If you ever go to Dallas
Say hello to Mary Anne
Say I'm still pullin' on the trigger
Hangin' on the best I can
If you see her sister Lucy
Say I'm sorry I'm not there
Tell her other sister Betsy
To pray the sinner's prayer

If you ever go to Austin
Fort Worth or San Antone
Find the bar rooms I got lost in
And send my memories home
Put my tears in a bottle
Screw the top on tight
If you ever go to Houston
You better walk right

If You Ever Go To Houston

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"Pullin' on the trigger" from the urban dictionary can mean to take decisive action with no certainty of the outcome. The context best fits it because he appears to be trying to do the right thing. He is hangin' on, expressing apology, and speaks concern for one who needs God and forgiveness. Not the language of a philanderer.

Oh there were bar rooms alright, but they took him nowhere. They did no good and provided no direction. So, the memories and tears they produce need a secure place where they can be recounted to someone reliable and trustworthy. He's learned. If you enter the same territory, no matter what, do right.
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THE RECORD

You keep track of my misery.
Put my tears in your leather container!
Are they not recorded in your scroll?

Psalm 56:8


From the deep water I cry out to you, O Lord.
O Lord, listen to me!
Pay attention to my plea for mercy!

If you, O Lord, were to keep track of sins,
O Lord, who could stand before you?
But you are willing to forgive,
so that you might be honored.

I rely on the Lord,
I rely on him with my whole being;
I wait for his assuring word.
I yearn for the Lord,
more than watchmen do for the morning,
yes, more than watchmen do for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord,
for the Lord exhibits loyal love,
and is more than willing to deliver.

He will deliver Israel
from all the consequences of their sins.


Psalm 130


For her house sinks down to death,
and her paths lead to the place of the departed spirits.
None who go in to her will return,
nor will they reach the paths of life.
So you will walk in the way of good people,
and will
keep on the paths of the righteous.

Proverbs 2:18-20


I, wisdom, walk in the path of righteousness,
in the pathway of justice.


Proverbs 8:20


Yet the Lord our God is compassionate and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.

Daniel 9:9


He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and bowed down before him and said, “Lord, help me!” “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs,” he said. “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, your faith is great! Let what you want be done for you.” And her daughter was healed from that hour.

Matthew 15:24-28


What do you think? If someone owns a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go look for the one that went astray? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that one of these little ones be lost.

Matthew 18:12-14


‘Let us eat and celebrate, because this son of mine was dead, and is alive again – he was lost and is found! So they began to celebrate.
Luke 15:23-24

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Luke 19:10


If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness.

I John 1:8-9