. Writers of the Purple Sage What happened to the music? The writers of the West? The legends of the cowboys? The songs I loved the best? The outlaws and the posse? Please tell me where they went? The ones who shared their stories of their will and testament. I think that Marty Robbins is stuck in old El Paso, A ghost in the cantina, where Feleena loved him so. “The Grandsons of the Pioneers” must be great grandpas now. I think that they’ve forgotten the Westerns anyhow. Gene Autry went to heaven. He got a second chance. He got a million acres; a brand-new Melody Ranch. I searched through Apple Valley for Gabby, Dale, and Roy, But all their stuff was carted off to Branson by his boy. The last I heard of Willie, he sang a song with Ray Of Seven Spanish Angels that saw a fight one day. And “when the battle stopped … there was thunder from the throne” Those “Seven Spanish Angels took another angel home.” Tex Ritter and Rex Allen, Jim Reeves, and Frankie Laine, The singers of the Westerns I’d love to hear again. The Yellow Rose of Texas, the Rose of San Anton How well do I remember those memories etched in stone. Go find a singing cowboy and find a pretty lass And write for them some music out of our Western past. The Western told the legends they sang upon the stage. Where are the Western writers—Writers of the Purple Sage? . . LTC Roy E. Peterson, US Army Military Intelligence and Russian Foreign Area Officer (Retired) has published more than 5,000 poems in 78 of his 101 books. He has been an Army Attaché in Moscow, Commander of INF Portal Monitoring in Votkinsk, first US Foreign Commercial Officer in Vladivostok, Russia and Regional Manager in the Russian Far East for IBM. He holds a BA, Hardin-Simmons University (Political Science); MA, University of Arizona (Political Science); MA, University of Southern California (Int. Relations) and MBA University of Phoenix. He taught at the University of Arizona, Western New Mexico University, University of Maryland, Travel University and the University of Phoenix.