The Stone Coyotes

VIII

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 2008
Red Cat Records
Released 2008
Red Cat Records
  • 03:25 Lyrics Tomorrow Is Another Day
    I’ve been hiding here behind the eight ball
    Wondering who’s calling on the telephone
    Scratching off a ticket, hoping for a windfall
    Bill collector’s got an ominous tone

    I keep thinking that someday maybe
    My ship will come in and my wishes come true
    In the meantime it’s driving me crazy
    I wonder now - what about you?

    Oh well – All right
    Doesn’t matter anyway
    Like Scarlett said in Gone With the Wind
    “Tomorrow is another day”

    Tell me, what’s that on the horizon
    Peace in the valley or calm before the storm?
    All I know is when I sit by the fire
    Lord help me, I used to feel warm

    When you were a child do you remember
    Running through the green fields back then?
    Hey little child, where did you run to
    And do you think you could get there again?

     

  • 04:56 Lyrics Land of the Living
    In too deep, I keep getting caught in the brambles
    Spun around, run down trying to walk a straight line
    Oh well - truth to tell, my life is in shambles
    Anybody asks, I say I’m doing just fine

    Hey, wait a minute – What do I see?
    Flying in low it’s an angel of mercy
    Through the Valley of Death I’ve been driven
    Now I’m back in the land of the livin’

    I’ve been scarred, got caught off guard – took a bullet
    In my hour of need start to bleed, thinking maybe I’ve been cursed
    Left for dead, hanging by a thread with no one to pull it
    Shake my fist at the sky and say, “All right – Do your worst”

    Voice of fear in my ear keeps repeating, “You’re stranded
    In the wilderness – Oh yes – with all the lost and forlorn”
    I said, “Oh no, I won’t go from this life empty-handed
    Come on, Gabriel, blow your horn”

     

  • 04:40 Lyrics Not Right Now
    I’ve heard all about it
    How “time and tide wait for no man”
    I guess that means in translation
    Have a little fun while you can

    I said Oh -
    When St. Peter calls me I’ll be ready to go
    But not right now
    I’ve got John Lee Hooker on the stereo

    Got my papers in order
    My children’s names in the will
    All been signed and notarized
    Lord, it gave me a chill

    When nobody’s looking
    I do a little dance in my room
    Making sure my blinds are drawn
    Keep out the doom and gloom

    He’s a million miles from nowhere
    In a one room country little shack
    I’ve got half a mind to go find it
    And if I do I might not come back

     

  • 03:41 Lyrics The Lights of Home
    Now I don’t know you and you don’t know me
    I’m grateful for your company
    I’ll speak these words as to a friend
    Then I’ll be on my weary way again

    I tell you in confidence
    I’d give all I own
    From my wandering to be free, from this dark road to see
    The lights of home

    Memory has a mighty power
    To illuminate a lonely hour
    A willow by a waterfall
    Flashes on a hotel wall

    From gilded cities and crowded skies
    To desolate highways that hypnotize
    Rolling wheels sing a traveler’s song
    To the ones like us who’ve been gone too long

     

  • 04:33 Lyrics All For Angelina
    Looking back to when it started
    He said it didn’t seem like much
    Just that her hand under his own
    Felt electric to the touch

    But it was enough to shake the planets
    To shock the moon and stars
    To make the fates hang down their heads
    As they watched him from afar

    All for Angelina
    He said she was the only one
    All for Angelina
    He cried, “What have I done?”

    She said, “If you truly love me
    Do this for me at least
    Bring me diamonds mined in Africa
    And rubies from the East

    I want a shawl from the Orient
    From Paris a fine dress”
    He said, “I guess other men before me
    Have sold their souls for less”

    It was just another plan gone wrong
    And like the songs of old
    Blood spilled on a dark street
    For silver and for gold

    He said, “Put me in a prison cell
    In the shadow of the gallows high
    And I will pay my restitution
    Until the day I die”

    He said, “I though we had forever
    I thought we had all the time in the world
    That we would live our love
    Like we were the last boy and the last girl

    Angelina, can you hear me?
    Do you hear me call your name?
    Or are you out there burning in the night
    Drawing new moths to your flame?”

     

     

  • 04:38 Lyrics The Beat's Got a Hold on Me
    The beat’s got a hold on me
    Yes, I hear a symphony
    Down through history
    (Everywhere I go on the radio)
    They say, “The beat’s got a hold on me”

    Here’s a word to the wise
    We’ve all been mesmerized
    Joining in one by one
    We’re moving in unison

    And you know that I’ve tried to leave it
    I tell myself I don’t need it
    But then again the minute I hear it
    It’s a magnetic pull and I’m in the spirit

    The cradle started to rock
    The mouse ran up the clock
    The clock struck one two three
    Said, “The beat’s got a hold on me”

    From a mother’s lullaby
    Singing, “Hush, baby, don’t you cry”
    To every port of call, every dance hall
    They say – Yeah

    Sailors on the sea
    Sang, “Nearer My God to Thee”
    When they heard the trade winds blow
    They sang, “Yo ho ho oh-oh”

    Soldiers sang, “Here we come”
    As they marched to the fife and drum
    Thunder of boots on the ground
    And the walls came tumbling down

