Live At the Iron Horse

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 2015
Red Cat Records
Released 2015
Red Cat Records
15 songs recorded live at the Iron Horse Music Hall 2008-2015

Rock Another Day

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 2014
Red Cat Records
Released 2014
Red Cat Records
  • 04:38 Lyrics
    The Fall of Babylon

    A man came crawling out of the desert

    Said, “I thought I heard a battle cry

    The sun looking down so cruel

    Was fixing me with a baleful eye”

     

    Mother, do you hear the drumming?

    Don’t you know I’ve been called upon?

    Father, they are singing something

    About the fall of Babylon

     

    “You can bring me home but this house

                                            will not hold me

    I’m a stranger in a strange land

    I see the dragons at the gate

    From a silver ship sailing on the sand

     

    Give me no medicine – Give me no comfort

    This blanket feels like a funeral shroud

    Bring me my spear – Bring me my armor

    The voices are beckoning much too loud"

     

    Wringing her hands she called for the doctor

    The doctor said, “This is delirium”

    “No, no, Doctor”, he said, “You are mistaken

    Look behind you – Here they come”

     

    She said, “Do you not see the sunlight

                                    through the window

    The rose on the vine as we stand at your side?”

    He raised his fevered head from the pillow

    Just before he sank back and died, he said…

  • 03:18 Lyrics
    Mary, Where Were You?

    Dead man on the village green

    A killer got away unseen

    You’re out of breath – What does it mean?

    Mary, where were you?

     

    You answered so evasively

    I said, “Do not lie to me

    It’s murder in the first degree

    Mary, where were you?"

     

    Mary, where were you that night

    When the shots were fired and the birds took flight?

    Your alibi, it don’t feel right

    Mary, where were you?

     

    You told me you were home in bed

    That’s not what your sister said

    Your plain white dress was stained all red

    Mary, where were you?

     

    Six-gun down at the bottom of a well

    Sister swore she’d never tell

    Now she thinks she’ll burn in Hell

    Mary, where were you?

     

    Rumors spread – Suspicions grow

    Now the sheriff wants to know

    On Friday night a week ago

    Mary, where were you?

     

    Tell the truth – Tell it straight

    How a woman spurned lay in wait

    Undying love turned to hate

    Mary, where were you?

  • 04:33 Lyrics
    Peace in the Valley

    He looks so familiar

    You’ve seen him around

    He’s the one slouching in the doorway

    Just before the walls come down

     

    He acts a little shifty

    He’s got that vacant stare

    I don’t know why he seems to multiply

    Now you find him everywhere

     

    Here comes trouble climbing in your window

    I’m in the alley – I got hit with a low blow

    I don’t believe what they say on the radio

        (Who stole the gold at the end of the rainbow?)

    Peace in the valley? I don’t think so

     

    I went down to the seaside

    Thought I’d go for a swim

    Shadow on the boardwalk gave me quite a shock

    I said, “Oh no, not him”

    He was right behind me

    I said, “This is all I need”

    I thought I heard him mumble to himself

    “I’ve got half a mind to make you bleed”

     

    I turned on the TV

    Uh-oh there’s another one

    Just a crackpot thinkin’ he’s a hotshot

    Beatin’ on the war drum

     

    He likes to rattle his saber

    I’d like to take it by force

    Leave him out on the field of battle

    Cryin’, “My kingdom for a horse”

  • 04:22 Lyrics
    A Ghost of a Chance

    Death and I have a nodding acquaintance

    Met on a few occasions, that’s all

    He said, “You’re close to the edge

    But don’t worry – I’ll catch you when you fall”

     

    I said, “Thanks for the offer

    I didn’t know you were the chivalrous kind”

    And then I ran for my life

    Leaving him smiling behind

     

    Run away when he whispers your name

    Say no if he asks you to dance

    Run away – He says, “This is my game

    You don’t stand a ghost of a chance”

     

    Time went by and I almost forgot him

    Then once in a crowded room

    For no reason at all

    I felt the chill of the tomb

     

    That night I heard on the stairway

    A light but somehow ominous tread

    It made me sit up and take notice

    He bowed from the waist at the foot of my bed

     

    He said, “To continue our conversation

    Did you know I’m considered a patron of the arts?

    I’ve been the subject of sonnets

    I’ve stopped a lot of hearts”

     

    I said, “I’m well aware of your reputation

    But I must decline with regret

    Your kind invitation

    Some day but not yet, not yet”

  • 03:40 Lyrics
    Let the Wild Horse Run

    If only she were free to roam

    Wide open spaces would be her home

    She was born to wander - Don’t make her wait

    Don’t fence her in - Open up the gate

     

    People say 

    She’s a crazy one

    She’s kickin’ down the barn door

    Let the wild horse run

     

    Meek and mild – She’s not one of those

    No fancy dresses – No ribbons and bows

    You can’t keep her under lock and key

    She’ll break the chains eventually

     

    There she goes – She cut the ties that bind

    Through the hills and valleys where the rivers wind

    Finally free from her prison cell

    You can hear callin’, cryin’ out with a rebel yell

  • 04:28 Lyrics
    The Hard Hills

    I’m alone below a desolate sky

    You’re all the way to Abilene

    I started to write you a song of farewell

    But I express so much less than what I mean

     

    Out here in the hard hills

    Your song has gone astray

    Yes, words are the devil sometimes

    They wouldn’t do you justice anyway

     

    There’s a vicious wind tonight

    Made me lose that muse of mine

    The verses run away and hide behind my back

    Laugh and refuse to rhyme

     

    Once again I pick up the pen

    To say I miss your sweet embrace

    Then I cross it out and tear up the page

    It all seems so commonplace

     

    It’s no use, no use at all

    I’ll love you in silence till I die

    While the moon looks down on a poor little fool

    Who can’t even say goodbye

  • 04:12 Lyrics
    Rock Another Day

    When I was little baby

    When I was a little child

    I used to make my mother crazy

    I used to drive her wild

     

    Lyin’ in my cradle

    Cryin’ in my bed

    Night after night

    This is what I said

     

    The stars that burn above me

    I call from far away

    Anybody up there love me?

    Let me rock another day

     

    It was a near thing

    It was a narrow escape

    I turned to my comrade in arms

    He was in bad shape

     

    He said. “I felt the bullet

    Before I heard the gun”

    I said, “Come on, let’s get out of this

    Dire situation”

     

    If you see me in the alley

    Lookin’ worse for wear

    This Sword of Damocles

    Is more than I can bear

     

    We know our days are numbered

    Dare we ask for more?

    I’m not ready for the tolling bell

    Or the wreath upon the door

  • 04:27 Lyrics
    Pretty Baby Jane

    They warned her he was no good

    A long long time ago

    She never saw the storm clouds comin’

    Or heard the thunder rumblin’ low

     

    Now she’s crawlin’ through the back streets

    Like a creature from the wild

    Tryin’ to find the man she loves

    Wailin’ like a child

     

    She said, “I’m searchin’ on the south side

    In the lightning and the rain

    Lookin’ for the one who used to call me

    His pretty Baby Jane”

     

    She said, “I believed

    All the sweet lies he told

    Then someone saw him dancin’

    With a girl nineteen years old

     

    One night I saw him drivin’

    A two-tone Cadillac

    He had his arm around

    A lady dressed in black”

     

    She said, “The years sure took their toll

    He might not recognize me now

    I want to get the heart he stole

    And take it back somehow

     

    So I’m prowlin’ all around the town

    Carryin’ a black cat bone

    Underneath a stormy sky

    Howlin’ all alone

  • 03:55 Lyrics
    Don't Come Cryin' to Me

    You’ve got a lot of transgressions

    Where do I begin?

    When my chips were down

    You liked to rub it in

     

    I’ve been the soul of discretion

    I’ve been a true blue friend

    But what good did it do me

    In the end?

     

    No – No – No – No

    Don’t come cryin’ to me

    Don’t come cryin’ to me

    Cry Cry Cry Cry baby, cry

     

    Always at your beck and call

    Why’d you have to alienate

    The only one who ever loved you at all

    And now it’s too late

     

    It’s just a matter of time

    Before your bridges burn

    I might sit on the sidelines

    And watch your bridges burn

     

    You should’ve seen the light

    A long time ago

    The old saying’s right

    You reap what you sow

     

    So don’t expect me to send you

    A sympathy card

    I’m sayin’ Bye Bye baby, goodbye

    Try not to take it too hard

  • 04:28 Lyrics
    It Changed Me

    The things that used to matter

    They don’t matter anymore

    I shake my head and wonder

    What I wasted all that time for

     

    The glory of an hour

    When I threw whole years away, you see

    Now I count as gold

    To have but not to hold

    It changed me

     

    And I awoke

    Cut by the blade of Truth

    Now if I could just remember

    Where I misplaced my youth

    Lost along the wayside

    Left behind so carelessly

    It will not be returned

    Another lesson learned

    It changed me

     

    One sunny morning

    I saw a great bird take flight

    I couldn’t help it

    I shivered like the day was night

     

    I watched it go over

    And on beyond the sea

    The pattern on the wing

    Told me everything

    It changed me

     

    Once I knew a boy

    He liked to jump and shout

    “Catch me if you can”

    His light flickered and went out

     

    And even though you don’t want to

    You see things differently

    He could run just like the wind

    He was swift and thin

    It changed me

     

    A troubadour was singing

    “Precious little do we own

    Fragments of an old song

    Last lines unknown”

     

    I heard it from a distance

    I couldn’t catch the melody

    But Lord, it haunts me still

    And it always will

    It changed me

  • 03:20 Lyrics
    A Rude Awakening (Revisited)

    I went to bed and I closed my eyes
    Tried to sing myself lullabies
    No such luck – I said mercy me
    Got taken out of my reverie
    And then I heard three ravens sing
    “You’re in for a rude awakening”

    I met a man, a gambler by trade
    He was sitting pretty, yes he had it made
    A high stakes game, no walk in the park
    The deck was stacked and the cards were marked
    He said, “I might have to pawn my diamond ring
    I’m in for a rude awakening”

    The moon looked down and the hour was late
    I dreamed of wolves at the door and barbarians
    at the gate
    Of a piece of parchment rolled up thin
    That the messenger brought as he leaned right in
    And gave cold comfort to the king
    It read, “You’re in for a rude awakening”

    I tossed and turned, beset by fears
    My pillow was wet with tears
    Nero grinned, said, “There’s a lesson to be learned
    You know what I was doing while my city burned”
    And he dragged the bow across the strings
    Said, “You’re in for a rude awakening”

A Wild Bird Flying

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 2012
Red Cat Records
Released 2012
Red Cat Records
  • 03:54 Lyrics
    A Wild Bird Flying

    They led her slowly down

    Down the cold stone stair

    She never faltered

    Though she knew who waited there

     

    Death behind the oaken door

    No mercy in his gaze

    Only ten more steps

    To recollect her days

     

    Willow tree, don’t weep for me

    When in my grave I’m lying

    Even though asleep I’ll be

    My soul is a wild bird flying

     

    She saw the branches bending low

    Reflected in the stream

    She recalled and watched it all

    As in a waking dream

     

    She heard again the whispers

    Run from room to room

    “There’s a traitor in our midst”

    The words that sealed her doom

     

    They led her slowly down

    Down the cold stone stair

    The grim procession halted

    She bowed her head in prayer

     

    The iron blade above her

    Death she called upon

    She said, “You cannot kill me

    For I’ve already gone”

  • 03:38 Lyrics
    Powder Keg

    When he was born his Mama said

    “The moon turned black and the clock stopped dead

    Lord have mercy – What have I done?

    Did I give birth to the devil’s son?”

     

    Wild from the cradle – He was never calm

    He hit the streets like a ticking time bomb

    A chip on his shoulder wide as a mile

    Two clenched fists and a dangerous smile

     

    Here he comes, dyin’ to fight

    Watch out ‘cause he’s wound too tight

    He can’t wait to take you down a peg

    Don’t light a match – He’s a powder keg

     

    He served five years doin’ hard time

    Setting him free was the real crime

    He’s hot wired and runnin’ on rage

    They should have kept him locked up in a cage

     

    He flies off the handle at the drop of a hat

    Says to the blind man, “What are you lookin’ at?

    I’m a psychopath – I’ve got nothin’ to lose

    I’m a raw dog – Don’t light my fuse”

  • 04:28 Lyrics
    Your Fall from Grace

    Back in the beginning

    You held your head up high

    And I remember thinking

    You breathed a finer air than I

     

    When your star was on the rise

    You were sought by kings and queens

    Now a man I scarcely recognize

    Walks through the crowd unseen

     

    Fame’s a cold mistress

    She’ll laugh right in your face

    And say she came to witness

    Your fall from grace

     

    At first she sat beside you

    And whispered in your ear

    “You’re almost like a god”

    You pretended not to hear

     

    But you took it all as gospel

    You believed what you were told

    Temptation’s grasping fingers

    Found the crack along your soul

     

    Since you laid eyes on her

    Truth you pushed aside

    You sacrificed your honor

    And you auctioned off your pride

     

    With the cameras there to capture

    Your slide downhill

    Those who once sat enraptured

    Closed in for the kill

  • 04:32 Lyrics
    Sing Me a Hymn

    It’s a silent night

    Too silent somehow

    If there be comfort

    I could use it now

     

    The only sound

    The beat of my heart

    Like a frightened child

    Alone in the dark

     

    Sing me a hymn

    Play me an anthem

    I want to hear Halleluiah

    From winged seraphim

            (When my hopes grow dim)

    Sing me a hymn

     

    The feeling you get

    When the walls resound

    You could put pen to paper

    But you could never write it down

     

    Mercy and forgiveness

    A voice from above

    Life everlasting

    And eternal love

     

    I’ve lived all these years

    And I only know this

    That sometimes it hurts

    To watch the way the light hits

     

    The edge of the ocean

    The path to the door

    And know that one day I won’t see it

    Or you anymore

  • 04:17 Lyrics
    Close to the Bone

    I found a gypsy crying

    By the side of the road

    He said, “I’ve seen the future

    I’ve cracked the code

     

    I’ve learned to read

    Between the lines

    For I’ve lived long

    And I know the signs”

     

    Some say there’s a blood moon rising

    Some say Death’s going to seize the throne

           (Don’t look behind – You’ll be turned to stone)

    The words came in on a cold sharp wind

    And they cut a little close to the bone

     

    Rack and ruin

    He said, “I see them clear

    I can taste the trouble

    And I can feel the fear

     

    It gets in through the window

    And the dead bolt door

    We hold our loved ones

    Closer than before”

     

    He said, “The dry leaves speak

    Before the storm

    Hear them repeat

    You’ve been warned”

     

    I said, “No, don’t say it

    Your crystal ball lied

    There’s still time

    To stem the tide!”

