The Stone Coyotes

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"

    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
    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