The Stone Coyotes

Situation Out of Control

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 2000
Red Cat Records
Released 2000
Red Cat Records
  • 03:59 Lyrics Situation Out Of Control
    Calling all cars
    My back's to the wall
    Send me some assistance
    We've got a bar-room brawl

    Smoke-filled, dressed to kill
    Looking like a full-scale riot
    When all I ever wanted
    Was just a little peace and quiet

    Somebody get me out of this hole
    (These wheels continue to roll)
    (Have mercy, mercy on my soul)
    Situation out of control

    Takin' the curve
    At a high rate of speed
    He said, "Wouldn't you know
    This is all I need

    Bad luck, pile-up
    Praying that the brakes will hold
    Don't you know
    It makes my blood run cold?"

    Hey, hey
    Flames going higher and higher
    Is it World War III?
    Is this a trial by fire?

    Ripstop, sure shot
    Lord, they're creeping up behind
    Bye bye, Baby
    I'm crying on the battleline


  • 03:29 Lyrics Lucky Day
    Somebody must have said something
    To cause such a stir in the room
    Have you been up to your old tricks
    Singing the same same sad tune?

    Crying on everyone's shoulder
    Saying you're tired of it all
    Watching yourself getting older
    Waiting for the sky to fall

    Whatever you do, don't be discouraged
    Do you hear the words we say?
    Something might be comin' around the corner
    This could be your lucky day

    Sitting in the dark on the telephone
    You've got all your curtains drawn
    Telling your little tales of woe
    Saying how you can't go on

    Well, if it's any consolation
    We sometimes feel that way too
    Later on you'll discover
    That the black sky is blue

    Take some time and think it over
    What we say you know is true
    You might find a four-leaf clover
    Growing right next to you


  • 03:21 Lyrics Where the Old Oak Grows
    Hangman, put that rope away
    Will you give me till the break of day?
    Heaven help me for the fate I chose
    Down where the old oak grows

    Mama met me at the door that night
    She said, "There's blood on your hands and your face is all white"
    "Don't ask me, Mama - nobody knows
    What went down where the old oak grows"

    Where the old oak grows at the bend in the river
    One dark night there was a breach of trust (tale of lust)
    Mama, don't weep for me
    It's an eye for an eye and dust to dust

    See those people, they are gathered around
    There's a man lyin' dead on the ground
    "Where'd they find him?" "You don't want to know"
    "Tell me - not down where the old oak grows"

    Well, he held me down and he had his way
    He said there'd be no wedding day
    In a flash of anger I pulled my knife
    God forgive me, I took his life

    Hear the wagon wheels rollin' at dawn
    Six white horses come to carry me on
    Say a little prayer for the fate I chose
    And bury me down where the old oak grows


  • 04:48 Lyrics The Black Atlantic
    The last thing I remember
    Before they brought me in
    Was whispering through trembling lips
    "Take a message to my kin"

    After that the only
    Recollection I have
    Is tracing with my fingertips
    A faded photograph

    I was out on the Black Atlantic
    Clinging to the mast
    (Sails tattered on the mast)
    Praying on the windswept deck
    That this ship is built to last
    Calling, Crying, Shouting out your name

    They say that once you've been there
    You are never quite the same
    My nerves are shot to pieces
    I've been waiting here in vain

    A ghost got in the looking glass
    Who is that I see?
    A shock of recognition
    That poor lost soul is me

    Since that night out on the sea
    No keepsakes do I have
    Just the thought, the dream of you
    And a salt-stained photograph

    Now I walk these paper streets
    And all the buildings sway
    The tides that shift beneath my feet
    Are going to carry me away


  • 05:06 Lyrics When Parliament Convenes

    Leaning out the window
    Callin' down to the street
    "I'll find you on the corner
    You know - where we always meet
    The Doctor, he just called me on the phone
    Who's that in the alley?
    Dog snoopin' for a bone

    I'm goin' out, Mama
    I'll be a big man someday, you'll see
    I have a vision
    I've got a poet's soul inside of me"
    "Watch out, my baby
    You're my darling one"
    "Don't worry about me, Mama
    I'm the seventh son of a seventh son"

    You know, I see it
    But it's only in my dreams
    All the houses brought to order
    When Parliament convenes

    "I'm just a young boy
    In my natural prime
    Watch me walkin'
    Down the rickety steps of time
    I'm going to meet my friend
    I sing a song to tell the truth
    This is the second chapter
    From the pages of my youth"

    Then a car pulled up
    And a window rolled down
    A glint of steel
    "Hit the ground! Hit the ground!"
    Pop pop, pop pop pop
    And then all was still
    The blood ran down the street
    Another casket filled

    I saw that mother crying
    She rocked him where he lay
    The pavement was his cradle
    As his life slipped away
    "Doctor! Doctor!
    Can you bring my sweet boy back?
    Doctor! Doctor!
    He was the victim of a sneak attack"

    And all the lords and ladies
    In respect they stepped aside
    When they heard the sirens scream
    And the white doors open wide
    I heard that mother crying
    "Who would come to do him harm?"
    She called across the ages
    "Lay down your arms!"