  • 04:08 Lyrics
    Red Letter Day

    I am not rich and I’m not poor

    Not exactly sick but never quite cured

    I’ve been lost and I’ve been found

    I’ve been up and then right back down

     

    You’ll find me at the curve of the bay

    Waitin’ for my red letter day

     

    I have sorrow and regret

    I forgive and now I even forget

    I have borrowed and I’ve been owed

    But most of the time I’ve been kickin’

                                            stones in the road

     

    Someone with no earthly name

    Gave me a torch- It had a steady flame

    And said, “That’s all I have to give

    Now go find the spark you started life with”

     

    I have stumbled and I’ve tripped

    Held the prize and then it slipped

    Through the fingers of my hand

    Just like these pretty little grains of sand

     

    Out of tune and out of touch

    All in all not a life that matters much

    But oh – then again

    I’ve seen the sun rise and I’ve known a friend

  • 04:15 Lyrics
    A Dangerous Game

    I remember laughing in some café long since gone

    We didn’t take it all too seriously

    Others could fall by the wayside

    But not you and not me

     

    I thought the sun would burn forever, didn’t you?

    We’d stay untouched by the flame

    So help me God, I never knew

    We were playing such a dangerous game

     

    The years make no exceptions to the rule

    They will seal the lips that kissed

    Up until recently

    Time was just a trinket on my wrist

     

    Even now I’m not sure I believe it

    The odds we might defy

    But those shadows lengthening

    Have something in them of goodbye

  • 04:04 Lyrics
    Big Bad Wolf

    Down in Macon, Georgia

    Up on Pleasant Hill

    A cradle started to rock

    A baby couldn’t keep still

     

    Pretty soon he was singin’

    In a gospel choir

    Little did they know back then

    He’d set the world on fire

     

    He’ll cause a commotion when he comes around

    Raise the roof, make your heart pound

    Roll up the rug when you hear his sound

    Like the big bad wolf he’s gonna blow your house down

     

    At the age of fourteen

    He went out on the road

    A live stick of dynamite

    About to explode

     

    He could play the piano

    Just like bangin’ a drum

    He could take you on ride

    From here to Kingdom Come

     

    “Good Golly, Miss Molly”

    Raise your cup

    Tell your friend Lucille

    We’re gonna rip it up

  • 03:39 Lyrics
    Goin' Down for the Third Time

    In this old hotel

    I can hear a grown man cry

    “I have nothin’ left to live for

    And sweet Marie’s the reason why”

     

    Somebody help me

    Jesus, please throw me a line

    I’m drownin’ in a sea of tears

    Goin’ down for the third time

     

    He said, “There’s a blue moon at my window

    All night I walk the floor

    Callin’ Baby please come back

    Is that you knockin’ at my door?”

     

    I can hear him through the wall

    Callin’ out for sweet Marie

    He said, “ My only two companions

    Are pain and misery”

     

    Have mercy

    Have mercy

    Have mercy

  • 03:02 Lyrics
    You Got Rolled

    Fistful of money

    You just got paid

    Friday night

    You have it made

    You walk alone

    Don’t hear a sound

    Next thing you know

    You’re flat on the ground

     

    You got rolled

    You got rolled

    You got jumped

    You got rolled

    Left you to cry out in the cold

    Bled you dry – You got rolled

     

    A travelin’ man

    With a silver tongue

    Said, “I have a potion

    To keep you young”

    She handed over

    Her ruby ring

    Looked in the mirror

    And she heard him sing

     

    There’s a phone call

    Voice on the line

    Says, “This won’t cost you

    One thin dime

    You’ll be on Easy Street

    Gonna get rich quick”

    They shook you down

    You had your pocket picked

I Couldn't Find You

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 2011
Red Cat Records
Released 2011
Red Cat Records
  • 04:11 Lyrics
    I Can Hear You

    At first we thought it was some kind of joke

    Then the screen went white and nobody spoke

    The skies turned yellow and the storm finally broke

    I could hear you

    The fuses blew and I felt my heart sink

    All was darkness – Somebody cut the link

    A whisper brought me back from the brink

    Lord, I could hear you

     

    You said, “Don’t give up – Don’t let go

    I’m holding you in my arms, you know

    Remember I told you so”

    I can hear you

     

    I had scores to settle, letters to write

    I had to drop them all overnight

    Danger to my left, death to my right

    I could hear you

    An alien rain was beating like a drum

    While the wind was shouting about Kingdom Come

    I had played a lone hand, thought I had no one

    Lord, I could hear you

     

    In turmoil, trouble and pain

    Streets of fire and rattling chains

    In a world unraveled we struggle in vain

    I can hear you

    Soldiers pounded with rocket and shell

    Chased by the hounds of Hell

    Through it all a voice calls like a chiming bell

    I can hear you

  • 04:29 Lyrics
    My Horses Were Gone

    We have worked this land

    And never asked for more

    Every generation

    Since before the war

    I turn the dirt under

    I lay the seeds in

    Rise before the sun does

    I have discipline

     

    But I woke up this morning

    Put my boots on

    Checked my fences

    My horses were gone

     

    I ride tall in the saddle

    I was raised up right

    Though I might drink too much

    On a Saturday night

    But then I buckle down

    Because a job well done

    Always gives me

    Satisfaction

     

    I’ve seen creeks dry up

    I’ve had crops fail

    I’ve seen floodwaters rise

    And I’ve been whipped by hail

    I’ve had kinfolk die

    Seen my mother wear black

    But what’s been taken now

    I’m takin’ back

     

    But I know I’ll find them

    Yes, I surely will

    I can hear them runnin’

    If I stand stock still

     

    I looked in I looked in Oklahoma, I looked in Alabama, I looked in Louisiana, I looked down in Texas, I looked in Massachusetts, and I looked in Indiana – My horses were gone

  • 04:36 Lyrics
    Blood-suckin' Son of a Gun

    He fell head over heels for the girl who moved in next door

    He was mesmerized by her eyes and a smile to die for

    But the story took a turn as soon as the wedding bells rang

    She put two holes in his jugular, each about the size of a fang

     

    Oh yeah, now the deed is done

    He’s a bona fide red neck blood-suckin’ son of a gun

     

    He paid no attention to the rumors comin’ through the grapevine  

    How she howls at the moon and you never see her in the sunshine   

    He was dead set against all the negative things they say about her

    No way his sweet little angel might be downright sinister

     

    She’s got a rattlesnake tattoo- Looks like it’s crawlin’ up her arm

    And a necklace made of black cat bones is her good luck charm

    She’s got two big wolfhounds, named them Jekyl and Hyde

    He said, “Put ‘em on leash and we’ll go walkin’ on the wild side”

     

    Now they sleep in a queen-size coffin instead of a bed

    Hangin’ from the rafters watchin’ Night of the Livin’ Dead

    Behind a black picket fence they’re still the talk of the town

    So everybody lock your doors when the sun goes down

  • 04:05 Lyrics
    Memory Lane

    It’s the third house from the corner

                            with all the shades pulled down

    Where sunlight isn’t welcome anymore

    And a man on dry land is just about to drown

    Amid the empty bottles on the floor

     

    If he answers when you come to call,

    His face is blurred and grey

    Indistinct, like you’re seein’ him through rain

    And behind the faded curtains

    It’s always yesterday

    He will drink until he joins her

    At the end of Memory Lane

     

    Pictures on his wall tell the story

    A young man – By his side a pretty wife

    Standing proud in all their former glory

    Whiskey cannot bring her back to life

     

    He had no premonition when he saw

                                              the flashing lights

    The sirens he will hear forevermore

    No, he didn’t know he lost her on that

                                             cold November night

    Until the fateful knock upon the door

  • 03:31 Lyrics
    I Couldn't Find You

    I’ve been waitin’, walkin’, wanderin’ all around this town

    I’ve been waitin’, walkin’, wanderin’ -Checked the lost and found

    There was a penny in the gutter and an old love letter

    That somebody tore in two

    But oh – I couldn’t find you

     

    I went down to the station

    Found a rider on a southbound train

    Sang the blues in the night

    Left a tear on the windowpane

    When I heard the words “Born to Lose”

    And how he done her wrong

    I said, “Oh no

    She’s singin’ our song”

     

    I found the moon and it was only

    A cold white stone in the sky

    Found a room and it was empty

    Left alone

    And I still don’t know why

    I found all the king’s horses

    And all the king’s men

    I said, “Please

    Piece us back together again”

  • 04:26 Lyrics
    A Shot Across the Bow

    I was strolling on the deck

    Underneath the starry skies

    When something to my left

    Made my hackles rise

    It tore through the black night

    And caught me off guard

    It hit me from the port side

    And it hit me hard

     

    Oh no –

    You’ve gone and done it now

    You threw down the gauntlet

    And fired a shot across the bow

     

    You made a grave miscalculation

    When you crossed the line

    A blatant provocation

    I must respond in kind

    You did your best to shake me

    That wasn’t very nice

    You better reconsider, Baby

    Or pay a high price

     

    So how do you like it?

    I pushed you back on your heels

    The shoe is on the other foot

    Tell me, how does that feel?

    I used to be so meek and mild

    Your anger I did dread

    But that was yesterday

    “Damn the torpedoes

    Full speed ahead!”

  • 02:41 Lyrics
    Throwin' Off Sparks

    In a Monte Carlo ridin’ low

    Hollywood Boulevard the place to go

    All the people up and down the street

    Dressed so fine – Yeah, they look so sweet

     

    The sun has set

    And it’s getting’ dark

    Bumper hits the pavement

    Starts throwin’ off sparks

     

    There’s Crazy Mary and Peggy Sue

    Friday night – nothin’ to do

    They’re on the corner

    Just hangin’ out

    Then Crazy Mary – She starts to shout

     

    “Don’t you know

    We glow in the dark?

    Come on, let’s go

    Watch ‘em throwin’ off sparks

     

    Then Peggy Sue – She starts to sing

    “My baby gave me a diamond ring

    He kissed me once – I couldn’t talk

    He kissed me twice – Electric shock”

     

    We’re live wires

    We glow in the dark

    Down on the boulevard

    We’re throwin’ off sparks

  • 04:47 Lyrics
    The Bluebirds Don't Sing Here Anymore

    In a country shack long ago

    In a room out back they turned the lamp down low

    Struck the strings and began to play

    Then they spread their wings and flew away

     

    The bluebirds don’t sing here anymore

     

    Down at the crossroads they rode the night train

    Look on yonder wall – Hand them down their walkin’ cane

    There’s a red house where they used to stay

    We ain’t seen them in ninety-nine and one half days

     

    They rolled and tumbled – Heard the fallin’ rain

    They said it felt like a ball and chain

    Hey, baby, you don’t have to go

    We’re goin’ down down down to where the muddy waters flow

     

    People came from miles around

    Just to hear their little guitar sound

    We keep tryin’ to carry on

    But the sky is crying’ – The thrill is gone

  • 03:25 Lyrics
    Before We Go

    A woman in the prime of her beauty

    In ancient days steppin’ down to the Nile

    Paused to look at her reflection

    And she smiled a mysterious smile

     

    Oh – in the sweet bye and bye

    When that chariot swings down low

    We’re gone and forgotten in the blink of an eye

    All the more reason to rock before we go

     

    A drifter down to the last dime in his pocket

    Said, “I’ve got the world on a string

    To be alive even for a minute

    Is no trifling matter, no trivial thing”

     

    I heard these words from a wise man

    “We’re a puff of smoke – We’re a vapor trail

    Left by a jet flying over the ocean”

    I said, “Yes, I know, but I still want to wail”

     

    So what if we’re dust on somebody’s window

    Just a dot on history’s page

    At least you get your dance in the spotlight

    At least you get your hour on the stage

  • 04:28 Lyrics
    The Palace of the King

    Oh you should have been there

    All quiet and serene

    I wish you could have seen it

    The courtyard of the queen

    There were turrets up above

    And corridors below

    And all her garden flowers

    Grew in even, ordered rows

     

    And they talked about it

    These and other things

    As they stood outside

    The palace of the king

     

    Those who still remember

    Say that not be outdone

    All her jewels shone light

    Rivals to the sun

    And the king walked in majesty

    They wrote it down in song

    But they had to avert their eyes

    They couldn’t look at him too long

     

    But there was discontent

    There was trouble threatening

    But word never reached

    The palace of the king

    They chanted in one voice

    Hands curled around the door

    They said, “We’ve waited and we’ve waited

    But we will wait no more”

    And they stormed all the walls down

    Overturned everything

    They shouted in one voice

    “The king is dead – Long live the king!”

My Turn

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 2010
Red Cat Records
Released 2010
Red Cat Records
Tenth studio album, featuring nine new originals and one cover song
  • 04:26 Lyrics
    My Turn

    I got off the road and I felt so wired

    Mama said, “I’m worried ‘cause you look too tired”

    “Yes, I know, Mama, it’s a jungle out there

    But I’m livin’ a dream and I just don’t care”

     

    Got music to play

    Got a fire to burn

    Every dog has his day

    And now it’s my turn

     

    Got to the club, setting up our sound

    The owner rolled his eyes, said, “Can you keep it down?

    It’s a mellow crowd – Don’t know how much they can stand”

    We said, “For cryin’ out loud, we’re a rock and roll band”

     

    Then the man from the label walked in

    Said, “We’ll sweeten up the tracks with some violins”

    We said, “No, no, Mister, let’s cut to the chase

    What you hear is what you get – guitar, drums and bass”

  • 04:57 Lyrics
    The Boy From the Rodeo

    The townsfolk spoke about her, told me all they knew

    Said she’s not much one for talkin’

    She’s been in Oklahoma now since 1962

    You’ll find her out on her front porch rockin’

     

    She saw me comin’, kickin’ up dust as I got near

    Watched me with her eyes of faded blue

    She asked me not unkindly, “What are you doin’ way out here?

