Audionautix

Outro music: “Skinny Leonard” by Audionautix

Illustrations and interpretations by many artists of “The Gunslinger”

GONE TO TEXAS

Over yonder Skinny Elijah

should oughta heard him play

rockin’ in the tool house

Hurricane Cowboy

y’all Gone to Texas

playin’ like there’s no tomorrow

solid rhythm so fine

y’all Gone to Texas

Behind the wranglin’ rocker

plumb pushin’ upbeat

reckless riff rockin’

Gone to Texas

playin’ like there’s no tomorrow

fixin’ to be a legend

might could change the world

Hear what I say

Gone to Texas

Gone to Texas

playin’ like there’s no tomorrow

Gone to Texas

Gone to Texas

over yonder Skinny Elijah

should oughta heard him play

rockin’ in the tool house

Hurricane Cowboy

playin’ like there’s no tomorrow

Y’all Gone to Texas

Y’all Gone to Texas

Y’all Gone to Texas

playin’ like there’s no tomorrow

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