The Stone Coyotes

The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith


“Mirror, mirror on the wall”
She said, “Tell me who’s the fairest of them all?
I’m so tired of living on the shelf
I spent the whole last hour looking at myself”

Down on the avenue the night is young
Somewhere out there is a song waiting to be sung
Got a shine on my shoes – Wouldn’t you know
All dressed up – Nowhere to go

There’s a boy waiting way across town
The club he used to go to got torn down
Putting on a shirt, said, “ It’s just my size
A girl once told me it matches my eyes”

The music is loud and the lights are dim
He smiles at her and she smiles at him
He said, “You look like an angel – I ain’t tellin’ no lies”
She said, “You know that shirt just matches your eyes”


Rock On

The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith


What’s that in the sky?
It’s a bird of prey
With a predatory eye
And it’s looking your way
You wore a suit of armor
With a heavy metal plate
No match for the falcon’s claw
You learned that way too late

Rock on, Rock on
When your hope is dead and gone
Rock on, Rock on
Through the dark before the dawn
Rock on through the driving rain
Through the Level Five hurricane
Rock on, Rock on, Rock on

When the four winds scatter
The seeds you have sewn
Faith lies in tatters
And you’re all alone
Life hangs in the balance
By a slender thread
You’ve got a premonition
There’s more trouble up ahead

Reversal of fortune
Star-crossed love
Bad luck and sorrow
They go hand in glove
But there’s a voice within you
When you hit the wall
Can you hear it whisper?
Can you hear it call?


The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith


To this day they offer consolation
“You carry a torch, we’re told”
In idle conversation
Say, “Love like that scorches the soul”

Well, just for the record
I knew it wouldn’t last
We might as well have been on the Titanic
Into the frigid waters cast

Now it’s always raining
Here in the valley of regret
And they all say I’ll get over you
But I haven’t yet

I’m condemned to remember
You, my true and only friend
All the rugs have been rolled up
All the good seats have been taken

And now everyone’s a prophet
Everyone knows the score
But they didn’t see it coming
In 1994

The ones left are the phantoms
So superior and so wise
But if you ask my opinion
It’s like they’re anesthetized

In my dreams I see you
Getting ready to depart
I woke up this morning again
With a razor blade in my heart



The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith


They arranged his hands across his chest
Prepared to lay him to his rest
He said, ”Could it be my race is run
When I thought it had just begun?

But no no no, I think it’s plain to see
There’s been a dip in the mercury
I hear a whisper – the voice of doom
I fear the Reaper is in the room”

Knocked down, slapped back
Come on, cut me some slack
(Foundations are starting to crack)
Hey – Hey, you know what?
I think it’s time to fire it up

From over yonder she hears a call
Something beckons beyond the walls
She stays the course on quiet streams
But when she dreams her shy girl dreams

She’s alone on the high seas
Out on the deck begging, “Lord, please
I have no compass – I have no chart
What do I do with my wild wild heart?”

We march in step – We walk the line
Travelling through this life unkind
Wrapped in chains, duty bound
Till they put us in the cold, cold ground

They arranged his hands across his chest
Prepared to lay him to his rest
He said, “I see the time has come
My wild heart beats with the thunder of a drum”
Time for the eagle to soar
The serpent to strike, the lion to roar
Time to fire it up


The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith


Waiting at the window
For a daughter coming home
The words unspoken
“She’s on that road alone”
Fear and trepidation
As they watched the shadows fall
No laughter at the gate
Silence in the hall

And another was waiting
For that sweet and tender child
Anger in his heart
Murder in the smile
There at the last bend
He struck and there she died
If we live long enough
We’ll see it rectified

The forest kept watch
Till the breaking of the day
When that cold still form
Was gently borne away
And echoed through the trees
“Men, let’s saddle up and ride
If we live long enough
We’ll see this rectified”

They rode through the day
And they rode through the night
Came upon a campfire
Still smoldering white
And echoed again through the trees
“You can run but you can’t hide
If we live long enough
We’ll see it rectified”

They found the coward trembling
With voices hard and low
They said, “We could kill you here
And none would ever know
But we’ll take you to a prison cell
Dream of gallows high and wide
We lived long enough
To see it rectified”

There’s a long stretch of highway
With weeds overgrown
That hide a marker of pale grey stone
It tells the story -
Here she lived and here she died
But they lived long enough
To see it rectified


The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith/D. Tibbles


She’s got a wild imagination
Ignited by the moon
Talking to the constellations
All alone in her room

Oh yes, she’s a dreamer
She’s a small town girl
Making big plans
In her own little world

Ain’t no doubt about it
It’s a word to the wise
Look out for the girl
She’s got stars in her eyes

“I might be a ballerina
And then for a change
I might be a cowgirl
Riding out on the range

Or I could be a writer
Putting words on a page
Or I might be a singer
Standing up on a stage”

She gets a standing ovation
They call her name out loud
Complete adoration
From an imaginary crowd

