Out in New Mexico

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Out in New Mexico is a song by Johnny Horton.


Out in New Mexico documents the story of a man living in Griffin, Georgia. It is here that in 1883, a cowboy approaches the narrator and asks if he would like to spend the summer in the New Mexico Territory. The cowboy promises to pay the narrator and promises to cover transportation as well. The narrator accepts, and in May they leave Griffin. Once they reach New Mexico, a hailstorm starts, and all their cattle run away. They attempt to chase after the cattle but to no avail. When two get back to Griffin, the narrator becomes enraged and warns others not to go to the "God forsaken country they call New Mexico."