    No one takes this road unless they have to”

     

    It was a long, long time ago

    The day she fell in love with the boy from the rodeo

     

    He tipped his hat to me that day at the Tulsa County Fair 

    He told me, “Bronco ridin’s what I do”

    Even though he didn’t know it, I swore right then and there

    He’s the only one I’d ever give my heart to

     

    With every ride I prayed he wasn’t riding for a fall

    Till the day he drew the horse called Satan’s Son

    For a moment there it seemed like he’d bust that devil after all

    But in a flash he lay there broken, my darling one

     

    She said, “I ran through the crowd and the dirt and the mud and I heard my own voice scream

    ‘Lord – Please don’t let him die’

    One horse, one ride, one fall, one hoof, two hearts with trampled dreams 

    Now I live with the prairie wind and the southern sky”

     

    I left her on the porch with the shadows growing long

    She waved goodbye and watched me go

    She turned to face the sunset and rocked to an old, old song

    On the breeze I heard, “Ki-yi-yippie-yi-yo”

  • 04:37 Lyrics
    I Sympathize With You

    Look around – Tell me, please

    Do you feel a sense of unease?

    Something’s wrong – Feel it in your bones

    Truth on the scaffold, deception on the throne

    You can’t decide who’s to blame

    The focus shifts – The subject moves out

                                                        of frame

     

    Oh – I’ve felt the same thing too

    That’s why I sympathize with you

     

    You keep thinking it’s such a crime

    And the thought goes ‘round and ‘round like

                                                a nursery rhyme

    Something’s stolen – You don’t know what

    Some essential has been severed and cut

    The screen flickers – The gear slips

    The word “Danger” on children’s lips

     

    Your sleep disturbed by a distant drum

    Is it the cadence of revolutions yet to come?

    Or is it a ship in distress, tapping out in code, S.O.S.?

    Hear the shout, “Search and destroy!”

    While we’re just looking for our comfort and joy

  • 03:59 Lyrics
    Ship of Fools

    Yes, I know I was asking for trouble

    No need to go through the wreckage for clues

    All the kisses grown cold – It’s the same old story

    Play Cupid’s game and you’re bound to lose

     

    So, Love, hey thanks – Look what you started

    Made me weep and wail – How could you be so cruel?

    I joined the ranks of the broken-hearted

    Set sail on the ship of fools

     

    The moon is a silver-tongued devil

    A smooth-talking rogue with an eye to romance

    Dazzled in its glow as he whispered low

                                                            such sweet words

    Found myself saying, “Sure – Let’s take a chance”

     

    Swept away, and now I’m stranded

    Every bridge burned, no return ticket to be found

    The bloom’s off the rose – I’m just one of those

                                                                     disenchanted

    Here I sit where I hit the rocks, ran aground

  • 04:15 Lyrics
    Threw a Rock in the River

    I was in the congregation

    And I heard the preacher say

    “Give in to sin and temptation

    There’ll be hell to pay

    Fire and brimstone

    Ten thousand degrees”

    I shouted, “Lord, have mercy

    Bring Satan to his knees”

     

    Threw a rock in the river

    Threw a stone in the well

    Put my ear to the ground

    And I heard the devil yell

     

    He said, “You’re causing a commotion

    Stop making such a fuss

    I’ll blow up the ocean

    Grind the mountains into dust

    How dare you defy me?

    Don’t you know who I am?

    Gonna shake you like a rag doll

    I’m the king of the damned”

     

    The devil stood before me

    Said, “Prepare for your demise”

    So I loaded up my slingshot

    Hit him right between the eyes

  • 02:57 Lyrics
    Set the Wheels in Motion

    Countdown – Hear your heart pound

    Pray to Heaven on high

    You took a last look

    In the rear view mirror at the clear blue sky

    It’s real – You feel

    Fear like the blade of a knife

    You know – Uh oh

    You’re in for the ride of your life

     

    This is it  - Can’t quit

    Yeah, you’re under the gun

    Get ready – Hold steady

    Set the wheels in motion

     

    Side by side – Three wide

    You know every note of the engine’s song

    In your ear you hear

    Up ahead something’s gone wrong

    Blown tire – Ring of fire

    Split second to make up your mind

    It’s all right – Hang on tight

    Let it chatter but hold the line

  • 04:18 Lyrics
    Almost Sounds Like California

    I’ve been thinking for a while now

    Something’s gotta give

    What do you say we make a vow?

    Find the spark we started with

     

    How about you, amigo?

    Shall we go dancing cheek to cheek?

    We could scale these prison walls

    You’ve still got that wild streak

     

    There’s a wind outside my door

    It’s an old familiar friend

    Almost sounds like California

    Saying, “Stranger, where you been?”

     

    We all have our souvenirs

    Something held apart

    A little treasure tucked away

    In a corner of the heart

     

    A flower pressed in paper

    A letter in a drawer

    Mine’s a seashell from Laguna

    I can hear the Pacific Ocean roar

     

    Let’s trip the light fantastic

    Go hear that crooner sing

    “Where the Blue of the Night

                        Meets the Gold of the Day”

    The Santa Ana’s calling

  • 04:38
    Disturbia
  • 03:08 Lyrics
    Spin Around the Sun

    Little sister has her best dress on

    Getting ready to dance till dawn

    Talked to Johnny just the other night

    Can’t make it – Got cut in a fight

     

    As we spin around, spin around the sun

    As we spin around, spin around the sun

     

    Down on the corner of Sunset and Vine

    Saw a man – He carried a sign

    “The world will end on the First of June”

    Sang “Amazing Grace” and he sang it in tune

     

    Billy drove through the old side of town

    Streets torn up and buildings torn down

    Poor Billy – Now whatcha gonna do?

    “Goin’ down to Macon in my Blue Suede Shoes”

     

    People talkin’ on the telephone

    Don’t want to stand on this rock alone

    They need affection, someone to care

    Lost the connection – Is anybody there?

  • 03:20 Lyrics
    Roses and Bones

    I had a little friend in my childhood

    The fairest flower of them all

    The kind that blooms in the springtime

    Then is gone long before the fall

     

    I’ll show you the pathway to take through the pines

    I’ll tell you the names on the stones

    But I won’t go to the graveyard – No, I’ll stay behind

    Too many roses and bones

     

    There are those who do find comfort

    When they see their loved ones’ resting place

    As for me, I prefer the memory

    Of the way sunlight played upon her face

     

    I am told we’ll all be together

    Young again on that distant shore

    Joined with the dearly departed

    I’ll see them then and not before

The Stone Coyotes Live

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 2010
Red Cat Records
Released 2010
Red Cat Records
4 song EP of live show August, 2010 at The Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA
  • 04:15 Lyrics
    Land of the Living (live)
    In too deep, I keep getting caught in the brambles
    Spun around, run down trying to walk a straight line
    Oh well - truth to tell, my life is in shambles
    Anybody asks, I say I’m doing just fine

    Hey, wait a minute – What do I see?
    Flying in low it’s an angel of mercy
    Through the Valley of Death I’ve been driven
    Now I’m back in the land of the livin’

    I’ve been scarred, got caught off guard – took a bullet
    In my hour of need start to bleed, thinking maybe I’ve been cursed
    Left for dead, hanging by a thread with no one to pull it
    Shake my fist at the sky and say, “All right – Do your worst”

    Voice of fear in my ear keeps repeating, “You’re stranded
    In the wilderness – Oh yes – with all the lost and forlorn”
    I said, “Oh no, I won’t go from this life empty-handed
    Come on, Gabriel, blow your horn”

     

  • 03:41 Lyrics
    Desperate Times (live)
    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

     

  • 04:44 Lyrics
    Blue Mountain (live)
    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

     

  • 04:41 Lyrics
    Threw A Rock In the River (live)

    I was in the congregation

    And I heard the preacher say

    “Give in to sin and temptation

    There’ll be hell to pay

    Fire and brimstone

    Ten thousand degrees”

    I shouted, “Lord, have mercy

    Bring Satan to his knees”

     

    Threw a rock in the river

    Threw a stone in the well

    Put my ear to the ground

    And I heard the devil yell

     

    He said, “You’re causing a commotion

    Stop making such a fuss

    I’ll blow up the ocean

    Grind the mountains into dust

    How dare you defy me?

    Don’t you know who I am?

    Gonna shake you like a rag doll

    I’m the king of the damned”

     

    The devil stood before me

    Said, “Prepare for your demise”

    So I loaded up my slingshot

    Hit him right between the eyes

A Rude Awakening

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 2009
Red Cat Records
Released 2009
Red Cat Records
  • 03:46 Lyrics
    A Rude Awakening

    I went to bed and I closed my eyes
    Tried to sing myself lullabies
    No such luck – I said mercy me
    Got taken out of my reverie
    And then I heard three ravens sing
    “You’re in for a rude awakening”

    I met a man, a gambler by trade
    He was sitting pretty, yes he had it made
    A high stakes game, no walk in the park
    The deck was stacked and the cards were marked
    He said, “I might have to pawn my diamond ring
    I’m in for a rude awakening”

    The moon looked down and the hour was late
    I dreamed of wolves at the door and barbarians
    at the gate
    Of a piece of parchment rolled up thin
    That the messenger brought as he leaned right in
    And gave cold comfort to the king
    It read, “You’re in for a rude awakening”

    I tossed and turned, beset by fears
    My pillow was wet with tears
    Nero grinned, said, “There’s a lesson to be learned
    You know what I was doing while my city burned”
    And he dragged the bow across the strings
    Said, “You’re in for a rude awakening”

  • 04:04 Lyrics
    The Ones Who Rocked and Rolled

    In a churchyard lies a man
    His story widely known
    One day I came upon a girl
    Laying flowers by his stone

    I said, “It is not my intention
    To intrude upon your grief
    I’ll say one thing and one thing only
    And it is my true belief”

    Somewhere it is written
    In a book all bound in gold
    They are assured a place in Heaven
    The ones who rocked and rolled

    She said, “He was taken
    In his thirty-seventh year
    And since that fateful morning
    I come to feel his presence here

    If you were to ask me
    It is his voice I miss the most
    When someone speaks a little like him
    I turn as if I’ve seen a ghost”

    I prepared to take my leave
    For her face was drawn and pale
    She said, “Your words so kind I’ll bring to mind
    When my courage starts to fail

    In the middle of the night
    I cannot keep my thoughts at bay
    I see him climbing up the burning stairwell
    To the call of Mayday, Mayday, Mayday”

    Somewhere it is written
    In the book of kindred souls
    They answered "Yes" to the question
    "Did you rock? Did you roll?""

     

  • 04:07 Lyrics
    Might Have Been Memphis

    Tell me who is that I see
    In the mirror staring back at me
    Looking like she’s been through hell
    Living in a run down motel?
    Torn curtains, tattered dreams
    All coming apart at the seams
    Why was I so blind?

    Might have been Memphis
    Where I saw the light
    I can’t do this – Gonna make it right
    Lord, took your name in vain
    I confess I’ve been raising Cain
    Little girl singing in the choir
    Grew up, started playing with fire
    I said, “What am I doin’
    Goin’ full speed ahead on the road to ruin?”

    Hard to say where it all went wrong
    Always was a little headstrong
    Turned my back on the golden rule
    Got a reputation as a rebel in school
    Mama said, “You used to make us so proud
    What are you doin’, for cryin’ out loud?”
    Why was I so blind?

    I said, “You’re not gonna hold me down
    I’m gettin’ out of this one horse town
    Not gonna listen to you anymore”
    Stormed out the house and I slammed the door
    Jumped in the car and I put it in Drive
    Hit the highway doin’ ninety-five
    Why was I so blind?

    Up till dawn and sleep all day
    Skin and bones and I’m wasting away
    Wish I may and I wish I might
    Be the child singing “Silent Night”
    On the phone I swore I wasn’t cryin’
    Daddy said, “ I always could tell when you were lyin’”
    I said, “Please – Can I come home?”

  • 04:33 Lyrics
    The River's Mouth
    She drums her fingers on the windowsill
    And glances out at the far dark hill
    Something makes her hesitate
    Then turn back to the cup and plate

    What’s that music in my ear
    Running deep and running clear?
    (It’s a song I can almost hear)
    Something moves from North to South
    To the river’s mouth

    Behind his desk he’s grey and tired
    While suns explode and stars inspire
    He said, “All my fury has been spent
    Whether by design or accident”

    The old man’s family is bowed in grief
    While his spirit dives off the barrier reef
    He said, “I don’t want to step on your muddy banks
    Your tangled grasses – Oh no thanks”

    So hurl your spears and set your lairs
    But you’d better aim with deadly care
    For if you don’t, I may yet evade
    The hangman’s noose and the hunter’s blade

     

  • 03:55 Lyrics
    Creepin' Like a Cat
    When the sun’s gone down and everyone’s closed up shop
    When all the dancers know it’s time to stop
    When shutters bang and shades are drawn
    Gentlefolk go home and put their bedclothes on

    Something stirs and birds take flight
    Shadows elongate in the white streetlight
    It jumps from the wall without making a sound
    Says, “This is the hour when I own this town”

    Watch out, World, I’m comin’ through
    Now what do you think of that?
    Down the avenue about half past two
    I’ll be creepin’ like a cat

    While you’re all dreaming your sweet little dreams
    Remember nothing, no, nothing’s what it seems
    I’m shakin’ the city off my paws
    I mean you no harm – I’ll retract my claws

    I’m hunter and hunted and that’s fine with me
    The laws of the universe fit to a T
    I’ve been here forever breathing perfumes of the night
    I feel it all and I feel all right

     

  • 04:53 Lyrics
    Reunited

    “Should old
    Acquaintance be forgot”
    Lately I’ve
    Been giving it some thought
    And it seems
    To me unjust
    That time and circumstance
    Should separate us

    On this January day
    Remember what was said
    We will be
    Reunited

    I heard
    The bell toll
    And it chipped the paint
    Right off my soul
    Left it exposed
    To the rain and the wind
    Got me watching the door
    Waiting for you to walk in


    “Death shall have no dominion”
    Isn’t that what the poet said?
    And you know, he was right
    He’s really not dead
    Though he sleeps
    Behind abbey walls
    His voice still lingers
    And we hear it call

