The Stone Coyotes

When Parliament Convenes

The Stone Coyotes
B. Keith


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!"