The Stone Coyotes

The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith


There’s been a lot of commotion
Up here on the third floor
It took me a while to figure out
What it was for
Heard excited voices
Packages brought in
As we hurtle around the sun
It’s enough to make your head spin

Oh, in this great wide world
There’s just one thing I know
They’re having a party down the hall
And I don’t want to go

They’ve got the decorations
They’ve been working on for days
Expensive speakers
Playing “Purple Haze”
I got my invitation
It came by U.S. Mail
I’ve been hiding out
All to no avail

A girl walked by dressed as a ghost
I guess it’s a costume ball
A man came as a pirate
It might not be a costume at all
He told her, “You should lighten up
You look like the melancholy kind
Life is for the living”
And he took another drink of white wine

A man without knowing why
Approached a woman in red
He said the first thing
That came into his head
He said, “Hi, you sweet little dear
What’s your heart’s desire?”
She said, “To take the songs I hear
And convert them into fire”

He said, “Well, I like your style
I’ll tell you what
We’ll sneak down the back stairs
Find the field where the corn’s been cut
The stalks are hard as rocks
We might not get too far
But if you take my ice-cold hand
We’ll navigate by the North Star”


The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith


Far above the valley
A woman lived alone
And for a century
Her legend has grown
He placed the ring
Upon her finger
Bid her sweet goodbye
And she said, “I will wait for you
Till all the seas run dry”

Oh –
Some say they hear her calling
Some say they hear her crying
Or is it just the wailing wind?
Up on Blue Mountain

Seven ships set sail
Out of Charleston Bay
When she learned only six returned
She shut herself away
Children in the town below
Grew up and then grew old
But they all heard the restless steps
That made their blood run cold

Still she calls in the wildest storms
From the tallest trees
“There’s the mast! The billowed sail!”
As the seventh ship she sees

The seventh ship is coming in
The seventh ship is coming in
Up on Blue Mountain


The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith


There’s a dog and he won’t stop howling
In a way he never howled before
I asked him, “What’s the problem?”
He said, “Go home and barricade the door”

There’s a shadow on the front lawn
There’s a crack in the wall
Where’s a soothsayer when you need one?
Might mean everything or nothing at all

Oh, say can you see?
Can you read between the lines?
Give me a kiss for good luck
After all, these are desperate times

Here lies a poet
Unnoticed and unsung
In a corner of the graveyard
Words left burning on the tongue

There’s a woman standing in the hallway
Looks like she’s got a tale to tell
She keeps saying over and over
“Someone stole the warning bell”

Let’s check the foundations
They’ve fallen into disrepair
But the way you look in the twilight
I could die and not even care


The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith/D. Tibbles


On an old dirt road
By a railroad track
A child was born
In a rundown shack
Now all that’s left
Is a memory
Of a lullaby
On his mama’s knee

If you’ve got a bell, ring it
Tell the story
If you’ve got a song, sing it
Don’t give up your dreams of glory

Called back too soon
This delicate flower
He was by her side
In her final hour
And when he knew
She was gone for good
He carved her words
In sugar pine wood

She lies asleep
On yonder hill
In the dead of night
When all is still
He can hear her voice
So clear and plain
From the other side
This sweet refrain


The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith/D. Tibbles


Even now, when I close my eyes
I see through the tangle of the years
A recollection of warm night skies
And this cold grey dawn disappears

Take me back to Johnny Rock’s Cantina
The room had an incandescent glow
When we pledged our love por vida
And time stood still in San Antonio

I remember we had lost our way
Or we might not have found the place at all
We danced as the band began to play
And the candles threw our shadows on the wall

Slings and arrows - Outrageous fortune
I’ve had my share since then
I wonder – When I close my eyes for the last time
Will I dance with you there once again?


The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith/D. Tibbles


I climbed to the top of a mountain
Went to where rivers are born
Threw three coins in the fountain
Sailed through the eye of a storm

I sat across from a wise man
He said, “I’ll tell you what is true”
I said, “Excuse the interruption
But if it’s all the same to you…”

I’m going back to New York
I’m going back to New York

I found the lost city of Atlantis
I slept in the Taj Mahal
Walked through the Garden of Eden
Saw Adam and Eve take the fall

I hitched a ride on a spaceship
I flew out to Venus and Mars
I said, “ Oh, well, I like the view
But I thank my lucky stars…”

I hung around with Pandora
She said, “ Don’t open that box”
I said, “ Too late – The deed is done”
She said, “Shoot – I should have changed the locks”

I was crawling across the Sahara
In the middle of No Man’s Land
I saw 42nd and Broadway
Shimmer in the desert sand

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P.Taylor/I.Kilmister/E. Clarke
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B. Keith


Underneath the silent stars
I used to lie and dream
But now those moments of repose
Are few and far between

The stars have tumbled down
Even love a source of pain
People say, “ Take this – Do that
And you’ll feel right as rain”

There’s a place that waits for me
I seek but do not find
(Where deep, slow rivers wind)

All I ever wanted
All I ever needed
All I ever wanted was just
A little peace of mind

Caught up in the day to day to day
And jostled by the crowd
Took refuge in a corner store
But that TV’s turned up way too loud

Someone pulled a trigger
Someone told a lie
I want to walk the white sands of Micronesia
Just once before I die

I know it’s out there somewhere
I have felt its quiet thrill
But it’s always out of reach, out of sight
Behind that curtain, just over that hill


The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith


I was kicking stones down by the river
Listening to the call of the wild
When you approached from the other direction
I sang you the song of the motherless child

You could say I’m a starry-eyed dreamer
You could say I’m a troubadour of old
You could say I’m a soldier of fortune
(high plains drifter)
Or a prospector digging for gold

Outside the castle a lady-in-waiting
Had her application denied
She said, “That’s a bitter pill to swallow
Just when I was hitting my stride”

I saw a man who took to the high wire
Looked like he was dying to please
He waved to the crowd below
Then he fell with the greatest of ease

I’ve seen spirit horses with blood on their saddles
Angels with blue white wings
Or maybe I’m a trickster
And I’ve actually seen none of these things

I’ll give you twenty-five dollars
And then I’ll give you twenty-five more
If you can answer this question
What am I talking to you for?


The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith
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B. Keith/D. Tibbles
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B. Keith