    The way a hawk
    Goes into a dive
    Makes us shake our heads and say
    “So that’s what it’s like to be really alive”
    And things
    That make us laugh out loud
    The way we’d look in white robes
    Holding hands in a cloud

    And then –
    Like an actor in a play
    So as not to overdo it
    Throws his exit line away
    With a small salute
    A wink and a nod
    Walks off Stage Right
    Into the arms of God

  • 03:58 Lyrics
    Thunder on the Left (remake)
    Somewhere out there I hear a church bell ringing
    Somewhere out there a widow starts to weep
    Out of nowhere a single flash of lightning
    Somewhere out there a sentry’s fallen asleep

    I’ve got a nagging suspicion
    Something’s not quite right
    There’s an old superstition
    Thunder on the left – Trouble tonight

    What’s that sound like the pounding hooves of horses?
    Who’s that in the shadows lurking at the gate?
    Rouse the guards – Marshal all your forces
    Send out a warning – Pray it’s not too late

    Somewhere out there a ship sails on a dark sea
    Somewhere a drummer boy’s far from home
    In my mind I see a ragtag army
    Kicking up a cloud of dust on the road to Rome

     

  • 02:59 Lyrics
    I Wanna Be a Punk Again
    I wanna be a punk again
    I’m tired of being quiet
    I wanna be a punk again
    Time to start a riot

    I’ve got the inclination
    To turn back the pages
    Create some agitation
    And act outrageous

    Goin’ down to CBGB
    Gonna damage my ears
    I want to hear…
    “Hey ho, let’s go let’s go”
    I want to go way back when
    I wanna be a punk again

    I wanna be a punk again
    Don’t want to settle down
    I wanna be a punk again
    Get driven out of town

    Safety pins and chains
    A black leather jacket
    Throwin’ punches in the pit
    And make a big racket

    Joey, Dee Dee, Johnny, Tommy
    Do you hear us call your name?
    Joey, Dee Dee, Johnny, Tommy
    You’re the keepers of the flame

    Way over in the U.K.
    Johnny, Steve and Sid
    You may not have had fun
    But we sure did

     

  • 04:06 Lyrics
    What a Pity

    Out in Franklin County
    Not too far from here
    Two men loved one woman
    And the price they paid was dear

    She said, “I’d like to marry
    But I’m not sure which one
    I guess I’ll play it out
    Until the setting sun”

    One man stood before her
    His hands trembling and cold
    He said, “I’d like to take you for my bride
    To have and to hold”

    She said, “But you must understand
    I’m not sure who I love
    It might be you and it might be him
    That I am dreaming of”

    Sometimes in love
    We play a deadly game
    I hear the angels up above
    Say, “What a pity, what a shame”

    Her mother tried to tell her
    “You court disaster down the line
    Play one man against the other
    And you’re no daughter of mine”

    “Mother, don’t be so serious
    Broken hearts can always mend
    I will soon make up my mind
    And besides, they’re the best of friends”

    Meanwhile as she spoke these words
    One was taking out his knife
    And in a fit of jealous rage
    He took his best friend’s life

    She ran down to where he lay dying
    He was cradled in her arms
    All that she could think to say was
    “I never meant to do you harm”

    The trial was a sad sad thing
    All the judge could say -
    “I sent one man to prison
    But the real killer got away”

  • 03:49 Lyrics
    Never Say Die
    I can see that you’re all shook up
    You’ve been drinking from an empty cup
    Getting ready for the fatal blow
    Time to shout out, “No, No, No!”

    Oh – It’s the age-old battle cry
    (The odds we must defy)
    Wipe the tear away from your eye
    Never say die

    Don’t get me started – I could tell you tales
    Of bloody streets where the sirens wail
    Blinded by ”the rocket’s red glare”
    Pounding hearts and whispered prayers

    So when they tell you that it’s over and done
    That your chances are slim to none
    Don’t you listen to what they say
    Remember where there’s a will, there’s a way

     

  • 04:39 Lyrics
    A Deep and Abiding Love
    Now that hard times leave us shaken
    Swaying as the cruel wind blows
    One possession can’t be taken
    A single jewel still glows

    I say to you words fair and true
    One treasure stands above
    I’d trade all the gold in Spanish ships of old
    For a deep and abiding love

    Galleons sailing through the ages
    Had riches from stern to bow
    Useless when the fever rages
    Give me a cool soothing hand on my brow

    So take your gold and take your silver
    But leave our love alone
    We made a vow to last forever
    Till the sun’s just a cold grey stone

     

VIII

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 2008
Red Cat Records
Released 2008
Red Cat Records
  • 03:25 Lyrics
    Tomorrow Is Another Day
    I’ve been hiding here behind the eight ball
    Wondering who’s calling on the telephone
    Scratching off a ticket, hoping for a windfall
    Bill collector’s got an ominous tone

    I keep thinking that someday maybe
    My ship will come in and my wishes come true
    In the meantime it’s driving me crazy
    I wonder now - what about you?

    Oh well – All right
    Doesn’t matter anyway
    Like Scarlett said in Gone With the Wind
    “Tomorrow is another day”

    Tell me, what’s that on the horizon
    Peace in the valley or calm before the storm?
    All I know is when I sit by the fire
    Lord help me, I used to feel warm

    When you were a child do you remember
    Running through the green fields back then?
    Hey little child, where did you run to
    And do you think you could get there again?

     

  • 04:56 Lyrics
    Land of the Living
    In too deep, I keep getting caught in the brambles
    Spun around, run down trying to walk a straight line
    Oh well - truth to tell, my life is in shambles
    Anybody asks, I say I’m doing just fine

    Hey, wait a minute – What do I see?
    Flying in low it’s an angel of mercy
    Through the Valley of Death I’ve been driven
    Now I’m back in the land of the livin’

    I’ve been scarred, got caught off guard – took a bullet
    In my hour of need start to bleed, thinking maybe I’ve been cursed
    Left for dead, hanging by a thread with no one to pull it
    Shake my fist at the sky and say, “All right – Do your worst”

    Voice of fear in my ear keeps repeating, “You’re stranded
    In the wilderness – Oh yes – with all the lost and forlorn”
    I said, “Oh no, I won’t go from this life empty-handed
    Come on, Gabriel, blow your horn”

     

  • 04:40 Lyrics
    Not Right Now
    I’ve heard all about it
    How “time and tide wait for no man”
    I guess that means in translation
    Have a little fun while you can

    I said Oh -
    When St. Peter calls me I’ll be ready to go
    But not right now
    I’ve got John Lee Hooker on the stereo

    Got my papers in order
    My children’s names in the will
    All been signed and notarized
    Lord, it gave me a chill

    When nobody’s looking
    I do a little dance in my room
    Making sure my blinds are drawn
    Keep out the doom and gloom

    He’s a million miles from nowhere
    In a one room country little shack
    I’ve got half a mind to go find it
    And if I do I might not come back

     

  • 03:41 Lyrics
    The Lights of Home
    Now I don’t know you and you don’t know me
    I’m grateful for your company
    I’ll speak these words as to a friend
    Then I’ll be on my weary way again

    I tell you in confidence
    I’d give all I own
    From my wandering to be free, from this dark road to see
    The lights of home

    Memory has a mighty power
    To illuminate a lonely hour
    A willow by a waterfall
    Flashes on a hotel wall

    From gilded cities and crowded skies
    To desolate highways that hypnotize
    Rolling wheels sing a traveler’s song
    To the ones like us who’ve been gone too long

     

  • 04:33 Lyrics
    All For Angelina
    Looking back to when it started
    He said it didn’t seem like much
    Just that her hand under his own
    Felt electric to the touch

    But it was enough to shake the planets
    To shock the moon and stars
    To make the fates hang down their heads
    As they watched him from afar

    All for Angelina
    He said she was the only one
    All for Angelina
    He cried, “What have I done?”

    She said, “If you truly love me
    Do this for me at least
    Bring me diamonds mined in Africa
    And rubies from the East

    I want a shawl from the Orient
    From Paris a fine dress”
    He said, “I guess other men before me
    Have sold their souls for less”

    It was just another plan gone wrong
    And like the songs of old
    Blood spilled on a dark street
    For silver and for gold

    He said, “Put me in a prison cell
    In the shadow of the gallows high
    And I will pay my restitution
    Until the day I die”

    He said, “I though we had forever
    I thought we had all the time in the world
    That we would live our love
    Like we were the last boy and the last girl

    Angelina, can you hear me?
    Do you hear me call your name?
    Or are you out there burning in the night
    Drawing new moths to your flame?”

     

     

  • 04:38 Lyrics
    The Beat's Got a Hold on Me
    The beat’s got a hold on me
    Yes, I hear a symphony
    Down through history
    (Everywhere I go on the radio)
    They say, “The beat’s got a hold on me”

    Here’s a word to the wise
    We’ve all been mesmerized
    Joining in one by one
    We’re moving in unison

    And you know that I’ve tried to leave it
    I tell myself I don’t need it
    But then again the minute I hear it
    It’s a magnetic pull and I’m in the spirit

    The cradle started to rock
    The mouse ran up the clock
    The clock struck one two three
    Said, “The beat’s got a hold on me”

    From a mother’s lullaby
    Singing, “Hush, baby, don’t you cry”
    To every port of call, every dance hall
    They say – Yeah

    Sailors on the sea
    Sang, “Nearer My God to Thee”
    When they heard the trade winds blow
    They sang, “Yo ho ho oh-oh”

    Soldiers sang, “Here we come”
    As they marched to the fife and drum
    Thunder of boots on the ground
    And the walls came tumbling down

    Do the two-step
    Do the twist
    Shake your tail feathers
    Do it like this
    Play La Bamba
    Play a tango
    Play a requiem
    ‘Cause I’m feeling low
    Do the buck and wing
    Do the stroll
    Play a minuet
    Play some rock and roll

     

  • 04:06 Lyrics
    Trouble Down in Texas
    He was driving west through Beaumont
    Heard a story in a bar
    It scared him half to death
    And he jumped back in his car

    There’s a girl who’s hunting cowboys
    Carving notches in her gun
    Casualties are mounting
    Lost count at twenty-one

    Your days are numbered
    If she sets her sights on you
    There’s trouble down in Texas
    And her name is Betty Lou

    She was courted by a cowboy
    Down on bended knee
    He pledged eternal love
    But it was not to be

    He left her at the altar
    A sweet and blushing bride
    Now she is a woman scorned
    Hell-bent on homicide

    He was hiding out in Houston
    But he didn’t stay for long
    They said he bore a strong resemblance
    To the one who done her wrong

    In an icehouse up in Conroe
    He was taken by surprise
    When a girl walked through the swinging doors
    Vendetta in her eyes

    Her two gold teeth were flashing
    He saw her skull tattoo
    She said, “Hi - Nice to meet y’all
    My name is Betty Lou”

    He headed for the alley
    Ducking buckshot as he ran
    His mind already working
    On a relocation plan

    There’s a new endangered species
    And cowboy is its name
    He said, “I’m moving out of state
    And I suggest you do the same

    If you want to send a postcard
    Address it Katmandu
    There’s trouble down in Texas
    And her name is Betty Lou”

     

     

  • 04:44 Lyrics
    Brand New Car
    There once was a girl in days gone by
    She lived at the oceanside
    She only had one care in the world
    She didn’t want to beg a ride

    But suddenly a sweet surprise
    Came right out of the blue
    She called her friends with tears in her eyes
    Said, “I’ve got some real good news”

    My Daddy gave me a brand new car
    It’s a Rocket 88
    Gonna drive it up to the stars
    Let’s go – Now don’t be late

    She liked the feel of the wheel in her Oldsmobile
    She said, “From way up high we’ll look back down
    See all the streets, all the avenues
    In every city and town

    Hey, there’s Mustang Sally
    Maybelline in a Coupe DeVille
    Here comes a little red Corvette
    Rollin’ on down the hill

    Way down below there’s a GTO
    I pray it won’t collide
    With a little Deuce Coupe on Dead Man’s Curve
    Cruisin’ side by side

    They’re playing our tune, Fly Me To the Moon
    And we’re taking off tonight
    From here to the stratosphere
    Out of reach, out of sight”

    So if you’re getting’ your kicks on Route 66
    And a Rocket comes along
    She’ll be riding in style and she’ll throw you a smile
    While she’s singing this little song

     

  • 03:40 Lyrics
    A Charmed Life
    I was born on a Friday
    The thirteenth of July
    That’s when my guardian angel
    Kissed me goodbye
    Now me and misfortune
    Are joined at the hip
    I’ve spent my whole life
    Trying to give her the slip

    Hey – I guess you could say
    I lead a charmed life

    I went to Madame Rosita
    She read the palm of my hand
    She said to be on the lookout
    For a bow-legged man
    I asked with some trepidation
    “Can you at least tell me why?”
    She said, “That’s all the information
    A dollar will buy”

    Am I a victim of voodoo?
    Is someone playing a game?
    Sticking pins in a doll
    And muttering my name?
    They say over the rainbow
    Bluebirds fly
    But there’s a chain link fence
    Between me and the sky

     

  • 02:54 Lyrics
    If I Knew How to Dance
    I hear an old tune
    I see a Creole moon
    And a warm wind
    Comes drifting in
    There’s a rockin’ show
    I want to go

    Oh so many things I could do
    Like a bird on the wing I could fly to you
    If I knew
    If I knew how to dance

    I’d know how it feels
    To wear high heels
    To go steppin’ out
    See what it’s all about
    To smell the sweet perfume
    In a crowded room

    And then you’d notice me
    In my finery
    With a tender touch
    Say, “I love you so much”
    And then the sound would start pumpin’
    And my heart would be thumpin’
    And the joint starts jumpin’

     

  • 04:08
    Kern River
  • 03:52 Lyrics
    The Grey Robe of the Rain
    When I was young I read words on a page
    I didn’t understand – I hadn’t come of age
    But when I was older I heard the refrain
    I wear the grey robe of the rain

    I call to the sun in the sky
    Dry the silver tear in my eye
    I feel the dig of that chain
    I wear the grey robe of the rain

    I saw a lady – She walked through the town
    She had dazzling jewels and a rich velvet gown
    But I looked in her eyes – There was no need to explain
    She said, “Yes, I wear the grey robe of the rain”

    Once in my travels I came upon a child
    With the pallor of one who has never run wild
    Thin face lifted to the light all alone
    Like a flower that grows through the cracks of a stone

    I’ve squandered and scattered and wasted my days
    Everything of value I have gambled away
    Now I’m hollow and haunted and I can just bear the strain
    I wear the grey robe of the rain

    Time’s whip left a welt – Life’s grip left a bruise
    No doctor can heal and still I refuse
    To wither, to bend, to succumb to the pain
    Someday I’ll throw off the grey robe of the rain

     

Dreams of Glory

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 2006
Red Cat Records
Released 2006
Red Cat Records
  • 04:45 Lyrics
    Party Down the Hall
    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”

     

  • 04:23 Lyrics
    Blue Mountain
    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

     

  • 03:30 Lyrics
    Desperate Times
    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

     

  • 03:28 Lyrics
    Dreams of Glory
    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

     

  • 03:47 Lyrics
    Johnny Rock's Cantina

    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?