Oh yes, she’s a dreamer
She’s a small town girl
In the moonlight – she’s in the spotlight
Getting ready to conquer the world


The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith/D. Tibbles


In answer to your question
Where do I come from
I died in Mississippi
In 1881
But let’s go back to the beginning
When no one knew what lay ahead
Before the mighty river
Ran red

I’ll paint for you a picture
Of that summer night
When a difference of opinion
Escalated to a fight
Dinner cold upon the table
Mother weeping close at hand
She said, “Boys, a house
Divided cannot stand”

Across the amber waves of grain
We heard the cannons roar
The caissons rolling
And the cry of civil war
I’ve been sent to tell you
To find some common ground
I’m the ghost of Vicksburg
And I shot my brother down

So we both enlisted
Opposite sides
One to march with Sherman
One for Pemberton to ride
We donned the uniforms
That soon were torn and frayed
And pledged allegiance
To the blue and to the grey

On Chickasaw that morning
The light was dim
But by the slope of his shoulder
I knew that it was him
He raised up his rifle
And it chilled me to the bone
For his shot went wide
And mine, dear God, struck home


The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith/D. Tibbles


I met a girl - She was going on ten
Said, “Get out your paper and pen
There’s something stirring in my soul
Write this down – I’m ready to roll”

Yes, we are a hundred million strong
You can keep your sweet love songs
Step aside – We’re coming through
Oh yeah, we’ve got news for you

The girls of America like to rock
The girls of America like to rock
The girls of America like to rock

I met a girl - She was sweet sixteen
Said, “I like to dance in my old blue jeans”
I met another girl – She was twenty-nine
She said, “Hey hey hey let me lay it on the line”

I met a girl – She was forty-four
She said, “Turn it up or I’m out the door”
Met another girl – She was seventy-one
Said, “Don’t tell me I’ve had my fun”


The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith


Who goes there - friend or foe?
Somebody tell me - I don’t know
What’s that waiting behind the door?
An ancient voice says, “My name is War”

Every step could be fatal. Every alley is blind
Every encounter the dangerous kind
It seems like even the shadows are armed
Sent to do you harm

The lines are drawn - The bullet left the gun
Wish me well, my darling one
At the gates of Hell, we’re under attack
And there’s no turning back

Coming in on a wing and a prayer
Our brothers and sisters are already there
From the beginning, the beginning of time
We stand together on the battleline

And the universe seems to contract
To a single moment, to the point of impact
With victory in sight across the abyss
Comes the memory of a goodbye kiss

I’m not saying who’s right or wrong
But who will sing the soldier’s song
Give thanks for the courage, honor the brave
Weep beside a silent grave?

A cry comes down through the centuries
“Deliver us from our enemies”
And I will love you till the day I die
Semper Fi


The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith/D. Tibbles


Tell me, have you heard by word of mouth
About a great place to go?
Jump in the car and drive down south
To the Gulf of Mexico

The neon sign is broken
The years have taken their toll
The old P.A. is smokin’
They really let the good times roll

Come on – Catch us if you can
Going down to Galveston
Listen to a dance band
We’ll go walkin’ on the Strand
When’s the last time
You heard a good dance band?

They’re not chasing fortune and fame
They just want to play
You don’t even know their names
And they like it that way

The dance floor’s always crowded
Not much room to move
But everyone starts to shout out loud
When they lock into the groove

The room is shakin’ to four on the floor
It sounds like a speaker’s blown
The bikers in the corner look a little hard-core
A cowboy’s dancing alone

So now you know the story
I’ve brought you up to speed
So come on, come on let’s go
Satisfaction guaranteed


The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith/D. Tibbles


You don’t care you who aggravate
You don’t care who you alienate
I’m tired of your heart of stone
I just want to be left alone

Lesson learned
Bridge burned
That’s why
I say so long, I’m gone, goodbye

You thought I didn’t see those dirty looks
I took the telephone off the hook
Cut my losses – Time to walk
I’m sick of all this talk talk talk

I used to keep it all inside
Tryin’ to be so dignified
I take the high road – You take the low
Should’ve done this a long time ago

Look look what the cat dragged in
Just hit the bottom of a tailspin
I guess you met your Waterloo
Poor baby cryin’ boo hoo hoo


The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith


“Wake up, what’s the matter?
What have you seen?”
“Nothing, my dear – Go back to sleep
It’s something from my wildest dreams

I was climbing up the white cliffs of Dover
I was staring into certain death
When oh -
I called your name with my last breath”

“Wake up, what’s the matter?
What have you done?”
“Nothing, my dear, nothing at all
I just thought my race was run

And it’s just – it’s just
That I’ve tried and failed to recall
When it was that the bullet struck
With nothing to break my fall

And I hear your sweet voice call
From far far away
Saying, ‘It’s all right – This will fade
In the cool clear light of day’”

Who among us has not shivered
When that ancient wind blows cold
And who among us has not felt
Every terror that the dark can hold

And cried out – cried out
In the middle of the night
“No, no, no, no
Turn on the light, turn on the light!”