    Do the two-step
    Do the twist
    Shake your tail feathers
    Do it like this
    Play La Bamba
    Play a tango
    Play a requiem
    ‘Cause I’m feeling low
    Do the buck and wing
    Do the stroll
    Play a minuet
    Play some rock and roll

     

  • 04:06 Lyrics Trouble Down in Texas
    He was driving west through Beaumont
    Heard a story in a bar
    It scared him half to death
    And he jumped back in his car

    There’s a girl who’s hunting cowboys
    Carving notches in her gun
    Casualties are mounting
    Lost count at twenty-one

    Your days are numbered
    If she sets her sights on you
    There’s trouble down in Texas
    And her name is Betty Lou

    She was courted by a cowboy
    Down on bended knee
    He pledged eternal love
    But it was not to be

    He left her at the altar
    A sweet and blushing bride
    Now she is a woman scorned
    Hell-bent on homicide

    He was hiding out in Houston
    But he didn’t stay for long
    They said he bore a strong resemblance
    To the one who done her wrong

    In an icehouse up in Conroe
    He was taken by surprise
    When a girl walked through the swinging doors
    Vendetta in her eyes

    Her two gold teeth were flashing
    He saw her skull tattoo
    She said, “Hi - Nice to meet y’all
    My name is Betty Lou”

    He headed for the alley
    Ducking buckshot as he ran
    His mind already working
    On a relocation plan

    There’s a new endangered species
    And cowboy is its name
    He said, “I’m moving out of state
    And I suggest you do the same

    If you want to send a postcard
    Address it Katmandu
    There’s trouble down in Texas
    And her name is Betty Lou”

     

     

  • 04:44 Lyrics Brand New Car
    There once was a girl in days gone by
    She lived at the oceanside
    She only had one care in the world
    She didn’t want to beg a ride

    But suddenly a sweet surprise
    Came right out of the blue
    She called her friends with tears in her eyes
    Said, “I’ve got some real good news”

    My Daddy gave me a brand new car
    It’s a Rocket 88
    Gonna drive it up to the stars
    Let’s go – Now don’t be late

    She liked the feel of the wheel in her Oldsmobile
    She said, “From way up high we’ll look back down
    See all the streets, all the avenues
    In every city and town

    Hey, there’s Mustang Sally
    Maybelline in a Coupe DeVille
    Here comes a little red Corvette
    Rollin’ on down the hill

    Way down below there’s a GTO
    I pray it won’t collide
    With a little Deuce Coupe on Dead Man’s Curve
    Cruisin’ side by side

    They’re playing our tune, Fly Me To the Moon
    And we’re taking off tonight
    From here to the stratosphere
    Out of reach, out of sight”

    So if you’re getting’ your kicks on Route 66
    And a Rocket comes along
    She’ll be riding in style and she’ll throw you a smile
    While she’s singing this little song

     

  • 03:40 Lyrics A Charmed Life
    I was born on a Friday
    The thirteenth of July
    That’s when my guardian angel
    Kissed me goodbye
    Now me and misfortune
    Are joined at the hip
    I’ve spent my whole life
    Trying to give her the slip

    Hey – I guess you could say
    I lead a charmed life

    I went to Madame Rosita
    She read the palm of my hand
    She said to be on the lookout
    For a bow-legged man
    I asked with some trepidation
    “Can you at least tell me why?”
    She said, “That’s all the information
    A dollar will buy”

    Am I a victim of voodoo?
    Is someone playing a game?
    Sticking pins in a doll
    And muttering my name?
    They say over the rainbow
    Bluebirds fly
    But there’s a chain link fence
    Between me and the sky

     

  • 02:54 Lyrics If I Knew How to Dance
    I hear an old tune
    I see a Creole moon
    And a warm wind
    Comes drifting in
    There’s a rockin’ show
    I want to go

    Oh so many things I could do
    Like a bird on the wing I could fly to you
    If I knew
    If I knew how to dance

    I’d know how it feels
    To wear high heels
    To go steppin’ out
    See what it’s all about
    To smell the sweet perfume
    In a crowded room

    And then you’d notice me
    In my finery
    With a tender touch
    Say, “I love you so much”
    And then the sound would start pumpin’
    And my heart would be thumpin’
    And the joint starts jumpin’

     

  • 04:08 Kern River
  • 03:52 Lyrics The Grey Robe of the Rain
    When I was young I read words on a page
    I didn’t understand – I hadn’t come of age
    But when I was older I heard the refrain
    I wear the grey robe of the rain

    I call to the sun in the sky
    Dry the silver tear in my eye
    I feel the dig of that chain
    I wear the grey robe of the rain

    I saw a lady – She walked through the town
    She had dazzling jewels and a rich velvet gown
    But I looked in her eyes – There was no need to explain
    She said, “Yes, I wear the grey robe of the rain”

    Once in my travels I came upon a child
    With the pallor of one who has never run wild
    Thin face lifted to the light all alone
    Like a flower that grows through the cracks of a stone

    I’ve squandered and scattered and wasted my days
    Everything of value I have gambled away
    Now I’m hollow and haunted and I can just bear the strain
    I wear the grey robe of the rain

    Time’s whip left a welt – Life’s grip left a bruise
    No doctor can heal and still I refuse
    To wither, to bend, to succumb to the pain
    Someday I’ll throw off the grey robe of the rain