  • 03:52 Lyrics
    Back to New York

    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

  • 04:11
    Bad Luck
  • 04:09
    Streets of Laredo
  • 02:59
    Ace of Spades
  • 04:59 Lyrics
    Peace of Mind
    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

     

  • 04:26 Lyrics
    Digging for Gold
    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?

     

  • 04:03 Lyrics
    Any Way the Wind Blows (remix)
    One day by chance as I sat by my window
    I happened to glance down to the street below
    At people passing by as they appeared and
    disappeared from view
    I saw a girl she was smiling, she was laughing, she was talking
    To a boy - arm in arm they were walking
    He turned to hold her close and I saw that it was you

    And you ask me where I'll go
    I tell you I don't know
    Maybe any way the wind blows

    At first I denied it - I refused to believe
    That you could betray me that you could deceive
    But now I see that our love has come to an end
    I want no more of these conversations
    I've had enough of your explanations
    I say never, never darken my door again

    North South East West
    The four corners of the world - I won't rest
    'Til every sea, every mountain I have crossed
    And some day you might feel a breeze
    A slight shiver in the trees
    And remember the girl you once loved and you lost

     

  • 04:19 Lyrics
    Whole Lotta Money (live)
    We've all seen it
    Read about it
    Beg borrow steal
    It's part of the American Dream

    Rich people
    They've got yachts in the harbor
    Fountains on the lawns
    Champagne in the limousines

    Oh yeah I wonder
    Why they have all the fun
    And we're still under
    Under the gun

    Oh yeah it seems kind of funny
    I know it doesn't grow on trees
    They've got a whole lot of money
    They never give it to me

    Well ours
    Is a different story
    We're working all week
    And we barely make enough to get by
    It feels like
    All guts no glory
    We can't get ahead
    No matter how hard we try

     

  • 03:35 Lyrics
    Hammer on the Nail (live)

    Something's breathin' down my back
    The sky outside has turned pitch black
    There's a storm cloud gathered on the hill
    And a hairline crack on my windowsill

    Oh - Have I gone beyond the pale?
    Even as we speak, I hear the hammer on the nail

    Saw a coffin open wide
    With a little baby child inside
    Beckoned to me with a white bone hand
    Said, "Come a little closer, you'll understand

    Do you You'll be a tear in Jesus' eye?"
    Once you think along these lines
    It all unravels, it all unwinds

    You ask me how I feel
    There's a hound dog snappin' at my heels
    And all these fears, once ignited
    Come back uninvited

    I've been lookin' out, I've been lookin' in
    I've been runnin' down the road in a howlin' wind

Fire It Up

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 2005
Red Cat Records
Released 2005
Red Cat Records
  • 03:40 Lyrics
    All Dressed Up
    “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”

     

  • 04:05 Lyrics
    Rock On
    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?

     

  • 05:07 Lyrics
    The Valley of Regret
    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

     

     

  • 03:58 Lyrics
    Fire It Up
    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

     

  • 04:43 Lyrics
    Rectified
    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

     

  • 03:19 Lyrics
    Stars In Her Eyes
    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

     

  • 04:02 Lyrics
    The Ghost of Vicksburg
    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

     

  • 03:41 Lyrics
    The Girls of America
    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”

     

  • 03:35 Lyrics
    No Turning Back
    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

     

  • 05:06 Lyrics
    Dance Band
    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

     

  • 02:43 Lyrics
    So Long, I'm Gone, Goodbye
    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

     

  • 03:57 Lyrics
    Wake Up, What's the Matter?
    “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!”

     

Rise From The Ashes

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 2003
Red Cat Records
Released 2003
Red Cat Records
  • 04:33 Lyrics
    House Of Confusion
    After the fact it’s hard to explain
    I think I went in to get out of the rain
    But all that really doesn’t matter now
    Ther was nothing that told, nothing that warned
    Just a path that looked a little forlorn
    On a dead-end street that made me uneasy somehow

    In the House of Confusion
    Lit by the lamp of fantasy
    Was it truth or illusion?
    I don’t know – You tell me

    There was dirt on the window and dust on the stair
    Nothing in the room but an old vinyl chair
    I don’t need to tell you I wasn’t jumping for joy
    I called out, “Where has everybody gone?”
    Someone left the record player on
    Marc Bolan singing “Twentieth Century Boy”

    Now I don’t know what’s real and what is not
    I might have known once but I forgot
    I crossed the threshold and something occurred
    The clock struck zero and time stood still
    The rain doesn’t stop and it never will
    I can assure you that every line is blurred

    I was dancing, I was acting coy
    In the arms of a twentieth century boy
    I introduced myself, said, “ It’s such a shame
    I only know you by your Christian name”
    He nodded once and he faded away
    But I could swear I heard him say
    “Welcome to the House of Confusion”

     

  • 04:38 Lyrics
    While Unseen Angels Hover
    In fitful dreams
    With dark themes
    That threaten to pull me under
    I call but make no sound
    Lost and never found
    Finally I wake to wonder

    How we do this at all
    Our backs against the wall
    With love the only doorway
    Praying for the light
    Out of reach, out of sight
    To guide us on our way

    We call on the moon and stars
    With voices from afar
    Their secrets to uncover
    We’re waiting here below
    For what, we do not know
    While unseen angels hover

    I’ve said all this before
    But I’ve been shaken to the core
    So forgive me any lapse of reason
    Courage is a lonely art
    I must take heart
    “To every thing there is a season”

    And sometimes we hear things
    Beating of gentle wings
    On our windowpanes
    Oh, but then
    They’re gone again
    And love is all that remains

    In the dead of night
    By electric light
    We sing the songs of old
    Come down to me, Sweet Mystery
    And play your harps of gold

     

  • 04:33 Lyrics
    Wolves At Your Door
    First let’s get our facts straight
    Let’s lay it on the line
    This has been building up
    For quite some time
    You say you’ve been wounded
    By the blade of a knife
    Frankly, I’m a little bit tired
    Of hearing how you’re scarred for life

    Go ahead and walk away
    What are you waiting for?
    But don’t come running to me
    When the wolves are at your door

    It’s come to my attention
    Yes, I’ve begun to suspect
    You’d be the one hiding down below
    When they cry, “All hands on deck”
    You like to dress in tatters
    As if you’ve been riding the rails
    I’d call that into question
    But we’d be going at it tooth and nail

    I tried to warn you
    But it’s just your style
    To look right through me
    With that all-knowing smile
    You can’t see their eyes of fire
    You don’t see them circle ‘round
    You won’t hear them howling
    Until they take you down

     

  • 03:38 Lyrics
    Heart Of A Champion
    You ask, “How goes the battle?
    Are you holding the line?”
    I may not look it
    But I’m doing just fine
    A little rough around the edges
    A little worse for wear
    But let me tell you I’m ready
    Stop me if you dare

    They tell you it can’t be done
    Say you’re not the chosen one
    Makes me want to scream and shout
    You don’t know what you’re talking about

    Gonna get up, won’t give up
    Rise to the occasion
    And see if within me
    (It’s true – Within you)
    Beats the heart of a champion

    I’ve been drinking my life
    From a broken cup
    A lot of time in the trenches
    That’ll toughen you up
    There comes a time – Oh, yes, there does
    To take off the gloves
    To say, “That’s it – I’ve had enough”
    Show them what you’re made of

    So when you’re down for the count
    You hear the standing eight
    It’s right down to the wire
    And you’re cursing your fate…

     

  • 03:27 Lyrics
    Ain't Nobody Home
    Right around December
    When the hard winds blow
    I think of the stranger
    Drifted in with the snow
    He didn’t stay long
    But when he looked my way
    Sent a cold chill through me
    I can feel today

    He said, “I’m a wanderer, I’m a soul-less soul
    I’m a rolling stone
    Look in my eyes
    Ain’t nobody home”

    “I could blame it on my Daddy
    Left me when I was three
    Or say it was my Mama
    But it’s really just me
    In my lifetime
    I’ve been tempted to kill
    I haven’t yet
    But I probably will”

    He died at the hands
    Of a sheriff I know
    Said, “We had to take him down
    Shot a kid in Laredo
    Now killers and dead men
    I’ve seen plenty of those
    But his eyes were open
    And I wish they’d been closed”

     

  • 04:22 Lyrics
    The Sailor's Song
    In this boat of wood out on the ocean
    Not many keepsakes do I have
    No souvenirs of your devotion
    Just a salt-stained photograph

    Shine a light in your window tonight
    Burn it brightly for me
    For these are dark, uncharted waters
    With no mercy on a sailor lost at sea

    The harbor from view is hidden
    And though I’ve done all within my power
    Old fears come back unbidden
    To haunt my every hour

    Sometimes the waves seem to whisper
    Come to us – We bring you peace
    But your sweet face I remember
    Then and only then their voices cease

     

  • 03:30 Lyrics
    Rock Harder Than You
    Once upon a time
    A boy and a girl
    Made a solemn vow
    To rock the world
    But one fateful night
    Beneath the silvery moon
    He sold his soul
    Yes, he changed his tune

    No matter where you go
    No matter what you do
    I’ll make it a point
    To rock harder than you

    We used to play till sunrise
    On two guitars
    Now I play in the shadows
    While you mingle with the stars
    You follow the fashions
    You change with the trends
    You go out and be seen
    With your political friends

    I’ll rock forever
    I’m sticking to my guns
    While you’re counting your gold
    In the California sun
    But you know in your heart
    You’re living a lie
    A keeper of the flame
    Let the flame die

     

  • 04:20 Lyrics
    If You See The One
    As I walked out in lower Manhattan
    A girl I chanced to pass by
    Something about her caught my attention
    Something hard to identify

    She carried a suitcase through the streets of the city
    And shivered with cold in the thin coat she wore
    She said, "Look at my face - it used to be pretty
    Now I'm old and I'm twenty-four."

    If you see the one who put the tears in my eyes
    He's got a gold-tipped cane and a rose tattoo
    Tell him I love him - Tell him goodbye
    I would stay, but I'd be crazy to

    At first it was romance just like in a movie
    Romeo and Juliet when we began
    But then it got dark and then it got ugly
    He showed me affection with the back of his hand

    He liked to mix his powders and potions
    Bought in the alleys away from the light
    He'd say, "I'll fix you up - name your poison"
    I watched him age ten years overnight

    Blowing smoke rings that gave him a halo
    He'd talk about his criminal mind
    He'd say, "Well, I guess it's just your fate to go
    Falling in love with the dangerous kind."

     

  • 03:48 Lyrics
    The Phoenix
    I found a bird
    I thought was killed
    No sound to be heard
    Lying cold and still
    And then as if
    To prove me wrong
    It raised its voice
    In one sweet song

    The Phoenix flashes
    In the fires of old
    To rise from the ashes
    On wings of gold

    I sent a gift
    To the world from me
    And the world responded
    Indifferently
    And you took my face
    In your good kind hands
    And said, “Remember
    Our love still stands”

    If fate should come
    To dash your dreams
    There are still such things
    As meadows and streams
    You may ask me
    How do I know?
    The Bird of Freedom
    Told me so

     

  • 02:47 Lyrics
    Bang Bang Bang Bang

    All alone the curtains drawn your head bent down in sorrow
    The walls are closing in you said you dread tomorrow
    Now I lay me down to sleep my tears could fill an ocean
    Hey someone's come to call what's all that commotion

    Bang bang bang bang
    The whole house shook - The doorbell rang
    Knock knock knock knock
    Open up in the name of rock

    Go away and leave me be I don't want to hear it
    No we will not be denied we've come to raise your spirit
    There is no time to waste given your condition
    Ready or not, here we come, we've got the ammunition

    We've picked the lock we came to rock we're looking for the sleeper
    Your traumatized, paralyzed because you fear the reaper
    So we come with bass and drum to interrupt your slumber
    Take the chance time to dance we've got your number

  • 04:43 Lyrics
    Your Hour To Sing
    Sun in the sky, stay with me awhile
    He said, “No, I’m travelling West many a mile”
    Across the fields the shadows soon will play
    To my surprise I thought I heard him say

    This is your hour to sing
    Time flies on cruel wings
    This is your hour to shine
    Oh, Children (Darling), yours and mine

    I walked on the banks where the silver river rolls
    Where mothers croon to babies with ancient souls
    A woman beside her lover lies
    He says, “The diamonds from the water are in your eyes”

    Others walked here long ago
    Where they vanished to the poets don’t know
    They say there’ll be time enough to sleep
    To be “rocked in the cradle of the deep

     

  • 04:16 Lyrics
    Thunder On The Left
    Somewhere out there I hear a church bell ringing
    Somewhere out there a widow starts to weep
    Out of nowhere a single flash of lightning
    Somewhere out there a sentry’s fallen asleep

    I’ve got a nagging suspicion
    Something’s not quite right
    There’s an old superstition
    Thunder on the left – Trouble tonight

    What’s that sound like the pounding hooves of horses?
    Who’s that in the shadows lurking at the gate?
    Rouse the guards – Marshal all your forces
    Send out a warning – Pray it’s not too late

    Somewhere out there a ship sails on a dark sea
    Somewhere a drummer boy’s far from home
    In my mind I see a ragtag army
    Kicking up a cloud of dust on the road to Rome