  • 03:21 Lyrics Noah's Ark
    Like a bolt from the sky
    In the twinkling of an eye
    There came a revelation
    And wouldn't you know
    Fate dealt the blow
    And changed my destination

    Falling, Struck down, Struck down
    When love came calling
    My eyes opened, hopin'
    When love came calling

    We've been working in the dark
    Building Noah's ark
    Forty days and forty nights the flood waters risin'
    Two by two by two
    Two by two by two
    Hand in hand we watch for land on the horizon


  • 05:42 Lyrics My Horse Has Wings
    I hope you will forgive me
    I seem to be at a loss for words
    You know they don't come easily
    I've always been a solitary bird

    There's a dark unguarded pass up ahead
    I may not have a prayer of getting through
    And while I'm not prone to displays of emotion
    I find it hard to say goodbye to you

    I ride along the great divide
    Far from the world I have known
    But my heart still sings and my horse has wings
    To fly and carry me home

    And I'd like to rise above it
    But I fear I've fallen prey
    To the forces that I railed against
    In my angry young man days

    At least that's how it feels tonight
    When the world has lost her charms
    In her gaudy dress and her bracelets of gold
    Dangling from her withered arms

    There will be no more tears or lamentations
    I'll take the reins and heed the call
    I'll make that hill by daybreak
    And ride even if I'm riding for a fall


  • 04:17 Lyrics I Want to Rock
    Ring ringin' of the telephone
    "Is the lady of the house at home?
    We've got an offer you can't resist"
    I said, "Oh yeah? Well, just watch this"

    I'm slippin' out the back door
    I don't have time to talk
    (Can't take the ticking of the clock)
    I'm puttin' on my dancing shoes
    "What do you want to do?"
    I want to rock

    "What have you been doing all of these years?"
    We've been cryin' Ninety-six Tears
    Look out now - we're a triple threat
    A little bit crazy, not dead yet

    You want to know how to fire your guns?
    Go ask Malcolm and Angus Young
    Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley where you been?
    Down the road and back again


  • 04:52 Lyrics Highland Boy

    Through a field there ran a brook
    From the hills beyond
    Where a boy put down his book
    And from me now is gone

    I am reminded of him here
    Where rain on heather falls
    The pages scattered on the banks
    Since first he heard the call

    "Arise, arise, and come away
    You are our pride and joy
    The drums shall roll and the pipes shall play
    For our highland boy"

    He sailed on ships and loved a wife
    Children played upon his knee
    He read the story of his life
    That told his destiny

    And when in Death's cold eyes he looked
    He bravely faced the foe
    And through his heart there ran the brook
    He followed long ago

    And so we laid him to his rest
    We laid him gently down
    We heard Scotland's bonny drums
    And there was glory in the ground

    The field shall be his blanket warm
    The stars his diadem
    The hills shall stand his honor guard
    And the pipes his requiem

  • 03:56 Lyrics Bone Tired
    Bone tired, world-weary
    Someday I'll lay my burden down
    Then I'll walk where angels talk
    And stand on sacred ground
    All my life
    I've been waiting to see
    Bone tired, world-weary
    Got my eyes on Eternity

    I met a man, he was walking
    Down this long and lonesome road
    He said, "I have a heavy pack upon my back
    And no way to lighten the load

    I don't know where I'm going
    But I sure know where I've been
    I work all day and half the night
    Get up and do it all again"

    I saw a woman with her head bowed down
    She had fallen to her knees
    All alone in a church of stone
    Begging, "Lord, please

    Have mercy, give me
    The strength to carry on
    'Cause sometimes I feel, sometimes I feel
    Like I'm already dead and gone"


  • 05:04 Season of the Witch
  • 04:50 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'"

  • 06:01 Lyrics Train to Nowhere
    Standing on the platform
    Staring down the track
    I felt a shiver
    When I heard that clickety-clack

    Heard the cry of "All aboard"
    The ancient whistle blow
    I've been waiting here so long
    I can't tell friend from foe

    Oh - - -
    I'll meet you down the line
    I'm on the train to nowhere
    And it's right on time

    The conductor was a blind man
    And it caused me some concern
    When he handed me my ticket
    For the point of no return

    He said, "You look a little worse for wear
    I hate to call your bluff
    But if you're going to ride this line
    You must be made of sterner stuff"

    I begged the brakeman, "Stop this train"
    He said, "But what's the use?
    You should know by now it's commonplace
    For all hell to be breaking loose"

    Then I heard my grandmother singing
    "Hush - don't you cry
    You're my little piece of Heaven
    Fallen down from the sky"


  • 05:22 Lyrics Saw You At The Hop (live)
    Let me see now - what was that year?
    1956 comes back clear
    I said to my friends, "There's a party goin' on
    Let's get there late and not stay too long"

    I went back home to put on my dress
    I arrived later in the one that looked the best
    I was tappin' my feet to a Muddy Waters song
    When you walked in the door with a white shirt on

    I saw you at the hop
    Saw you at the party
    I saw you at the hop
    Saw you at the party

    And I said to my friends as you walked by
    "Did you see that boy? I think I'm gonna die"
    My friends said to me, " He's lookin' your way
    What are you gonna do? What are you gonna say?"

    But time went by without a word to me
    I said to my friends, "Come on, let's go
    - Some things aren't meant to be"
    So we went out just drivin' around
    Found ourselves on La Cienega northbound

    And who do you think should pull up alongside
    But that sweet boy sayin', "I've been lookin' for you
    everywhere - do you want to take a ride?