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