     

  • 04:44 Lyrics
    Adriana

    I don’t know what it was the other day
    That brought you freshly to my mind
    It might have been – yes, maybe it was the way
    Someone laughed like you laughed from time to time

    And it took me back to our favorite hill
    Where the weeping willow stands
    I said, “Tomorrow and tomorrow we will be here still”
    And you said, “No, I think God has other plans”

    Adriana
    Our pretty bird has flown
    Adriana
    You’re sleeping under stone

    In a room all white, gathered at the bedside
    And you would get that look of mischief in your eye
    You’d say, “Why the long faces? Why the solemn expressions?
    You’d think I was going to die”

    And sometimes still I strain to hear
    Your sweet footsteps in the hall
    Even though for years
    You’ve been just a picture on our wall

Ride Away From The World

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 2002
Red Cat Records
Released 2002
Red Cat Records
  • 03:44 Lyrics
    I Don't Know Why
    I don't know why I'm tattered and torn
    Don't know why I'm the object of scorn
    Don't know why I keep playing the fool
    Held up to ridicule
    I don't know why I've got a monkey on my back
    I said, "Come on now, cut me some slack"
    Sometimes I think it's all too much to bear
    But then again I'm too lazy to care

    I don't know why - I don't know why
    I like to rock - I don't like to cry
    Flying blind - I don't have a clue
    I don't know why I love you but I do

    I don't know why I look so strange
    I'm hoping that it's subject to change
    Don't know why you got under my skin
    I built a wall but it's paper thin
    I'm unschooled in self-defense
    Completely lacking in common sense
    What's your secret? What's your trick?
    I should know by now but the lessons don't stick

    I don't know why I'm seeing double
    I don't know why I'm always in trouble
    Don't know why I'm viewed with disdain
    I stand accused of raising Cain
    There you go trying to catch my eye
    I know how to dance but I'm kind of shy
    I might be persuaded to step out on the floor
    Maybe if you ask me just once more

     

  • 03:52 Lyrics
    Plain American Girl
    One night as I lay sleeping
    And everything was still
    I dreamed I saddled up and rode away
    To the top of Dead Man's Hill

    I could see from the horizon
    To the stars in the Milky Way
    I could hear a lone dog crying
    And the turning of wheels on the highway

    I'll ride out tonight when the moon is high
    Ride away from the world
    And I'll ride out down the Chisholm Trail
    I'm a plain American girl

    I looked to the east and I looked to the west
    Far as the eye could see
    I saw a man - he had a plow in his hand
    And he said, "What will become of me?"

    Indian maid, why do you stand so still
    By the streams that used to flow
    She said, "My Gods have told me secrets
    You will never know."

    We ride out tonight when the moon is high
    Ride away from the world
    We ride out down the Mohawk Trail
    I'm a plain American girl

    These ghostly apparitions
    They were so eerie and so strange
    I saw the cowboys drive the cattle down
    Shadows and dust on the range

    And a soldier lay where his blood was shed
    He said, "Don't weep for me
    My men and I - we still ride
    at the call of Reveille"

    We ride out tonight when the moon is high
    Ride away from the world
    And we ride out through the waves of grain
    Through the mountains and the valleys and the plains
    The Mississippi River runs in my veins
    I love the saddle and the feel of the reins
    Because I am and I will always remain
    A plain American girl

     

  • 03:24 Lyrics
    Mama, Take A Look At Me Now
    When he was young his mama always used to say,
    "Your movie star good looks gonna take you a long way"
    But he hit a little detour on the way to the silver screen
    Now he's out on the boulevard looking for a woman of means

    Oh it all went south somehow
    He said, "Mama take a look at me now."

    He's got a picture in his wallet of when he was a high school kid
    The women still like him but not as much as they did
    He's been looking in the mirror feeling like he's over the hill
    He'd go under the knife but there's no one to foot the bill

    All his life he thought his star was gonna shine
    Now he'd sell his soul for a bad bottle of wine
    He said, "Mama mama mama I really did try to behave
    But the way things are going I'll be lying in an unmarked grave"

     

  • 04:12 Lyrics
    Any Way The Wind Blows
    One day by chance as I sat by my window
    I happened to glance down to the street below
    At people passing by as they appeared and
    disappeared from view
    I saw a girl she was smiling, she was laughing, she was talking
    To a boy - arm in arm they were walking
    He turned to hold her close and I saw that it was you

    And you ask me where I'll go
    I tell you I don't know
    Maybe any way the wind blows

    At first I denied it - I refused to believe
    That you could betray me that you could deceive
    But now I see that our love has come to an end
    I want no more of these conversations
    I've had enough of your explanations
    I say never, never darken my door again

    North South East West
    The four corners of the world - I won't rest
    'Til every sea, every mountain I have crossed
    And some day you might feel a breeze
    A slight shiver in the trees
    And remember the girl you once loved and you lost

     

  • 04:52 Lyrics
    Slip The Shackle
    I had a friend down in Huntsville
    Call me up today
    He said, "You've gotta help me
    They're gonna put me away
    I swear on the Bible
    I'm an innocent man"
    I said, "Heed my advice
    Don't take the stand"

    Freedom
    I call your name
    Somebody help me
    Slip the shackle
    Throw down the chain

    He said, "I've got a new warden
    The Wicked Witch of the West
    I'd like to get out of here
    I'm under house arrest
    She wears a lot of make up
    She likes it overdone
    She wears rings of sapphire
    On every finger but one"

    He said, "I've got to whisper
    She's in the other room
    I've got to tell you
    She's the goddess of doom
    She's some kind of lover
    I'm under some kind of curse
    Can't judge a book by its cover
    Underneath she's even worse"

     

  • 03:44 Lyrics
    Whole Lotta Money
    We've all seen it
    Read about it
    Beg borrow steal
    It's part of the American Dream

    Rich people
    They've got yachts in the harbor
    Fountains on the lawns
    Champagne in the limousines

    Oh yeah I wonder
    Why they have all the fun
    And we're still under
    Under the gun

    Oh yeah it seems kind of funny
    I know it doesn't grow on trees
    They've got a whole lot of money
    They never give it to me

    Well ours
    Is a different story
    We're working all week
    And we barely make enough to get by
    It feels like
    All guts no glory
    We can't get ahead
    No matter how hard we try

     

  • 03:43 Lyrics
    Cold Hard Winter
    Maybe when we look behind us
    Darling, when the thaw has come
    When we have no snows to blind us
    Can we repair the damage done?

    Let the warm soft winds of summer
    Lift you high and carry you through
    Otherwise the cold hard winter
    Just might get the better of you

    Change of heart, change of season
    We've been taken by a killing frost
    Somehow the ice feels like treason
    Come to tell us all is lost

    The simple words - You know I'll miss you
    From now until we've turned to dust
    Tell me, is it too late to kiss you
    Amid broken branches and splintered trust?

     

  • 03:34 Lyrics
    Pennsylvania Coal Mine
    Every day we leave the light
    For the world below
    The way our fathers' fathers did
    A hundred years ago

    With blackened hands and tired eyes
    Accustomed to the dark
    We swing the cold-forged picks
    'Til the walls begin to spark

    Now and forever
    Our number it is nine
    We live or die together
    In a Pennsylvania coal mine

    What is that I hear?
    A warning shout
    "Water's coming in
    Get out! Get out! Get out!"

    There's no escape for us
    This dungeon is too deep
    We think of those we love
    Our courage we must keep

    But the cry, "The water's rising!"
    Sent a shiver down my spine
    We live or die together
    In a Pennsylvania coal mine

    Two hundred feet above us
    The battle has begun
    We make a resolution
    To live or die as one

    Hard-hearted limestone
    Will not let them through
    Still the water's rising
    And there's nothing we can do

    Now and forever
    Our number it is nine
    All tied together
    In a Pennsylvania coal mine

    What is that, oh Lord?
    Is it an angel's face I see?
    No, wait, these are the arms of men
    I feel lifting me

    Then I'll see my darling
    To her the tales I'll tell
    Of all the silent prayers
    And letters of farewell

    I won't sleep tonight
    I won't close my eyes
    'Til I see the morning light
    The sweet sun rise

    And when someday I die
    And they lay me in the ground
    My soul shall rise and it will be
    The second time around

     

  • 04:42 Lyrics
    Born To Howl
    All you people live in cities
    Got your bright lights shining down
    In your home sweet home so pretty
    We sleep on the cold cold ground

    And underneath the white moon rising
    Something's stirring, on the prowl
    Can you hear coyotes crying?
    Singing, " We were born to howl"

    If you should wander in the hills at night
    Where every path deceives
    Is that something coming up behind you
    Through the shadows thick as thieves?

    We hail from an ancient dream
    We heed a different call
    We sing the song of things unseen
    We sing for no reason at all

     

  • 03:59 Lyrics
    Free The People
    Saw your light
    From the street
    As I passed by the other day
    And I was scared
    My knees were weak
    Forgot what I had come to say

    Free the people
    From the fire
    Pull the boat out of the raging sea
    Tell the devil
    He's a liar
    Come and save the likes of me

    A sinking ship
    On angry waters
    Heaven help us carry on
    Hear our cry
    Your sons and daughters
    Give us hope when hope is gone

    So if you see me
    In the alley
    Looking like I don't belong
    You can put me in your greenest valley
    I'll still be singing
    The same old song

     

  • 02:42 Lyrics
    The Bramble And The Rose
    We have been so close together
    Each a candle, each a flame
    All the dangers were outside us
    And we knew them all by name

    Now see how the bramble and the rose
    Intertwine
    Love grows like the bramble and the rose
    Often cruel often kind
    ('Round each other we will wind)

    Now I've hurt you and it hurts me
    Just to see what we can do
    To ourselves and to each other
    Without really meaning to

    So put your arms around me
    Yes and sing a true love song
    One that we can sing together
    Just to last a whole life long

     

  • 04:00 Lyrics
    The Tic Toc Lounge
    Oh no - I don't want to go
    Through another Friday night
    Watching the clock -No way to rock
    It just doesn't seem right

    I'm not going to sit home all alone
    Waiting for the telephone to ring
    No, I don't want to be a bird in the cage
    That never gets to sing

    I know a place where the dance floor shakes
    Where the room's getting ready to roll

    I'm going down
    To the Tic Toc Lounge
    Keeping time to the beat
    People there are clapping their hands
    And tapping their feet
    I want to join in
    I want to join right in

    I turned off the TV - Nothing to see
    Put away the book and marked the page
    I fixed my hair and got down there
    In time to see the band take the stage

    One two three four and I was out on the floor
    So glad I had come
    They set the groove - They made us move
    With just guitar, bass and drums

    Well what about you? Do you want to go too?
    I guarantee a party's going on
    To tell the truth, we're gonna raise the roof
    From the midnight hour 'til the breaking of the dawn

    Down the line to the end of time
    Every boy and every girl
    They just want to rock around the block
    In every town and all over the world

    I know a place where the dance floor shakes
    and everybody's ready to roll
    We're going soon to the Rhythm Room
    Down on Washington Street
    You and me and Martha Reeves
    We'll be dancing to the beat

     

  • 02:59
    Paranoid
  • 02:13
    It's Late
  • 03:25 Lyrics
    Face On The Train
    I wonder if you've noticed
    Or am I the only one?
    This attention to the here and now
    Is a little overdone

    It seems like we just follow
    Whatever's all the rage
    Even the moon looks artificial
    Lit on some Hollywood stage

    I long to be going
    No trace to remain
    (Forever to remain)
    A silhouette in the window
    Another face on the train

    You tell me that I'm bitter
    Sad and weary of the scene
    I beg to differ
    I don't know what you mean

    No act of desperation
    This is no tearful retreat
    No, this is liberation
    And the taste is oh so sweet

    Whose keys are these that jangle
    In a pocket that I check?
    Whose pictures that dangle
    In a locket 'round my neck?

    The belongings of a stranger
    Getting ready to depart
    I only took what I could carry
    On my back and in my heart

     

Born To Howl

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 2001
Red Cat Records
Released 2001
Red Cat Records
  • 04:37 Lyrics
    Shake

    "Great God Almighty"
    I heard a woman cry
    "Do you think I'm made of iron?
    How dare you pass me by?

    I've seen your kind before
    You seem so self-assured
    What are you doing walking on the
    wild side
    Looking so demure?"

    And then she started swaying
    She said, "I've disconnected from
    the whole
    Can't you hear? The band is playing
    Shake, Rattle and Roll"

    The sidewalk is her ballroom
    Her dress a tattered grey
    People stop and whisper
    "I wonder how she got that way"

    She said, "I like to let my hair down
    Let it fall and let it flow
    Dance to all the old songs
    I remember long ago"

    I tried to break it gently
    I said, "No one hears your song"
    She said, "What makes you so sure
    you've got it right
    And I've got it wrong?

