The Stone Coyotes

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!”