The Stone Coyotes

My Turn

The Stone Coyotes
written by B. Keith/D. Tibbles, Mohawk Trail Music, ASCAP


I got off the road and I felt so wired

Mama said, “I’m worried ‘cause you look too tired”

“Yes, I know, Mama, it’s a jungle out there

But I’m livin’ a dream and I just don’t care”


Got music to play

Got a fire to burn

Every dog has his day

And now it’s my turn


Got to the club, setting up our sound

The owner rolled his eyes, said, “Can you keep it down?

It’s a mellow crowd – Don’t know how much they can stand”

We said, “For cryin’ out loud, we’re a rock and roll band”


Then the man from the label walked in

Said, “We’ll sweeten up the tracks with some violins”

We said, “No, no, Mister, let’s cut to the chase

What you hear is what you get – guitar, drums and bass”

The Stone Coyotes
written by B. Keith/D. Tibbles


The townsfolk spoke about her, told me all they knew

Said she’s not much one for talkin’

She’s been in Oklahoma now since 1962

You’ll find her out on her front porch rockin’


She saw me comin’, kickin’ up dust as I got near

Watched me with her eyes of faded blue

She asked me not unkindly, “What are you doin’ way out here?

No one takes this road unless they have to”


It was a long, long time ago

The day she fell in love with the boy from the rodeo


He tipped his hat to me that day at the Tulsa County Fair 

He told me, “Bronco ridin’s what I do”

Even though he didn’t know it, I swore right then and there

He’s the only one I’d ever give my heart to


With every ride I prayed he wasn’t riding for a fall

Till the day he drew the horse called Satan’s Son

For a moment there it seemed like he’d bust that devil after all

But in a flash he lay there broken, my darling one


She said, “I ran through the crowd and the dirt and the mud and I heard my own voice scream

‘Lord – Please don’t let him die’

One horse, one ride, one fall, one hoof, two hearts with trampled dreams 

Now I live with the prairie wind and the southern sky”


I left her on the porch with the shadows growing long

She waved goodbye and watched me go

She turned to face the sunset and rocked to an old, old song

On the breeze I heard, “Ki-yi-yippie-yi-yo”

The Stone Coyotes
written by B. Keith


Look around – Tell me, please

Do you feel a sense of unease?

Something’s wrong – Feel it in your bones

Truth on the scaffold, deception on the throne

You can’t decide who’s to blame

The focus shifts – The subject moves out

                                                    of frame


Oh – I’ve felt the same thing too

That’s why I sympathize with you


You keep thinking it’s such a crime

And the thought goes ‘round and ‘round like

                                            a nursery rhyme

Something’s stolen – You don’t know what

Some essential has been severed and cut

The screen flickers – The gear slips

The word “Danger” on children’s lips


Your sleep disturbed by a distant drum

Is it the cadence of revolutions yet to come?

Or is it a ship in distress, tapping out in code, S.O.S.?

Hear the shout, “Search and destroy!”

While we’re just looking for our comfort and joy

The Stone Coyotes
written by B. Keith


Yes, I know I was asking for trouble

No need to go through the wreckage for clues

All the kisses grown cold – It’s the same old story

Play Cupid’s game and you’re bound to lose


So, Love, hey thanks – Look what you started

Made me weep and wail – How could you be so cruel?

I joined the ranks of the broken-hearted

Set sail on the ship of fools


The moon is a silver-tongued devil

A smooth-talking rogue with an eye to romance

Dazzled in its glow as he whispered low

                                                        such sweet words

Found myself saying, “Sure – Let’s take a chance”


Swept away, and now I’m stranded

Every bridge burned, no return ticket to be found

The bloom’s off the rose – I’m just one of those


Here I sit where I hit the rocks, ran aground

The Stone Coyotes
written by B. Keith/D. Tibbles


I was in the congregation

And I heard the preacher say

“Give in to sin and temptation

There’ll be hell to pay

Fire and brimstone

Ten thousand degrees”

I shouted, “Lord, have mercy

Bring Satan to his knees”


Threw a rock in the river

Threw a stone in the well

Put my ear to the ground

And I heard the devil yell


He said, “You’re causing a commotion

Stop making such a fuss

I’ll blow up the ocean

Grind the mountains into dust

How dare you defy me?

Don’t you know who I am?

Gonna shake you like a rag doll

I’m the king of the damned”


The devil stood before me

Said, “Prepare for your demise”

So I loaded up my slingshot

Hit him right between the eyes

The Stone Coyotes
written by B. Keith


Countdown – Hear your heart pound

Pray to Heaven on high

You took a last look

In the rear view mirror at the clear blue sky

It’s real – You feel

Fear like the blade of a knife

You know – Uh oh

You’re in for the ride of your life


This is it  - Can’t quit

Yeah, you’re under the gun

Get ready – Hold steady

Set the wheels in motion


Side by side – Three wide

You know every note of the engine’s song

In your ear you hear

Up ahead something’s gone wrong

Blown tire – Ring of fire

Split second to make up your mind

It’s all right – Hang on tight

Let it chatter but hold the line

The Stone Coyotes
written by B. Keith


I’ve been thinking for a while now

Something’s gotta give

What do you say we make a vow?

Find the spark we started with


How about you, amigo?

Shall we go dancing cheek to cheek?

We could scale these prison walls

You’ve still got that wild streak


There’s a wind outside my door

It’s an old familiar friend

Almost sounds like California

Saying, “Stranger, where you been?”


We all have our souvenirs

Something held apart

A little treasure tucked away

In a corner of the heart


A flower pressed in paper

A letter in a drawer

Mine’s a seashell from Laguna

I can hear the Pacific Ocean roar


Let’s trip the light fantastic

Go hear that crooner sing

“Where the Blue of the Night

                    Meets the Gold of the Day”

The Santa Ana’s calling

The Stone Coyotes
written by Brown, Merritt, Seals, Allen
The Stone Coyotes
written by B. Keith/D. Tibbles


Little sister has her best dress on

Getting ready to dance till dawn

Talked to Johnny just the other night

Can’t make it – Got cut in a fight


As we spin around, spin around the sun

As we spin around, spin around the sun


Down on the corner of Sunset and Vine

Saw a man – He carried a sign

“The world will end on the First of June”

Sang “Amazing Grace” and he sang it in tune


Billy drove through the old side of town

Streets torn up and buildings torn down

Poor Billy – Now whatcha gonna do?

“Goin’ down to Macon in my Blue Suede Shoes”


People talkin’ on the telephone

Don’t want to stand on this rock alone

They need affection, someone to care

Lost the connection – Is anybody there?

The Stone Coyotes
written by B. Keith


I had a little friend in my childhood

The fairest flower of them all

The kind that blooms in the springtime

Then is gone long before the fall


I’ll show you the pathway to take through the pines

I’ll tell you the names on the stones

But I won’t go to the graveyard – No, I’ll stay behind

Too many roses and bones


There are those who do find comfort

When they see their loved ones’ resting place

As for me, I prefer the memory

Of the way sunlight played upon her face


I am told we’ll all be together

Young again on that distant shore

Joined with the dearly departed

I’ll see them then and not before