    You can keep your comforts of home
    They mean nothing to me
    I prefer the wreckage
    Of a life that used to be"

  • 04:13 Lyrics
    Torn Asunder

    Early one evening
    For no reason or rhyme
    I started to go back
    Go back in time

    I saw conquerors counting
    Their ill-gotten gains
    Then the tables would turn
    And they'd languish in chains

    Oh, I wonder
    What will abide
    With all torn asunder
    We're just along for the ride
    (I've got you by my side)

    Heard the footfall of soldiers
    Armies on the march
    Through the streets of Atlanta
    And Constantine's Arch

    Heard the wailing of children
    The cry, "All is lost"
    While nuns behind walls
    Made the Sign of the Cross

    Fate is capricious
    To say the very least
    Said, "I'm sorry to do this
    It's just the nature of the beast"

    And that Cleopatra
    She sure got around
    She said, "Build me a city
    And then tear it down"

    But they say - yes, they say
    That love conquers all
    So put your hand in mine
    While empires rise and fall

  • 04:00 Lyrics
    Detroit or Buffalo
    People expect you to fall
    Hit that same old wall
    Really they don't want to help at all
    They talk behind your back today
    Shake their heads and say
    "Well, I always knew that the girl
    would come to no good anyway"

    Better pack up and go
    Detroit or Buffalo
    Anybody want to know where,
    you don't know
    God knows, everybody gotta go sometime
    And I'm taking this train to end of the line
    Missing every mile that friend of mine

    And I haven't been too well myself
    A lot of time on the shelf
    Saying that I don't need help
    when I do
    But I'm going to be just fine
    A lot of friends, a little wine
    Still I wish I could see you again sometime

    It's hard to open up the door
    Like you've done so many times before
    Sometimes you think you just can't
    do it anymore
    Take a chance and take a train
    Out into the pouring rain
    All you've got's your suitcase
    full of pain

     

  • 04:04 Lyrics
    The First Lady of Rock
    Let me tell you the story of a girl
    All she ever wanted was to rock the world
    She asked for a guitar for birthday #9
    They thought an acoustic would be just fine

    She said, "No, no, no - I want a B.C. Rich
    Maybe a Warlock, maybe a Bich"
    Mommy said to Daddy, " Did you hear what she said?
    She said, 'I like Black Sabbath and Motorhead'"

    Oh yeah - What's a girl to do?
    I've been wishing on a star - let my dreams come true
    Sorry, Mom and Dad - this might come as a shock
    (Standing at the door - gonna knock knock knock)
    I just want to be the First Lady of Rock

    The sign on the clubhouse said No Girls Allowed
    She wanted to knock but she was too proud
    So she went back home and practised in her room
    In front of the mirror by the light of the moon

    She said, "I tried to be quiet - I really did
    I studied hard - I was a good kid
    But there's something in my bones, something in my soul
    Makes me crank the distortion just as loud as it'll go"

    She said, "I'm not after glory, I'm not after fame
    You might not ever know my name
    I'm no rock giant, if you know what I mean
    I'm 5'6", I weigh 114

    I'll play in the streets, I'll play in the bars
    Out on the highways and under the stars
    Dreaming the dream I had as a girl
    When all I ever wanted was to rock the world"

     

  • 03:07
    Jolene
  • 05:06 Lyrics
    Rock It
    Don't breathe the air - Don't drink the water
    You might die of a rare disease
    When you go out, put on your overcoat
    Poor baby, you don't want to freeze

    And when you're sick, go to the doctor
    He makes you promise to take your pills
    Got your prescription but there's a question
    Are you sure it cures all your ills?

    Yes, I know we're on dangerous ground
    And all the walls might come tumbling down
    But give the wheel of fortune a spin
    Throw caution to the wind

    Rock it - Rock it
    Don't just roll over and die
    Rock it - Rock it
    Shoot the moon right out of the sky

    You must beware - You must be careful
    They teach you that from the very start
    I thought a lot about it - I got suspicious
    They said they had my best interests at heart

    I'll be a surfer in California
    I like the feel of the open air
    I see them waving - I hear them calling
    "Come back to shore", but I just don't care

     

  • 04:57 Lyrics
    Four Times Gone
    Call it what you want - an illusion
    Some departure of the mind
    You can say I'm suffering from delusions
    But I say that I tapped the line

    I was standing in some other country
    Outside this century
    I looked at my watch and it was stopped at
    925 A.D.

    I was One, Two, Three
    Four times gone

    Vague shapes took form that night
    There were girls with dangling earrings on
    Standing outside of brightly lighted places
    And they spoke to me in the hours before the dawn

    They said, "Where you laugh others have laughed
    Where you cry others have cried
    And where we sleep you will sleep some day
    Across the Great Divide"

    And they gathered 'round and shouted out
    "What are you doing here?"
    I said, "I don't know, I'm not sure,
    I haven't got a clue"
    And right then they disappeared

    I guess that's all there was to it
    A glimpse, an impression - nothing more
    Then I put my hand right through it
    And I was once again this side of the Door

     

  • 02:54 Lyrics
    American Child
    Somebody tell me
    What's going on?
    Where are the wild ones?
    Where have they gone?
    I've been looking all over
    Out in the danger zone

    He's a little bit bored
    And a little bit wild
    I'm looking for
    An American child
    Give me Jerry Lee Lewis
    Give me Joey Ramone

    Some of these new boys
    They say they want to fight
    But it takes them three days
    To get the drum sound right
    It's enough to make a poor girl
    Want to weep and moan

    I want to go down
    Where les bon temps roulez
    Louisiana and Texas
    Philadelphia, PA
    I've been looking in the barn
    whose barn? my barn
    For that factor unknown

     

  • 04:46 Lyrics
    Death of the American Song
    Down in the valley
    Where the Red River flows
    Standing at a graveside
    By the bramble and the rose

    We've come to bid a fond farewell
    In this our darkest hour
    We've gone and neglected
    Our pale wildwood flower

    So beat the drum slowly as they carry her away
    Wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay
    I see Tammy and Patsy with their long black dresses on
    Mourning the death of the American song

    Songs that haunt our memories
    Sung on porches long ago
    All that's left of them today
    Are footprints in the snow

    I'm waiting at the station
    But I fear I wait in vain
    'Cause Old 97
    Is rusting in the rain

    The radio is playing
    Got the latest top ten on
    The kind you hear today
    That you know tomorrow will be gone

    I see those painted faces
    They are smiling on TV
    And I find that they're all
    Rank strangers to me

     

  • 03:34 Lyrics
    Bound to Burn
    Bright lights - What a sight
    He's drawn like a moth to the flame
    Gone mad - Too bad
    There's nowhere to lay the blame

    Mountain top - Quite a drop
    Doesn't know he's made of flesh and bone
    Double dare - Doesn't care
    He says, "You'll never carve my name in stone"

    Hot wired - On fire
    Somehow you knew he'd never learn
    Mama's child - Gone wild
    That boy, he was bound to burn

    Trouble from Day One
    He could run before he could crawl
    Hard core - Foot to the floor
    He's got to push it to the wall

    'Round the bend - Not again
    You could see all the tell-tale signs
    Wheels spin - Don't fence him in
    He's outside the boundary lines

    Outer space - Quite a place
    He's rockin' in the stratosphere
    Out of sight - Speed of light
    About a million miles from here

    Bye bye - Flyin' high
    Too close to the sun
    Without a doubt - He's checkin' out
    He sure was a son of a gun

     

  • 04:26 Lyrics
    Call Off Your Dogs
    All right
    You win
    I give up
    I give in
    I've walked the walk
    Danced the dance
    Victim of
    Circumstance

    And I've come to the conclusion
    That the damage has been done
    And I'm under no illusions
    Time to face the music
    Time to let the white flag fly and...

    Run run
    Hide hide
    Call off your dogs
    Misery and Pain
    Call off your dogs
    Snarling on a chain

    Who goes there?
    Friend or foe?
    Somebody tell me
    I don't know
    Something creeping up the stair
    I ran to look
    Found no one there

    I went running down the alley
    With something close behind
    Something I suspected
    Was of unsound mind
    I began to shiver
    And I began to shout
    I went running down the hallway
    With the bulb burned out

    But one of these fine mornings
    Your plans may come undone
    Then you'll be the one to face the music
    You'll be the one to let the white flag fly

     

Situation Out of Control

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 2000
Red Cat Records
Released 2000
Red Cat Records
  • 03:59 Lyrics
    Situation Out Of Control
    Calling all cars
    My back's to the wall
    Send me some assistance
    We've got a bar-room brawl

    Smoke-filled, dressed to kill
    Looking like a full-scale riot
    When all I ever wanted
    Was just a little peace and quiet

    Somebody get me out of this hole
    (These wheels continue to roll)
    (Have mercy, mercy on my soul)
    Situation out of control

    Takin' the curve
    At a high rate of speed
    He said, "Wouldn't you know
    This is all I need

    Bad luck, pile-up
    Praying that the brakes will hold
    Don't you know
    It makes my blood run cold?"

    Hey, hey
    Flames going higher and higher
    Is it World War III?
    Is this a trial by fire?

    Ripstop, sure shot
    Lord, they're creeping up behind
    Bye bye, Baby
    I'm crying on the battleline

     

  • 03:29 Lyrics
    Lucky Day
    Somebody must have said something
    To cause such a stir in the room
    Have you been up to your old tricks
    Singing the same same sad tune?

    Crying on everyone's shoulder
    Saying you're tired of it all
    Watching yourself getting older
    Waiting for the sky to fall

    Whatever you do, don't be discouraged
    Do you hear the words we say?
    Something might be comin' around the corner
    This could be your lucky day

    Sitting in the dark on the telephone
    You've got all your curtains drawn
    Telling your little tales of woe
    Saying how you can't go on

    Well, if it's any consolation
    We sometimes feel that way too
    Later on you'll discover
    That the black sky is blue

    Take some time and think it over
    What we say you know is true
    You might find a four-leaf clover
    Growing right next to you

     

  • 03:21 Lyrics
    Where the Old Oak Grows
    Hangman, put that rope away
    Will you give me till the break of day?
    Heaven help me for the fate I chose
    Down where the old oak grows

    Mama met me at the door that night
    She said, "There's blood on your hands and your face is all white"
    "Don't ask me, Mama - nobody knows
    What went down where the old oak grows"

    Where the old oak grows at the bend in the river
    One dark night there was a breach of trust (tale of lust)
    Mama, don't weep for me
    It's an eye for an eye and dust to dust

    See those people, they are gathered around
    There's a man lyin' dead on the ground
    "Where'd they find him?" "You don't want to know"
    "Tell me - not down where the old oak grows"

    Well, he held me down and he had his way
    He said there'd be no wedding day
    In a flash of anger I pulled my knife
    God forgive me, I took his life

    Hear the wagon wheels rollin' at dawn
    Six white horses come to carry me on
    Say a little prayer for the fate I chose
    And bury me down where the old oak grows

     

  • 04:48 Lyrics
    The Black Atlantic
    The last thing I remember
    Before they brought me in
    Was whispering through trembling lips
    "Take a message to my kin"

    After that the only
    Recollection I have
    Is tracing with my fingertips
    A faded photograph

    I was out on the Black Atlantic
    Clinging to the mast
    (Sails tattered on the mast)
    Praying on the windswept deck
    That this ship is built to last
    Calling, Crying, Shouting out your name

    They say that once you've been there
    You are never quite the same
    My nerves are shot to pieces
    I've been waiting here in vain

    A ghost got in the looking glass
    Who is that I see?
    A shock of recognition
    That poor lost soul is me

    Since that night out on the sea
    No keepsakes do I have
    Just the thought, the dream of you
    And a salt-stained photograph

    Now I walk these paper streets
    And all the buildings sway
    The tides that shift beneath my feet
    Are going to carry me away

     

  • 05:06 Lyrics
    When Parliament Convenes

    Leaning out the window
    Callin' down to the street
    "I'll find you on the corner
    You know - where we always meet
    The Doctor, he just called me on the phone
    Who's that in the alley?
    Dog snoopin' for a bone

    I'm goin' out, Mama
    I'll be a big man someday, you'll see
    I have a vision
    I've got a poet's soul inside of me"
    "Watch out, my baby
    You're my darling one"
    "Don't worry about me, Mama
    I'm the seventh son of a seventh son"

    You know, I see it
    But it's only in my dreams
    All the houses brought to order
    When Parliament convenes

    "I'm just a young boy
    In my natural prime
    Watch me walkin'
    Down the rickety steps of time
    I'm going to meet my friend
    I sing a song to tell the truth
    This is the second chapter
    From the pages of my youth"

    Then a car pulled up
    And a window rolled down
    A glint of steel
    "Hit the ground! Hit the ground!"
    Pop pop, pop pop pop
    And then all was still
    The blood ran down the street
    Another casket filled

    I saw that mother crying
    She rocked him where he lay
    The pavement was his cradle
    As his life slipped away
    "Doctor! Doctor!
    Can you bring my sweet boy back?
    Doctor! Doctor!
    He was the victim of a sneak attack"

    And all the lords and ladies
    In respect they stepped aside
    When they heard the sirens scream
    And the white doors open wide
    I heard that mother crying
    "Who would come to do him harm?"
    She called across the ages
    "Lay down your arms!"

  • 03:21 Lyrics
    Noah's Ark
    Like a bolt from the sky
    In the twinkling of an eye
    There came a revelation
    And wouldn't you know
    Fate dealt the blow
    And changed my destination

    Falling, Struck down, Struck down
    When love came calling
    My eyes opened, hopin'
    When love came calling

    We've been working in the dark
    Building Noah's ark
    Forty days and forty nights the flood waters risin'
    Two by two by two
    Two by two by two
    Hand in hand we watch for land on the horizon

     

  • 05:42 Lyrics
    My Horse Has Wings
    I hope you will forgive me
    I seem to be at a loss for words
    You know they don't come easily
    I've always been a solitary bird

    There's a dark unguarded pass up ahead
    I may not have a prayer of getting through
    And while I'm not prone to displays of emotion
    I find it hard to say goodbye to you

    I ride along the great divide
    Far from the world I have known
    But my heart still sings and my horse has wings
    To fly and carry me home

    And I'd like to rise above it
    But I fear I've fallen prey
    To the forces that I railed against
    In my angry young man days

    At least that's how it feels tonight
    When the world has lost her charms
    In her gaudy dress and her bracelets of gold
    Dangling from her withered arms

    There will be no more tears or lamentations
    I'll take the reins and heed the call
    I'll make that hill by daybreak
    And ride even if I'm riding for a fall

     

  • 04:17 Lyrics
    I Want to Rock
    Ring ringin' of the telephone
    "Is the lady of the house at home?
    We've got an offer you can't resist"
    I said, "Oh yeah? Well, just watch this"

    I'm slippin' out the back door
    I don't have time to talk
    (Can't take the ticking of the clock)
    I'm puttin' on my dancing shoes
    "What do you want to do?"
    I want to rock

    "What have you been doing all of these years?"
    We've been cryin' Ninety-six Tears
    Look out now - we're a triple threat
    A little bit crazy, not dead yet

    You want to know how to fire your guns?
    Go ask Malcolm and Angus Young
    Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley where you been?
    Down the road and back again

     

  • 04:52 Lyrics
    Highland Boy

    Through a field there ran a brook
    From the hills beyond
    Where a boy put down his book
    And from me now is gone

    I am reminded of him here
    Where rain on heather falls
    The pages scattered on the banks
    Since first he heard the call

    "Arise, arise, and come away
    You are our pride and joy
    The drums shall roll and the pipes shall play
    For our highland boy"

    He sailed on ships and loved a wife
    Children played upon his knee
    He read the story of his life
    That told his destiny

