The Stone Coyotes

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