The Stone Coyotes

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
    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”

    Our pretty bird has flown
    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