    And when in Death's cold eyes he looked
    He bravely faced the foe
    And through his heart there ran the brook
    He followed long ago


    And so we laid him to his rest
    We laid him gently down
    We heard Scotland's bonny drums
    And there was glory in the ground

    The field shall be his blanket warm
    The stars his diadem
    The hills shall stand his honor guard
    And the pipes his requiem

  • 03:56 Lyrics
    Bone Tired
    Bone tired, world-weary
    Someday I'll lay my burden down
    Then I'll walk where angels talk
    And stand on sacred ground
    All my life
    I've been waiting to see
    Bone tired, world-weary
    Got my eyes on Eternity

    I met a man, he was walking
    Down this long and lonesome road
    He said, "I have a heavy pack upon my back
    And no way to lighten the load

    I don't know where I'm going
    But I sure know where I've been
    I work all day and half the night
    Get up and do it all again"

    I saw a woman with her head bowed down
    She had fallen to her knees
    All alone in a church of stone
    Begging, "Lord, please

    Have mercy, give me
    The strength to carry on
    'Cause sometimes I feel, sometimes I feel
    Like I'm already dead and gone"

     

  • 05:04
    Season of the Witch
  • 04:50 Lyrics
    If You See The One

    As I walked out in lower Manhattan
    A girl I chanced to pass by
    Something about her caught my attention
    Something hard to identify

    She carried a suitcase through the streets of the city
    And shivered with cold in the thin coat she wore
    She said, "Look at my face - it used to be pretty
    Now I'm old and I'm twenty-four

    If you see the one who put the tears in my eyes
    He's got a gold-tipped cane and a rose tattoo
    Tell him I love him - Tell him goodbye
    I would stay, but I'd be crazy to

    At first it was romance just like in a movie
    Romeo and Juliet when we began
    But then it got dark and then it got ugly
    He showed me affection with the back of his hand

    He liked to mix his powders and potions
    Bought in the alleys away from the light
    He'd say, 'I'll fix you up - name your poison'
    I watched him age ten years overnight

    Blowing smoke rings that gave him a halo
    He'd talk about his criminal mind
    He'd say, 'Well, I guess it's just your fate to go
    Falling in love with the dangerous kind'"

  • 06:01 Lyrics
    Train to Nowhere
    Standing on the platform
    Staring down the track
    I felt a shiver
    When I heard that clickety-clack

    Heard the cry of "All aboard"
    The ancient whistle blow
    I've been waiting here so long
    I can't tell friend from foe

    Oh - - -
    I'll meet you down the line
    I'm on the train to nowhere
    And it's right on time

    The conductor was a blind man
    And it caused me some concern
    When he handed me my ticket
    For the point of no return

    He said, "You look a little worse for wear
    I hate to call your bluff
    But if you're going to ride this line
    You must be made of sterner stuff"

    I begged the brakeman, "Stop this train"
    He said, "But what's the use?
    You should know by now it's commonplace
    For all hell to be breaking loose"

    Then I heard my grandmother singing
    "Hush - don't you cry
    You're my little piece of Heaven
    Fallen down from the sky"

     

  • 05:22 Lyrics
    Saw You At The Hop (live)
    Let me see now - what was that year?
    1956 comes back clear
    I said to my friends, "There's a party goin' on
    Let's get there late and not stay too long"

    I went back home to put on my dress
    I arrived later in the one that looked the best
    I was tappin' my feet to a Muddy Waters song
    When you walked in the door with a white shirt on

    I saw you at the hop
    Saw you at the party
    I saw you at the hop
    Saw you at the party

    And I said to my friends as you walked by
    "Did you see that boy? I think I'm gonna die"
    My friends said to me, " He's lookin' your way
    What are you gonna do? What are you gonna say?"

    But time went by without a word to me
    I said to my friends, "Come on, let's go
    - Some things aren't meant to be"
    So we went out just drivin' around
    Found ourselves on La Cienega northbound

    And who do you think should pull up alongside
    But that sweet boy sayin', "I've been lookin' for you
    everywhere - do you want to take a ride?

     

Church Of The Falling Rain

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 1998
Red Cat Records
Released 1998
Red Cat Records
  • 03:40 Lyrics
    Church Of The Falling Rain
    Well, it 's days like these
    Make you fall down to your knees
    Beauty sometimes takes your breath away
    There's a wind wrapped around my feet
    I can feel the earth through the concrete
    And I bow my head and pray

    In the church of the falling rain
    The keepers of the flame
    Kneel at the altar of the rising sun
    Just another schoolgirl
    Caught out in the modern world
    Listening for the songs of the holy ones

    Hello, Evening Star
    I wonder how you are
    I was taught but I forgot your name
    I'm down here still scared
    Putting ribbons in my hair
    All grown up and just the same

    Baptized with closed eyes
    Where the misty waters rise
    And I'm running out of time
    Read a book, lost my place
    Waiting for a saving grace
    And I'm looking for a sign

     

  • 03:11 Lyrics
    The Mark Of Cain
    One night I went out walking
    Down a dark, untravelled street
    And by a house all boarded up
    A man I chanced to meet

    I asked him as I passed him by
    "What brings you to this place?"
    For the lamplight clearly showed
    His pale and haunted face

    He said' "A woman lived here long ago
    The fairest of them all -
    I remember she wore a light blue dress
    he night I came to call

    In one hand I had a diamond ring
    In the other hand a gun
    When she turned me down, I shot her to the ground
    And no one saw me run"

    He said, "I do not dress in prison blues
    I wear no ball and chain
    But wherever I go, and whatever I do
    I bear the mark of Cain"

    His words made me back away
    He said, "You have nothing to fear from me
    For you're looking at a man whose soul is damned
    Throughout eternity

    In my dreams I see her still
    Lyin' by me dead
    I wake up in a cold sweat
    The flames of hell around my bed

    You can carve it on my headstone
    That all may read it plain
    'This dust that once was flesh and bone
    Still bears the mark of Cain'"

     

  • 03:16 Lyrics
    Hammer On The Nail

    Something's breathin' down my back
    The sky outside has turned pitch black
    There's a storm cloud gathered on the hill
    And a hairline crack on my windowsill

    Oh - Have I gone beyond the pale?
    Even as we speak, I hear the hammer on the nail

    Saw a coffin open wide
    With a little baby child inside
    Beckoned to me with a white bone hand
    Said, "Come a little closer, you'll understand

    Do you You'll be a tear in Jesus' eye?"
    Once you think along these lines
    It all unravels, it all unwinds

    You ask me how I feel
    There's a hound dog snappin' at my heels
    And all these fears, once ignited
    Come back uninvited

    I've been lookin' out, I've been lookin' in
    I've been runnin' down the road in a howlin' wind

  • 03:32 Lyrics
    My Little Runaway
    I met a boy on the street the other day
    He was walkin' all around out in West L.A.
    He showed me a picture - "Have you seen this girl?
    She's the dearest thing in the whole wide world

    It doesn't seem so very long ago
    We listened to Del Shannon on the stereo
    I never thought it would be my turn to say
    'Has anybody seen my little runaway?'

    She was too pretty for her own good
    Said, 'I'm gonna make it out there in Hollywood
    A man said he would make me a star
    I'll be comin' back home in a big white car'

    And people like to say they knew
    That she'd go wrong, but that's not true
    Everything they know is just hearsay
    Has anybody seen my little runaway?
    My little run run run run runaway

    She went out there and they used her up
    They threw her aside like a broken cup
    Poor baby, she's gone gone gone
    Walkin' the streets with her eyeshadow on"

    He said, "Darlin', if you hear my plea
    Will you please come runnin' back to me?
    Don't stay out in that cold world alone
    Do you hear us callin', 'Baby, please come home'?"

    I left the boy on the the streets that day
    He was walkin' all around out in West L.A.
    And if I listen, I can still hear him say
    "Has anybody seen my little runaway?
    My little run run run run runaway"

     

  • 02:42 Lyrics
    On The Riverbank
    I remember nights
    When I'd rush to meet you
    By the light of the moon
    Hangin' down low
    You'd push back my hair
    And softly whisper
    "Love's made in Heaven
    Now don't you know?"

    On the riverbank
    Where the water splashes
    We swore our love
    Would never die
    But the fire
    Burned down to ashes
    The devil smiles
    And the angels cry

    We threw stones
    In the bright blue water
    Like lovers' lies
    They leave no trace
    Your eyes are cold
    Under the streetlight
    And all our dreams
    Are laid to waste

     

  • 04:27 Lyrics
    Saw You At The Hop
    Let me see now - what was that year?
    1956 comes back clear
    I said to my friends, "There's a party goin' on
    Let's get there late and not stay too long"

    I went back home to put on my dress
    I arrived later in the one that looked the best
    I was tappin' my feet to a Muddy Waters song
    When you walked in the door with a white shirt on

    I saw you at the hop
    Saw you at the party
    I saw you at the hop
    Saw you at the party

    And I said to my friends as you walked by
    "Did you see that boy? I think I'm gonna die"
    My friends said to me, " He's lookin' your way
    What are you gonna do? What are you gonna say?"

    But time went by without a word to me
    I said to my friends, "Come on, let's go
    - Some things aren't meant to be"
    So we went out just drivin' around
    Found ourselves on La Cienega northbound

    And who do you think should pull up alongside
    But that sweet boy sayin', "I've been lookin' for you
    everywhere - do you want to take a ride?

     

  • 03:37 Lyrics
    Odessa
    Ten years is a long time
    Ten years is the blink of an eye
    Three chords and a million miles
    With a dream that just won't die

    I remember the oil rigs churnin'
    Saw the world from a back porch swing
    By the light of the gas fires burnin'
    Daddy'd say, "You oughtta hear my little girl sing"

    Odessa
    Underneath the Texas sky
    Odessa
    Do you hear me when I cry?

    Playin' to the radio hour by hour
    Guitar too big and hands too small
    Spent a whole summer pickin' Wildwood Flower
    Mother Maybelle, she was ten feet tall

    Kids in school used to whisper out loud
    "Do you see that girl over there?
    Poor little fool's got her head in the clouds
    Yeah, she thinks she's goin' somewhere"

    I don't care about fame and fortune
    Camera in your face and a dollar in the bank
    I want to go runnin' through the fields
    Drinkin' hot water from a railway tank

    Hotel rooms and smoke-filled bars
    No, this ain't no back porch swing
    I want to go home but I've come too far
    Daddy, you oughtta hear your little girl sing

     

  • 04:03 Lyrics
    Out Of Harm's Way
    Come away from the window
    Be sure the blinds are drawn
    I've got a feeling in my bones tonight
    Another mother's child is gone

    Another soul departed
    For the sweet unknown
    In the arms of angels
    Bound for Heaven's throne

    We lie down on a bed of thorns
    Walk through fire on feet of clay
    Read a book with the pages torn
    Sayin', "Keep us out of harm's way"

    For every starry-eyed dreamer
    For every warriors' truce
    There's a madman in the alley
    And a killer on the loose

    Can we be delivered?
    Can we be saved
    From a fatal blow
    And a shallow grave?

    History's been written
    With a pen dipped in blood
    Held in a hand that trembles
    Amid the tempest and the flood

    With those who've gone before us
    And those to follow bye and bye
    Add our voices to the chorus
    Of the everlasting cry

     

  • 04:11 Lyrics
    The Changing Of The Guard
    Can you hear it?
    Can you hear the sound
    Of a heavy tread?
    Can you feel it in the ground?

    All we held dear
    We have set aside
    But with victory near
    We will not be denied

    It's the changing of the guard
    It's the marching to the drum
    To the beating of our hearts
    Here we come

    Past farm and field
    Mile by mile
    With a sword and shield
    Lord, we're the rank and file

    We've come to visit
    Yes, we have come to call
    We've come to see
    Your empire fall

    If I should not return
    And in some far-off kingdom lie
    Here's a single white rose
    To remember me by

    And oh, darling
    Don't look that way
    'Cause if you do, it will haunt me
    Until my dying day

     

  • 03:24 Lyrics
    Little White Lies
    Oh, it's all clear in hindsight
    But it wasn't at the time
    You were whispering in my ear
    "I love you darlin'- please be mine"

    All those sweet-sounding words
    Wedding bells beckoning
    How was I to know what was to come?
    The day of reckoning

    It was lies, lies, little white lies
    That tore our world apart
    Lies, lies, little white lies
    Drove a dagger in my heart

    Till death do us part
    You vowed to cherish me
    When the first lie was spoken
    I guess the rest came easily

    Oh, I wish you all the best in life
    And may all your dreams come true
    These are a few of my little white lies
    I'm about to tell to you

     

  • 04:26 Lyrics
    Stealing My Thunder
    In the good old days
    At times like this
    I would have been inclined
    To reminisce

    But not now
    And it seems so strange
    Since the revelation
    I've been rearranged

    You've been stealing my thunder
    You've been blocking my light
    And it's been making me crazy
    It's been driving me wild tonight

    Torrential rains
    Do not abate
    When lightning strikes
    It illuminates

    All around me
    Rack and ruin
    You want my love
    Nothin' doin'

    I once was strong
    But now I'm weak
    From your cold kiss
    Upon my cheek

    I'm walkin' away
    From the scene of the crime
    I lost the thought
    I tripped the rhyme

     

  • 03:17 Lyrics
    Folded Wings
    From this cage
    Some call my home
    I see the world
    That I used to roam

    And something still
    Within me sings
    A faded bird
    With folded wings

    I long to fly
    Where the four winds blow
    But the savage years
    Have laid me low

    Yet somewhere hope
    Eternal springs
    In a faded bird
    With folded wings

    I'll beat my wings
    Against these bars
    Till they release me
    To the sun, moon and stars

    Or until death
    To Heaven brings
    This faded bird
    With folded wings

     

  • 03:09 Lyrics
    Wake Up, What's The Matter
    '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 climbin' up the white cliffs of Dover
    Staring into certain death
    When I called your name
    With my last breath

    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 heard your sweet voice call
    From far,far away
    Sayin', 'It's all right - this will fade
    In the cool clear light of day'

    And 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 and cried out
    In the middle of the night
    "No No No No-
    Turn on the light! Turn on the light!"

     

  • 02:55
    Highway 61