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Cowboy Savant

by Ronny Cox

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The old man said it's in the canyon It lives up there behind the mountain (and) Every branch of every pinon tree Maybe I was just too young then Too damned smart and way too dumb then It took me all this time to finally see Chorus Everywhere I go It's underneath my skin It's more than I can know And it's always in the wind Lightning streaks across the desert I hold you close, wetry to measure How long 'til the thunder makes the sound Sometimes it can rain forever First a drop, and then a river And sometimes it don't even reach the ground Chorus Quaking aspens in the Fall A song in the morning A lonely coyote crying at the night The laughter of a little girl Dust devils in the distance Heat waves in the noon day sun New fallen snow The smell of her hair The moon sitting up there on the mesa Bluffs rising up like ships on the horizon After the thunder sleeps Before the wind begins Chorus Hozh'q....Hozh'q...
Sanctuary 03:12
Silver City 04:27
On my way to Silve City Was a man I meant to see Drivin' through the Black Range Mountains When it all came back to me You said meet me by the river We would start our brand new life Your daddy swore you were his treasure You would never be my wife Chorus A thousand tears fall in the darkness A thousand times I've wondered why How it hurts now to remember I'd forgotten how to cry They said he tried to stop you You ran out into the night Seven miles down that highway When I saw those flashing lights On my way to Silver City Fightin' back those memories Lord I've tried but I can't outrun them Guess they'll always follow me Chorus
Quintanaroo 04:47
The shadow of a ceiling fan sweeps across the floor He stares at the shutters, stays out of view So many reasons, he's forgotten them now But he followed them all to Quintanaroo He'd kill for a cigarette, the Cuervo is gone Nowhere to go, nothing to do So he waits for the chance, slip out with the dawn But dawn takes forever in Quintanaroo Chorus Once it was easy, you could always talk your way out It didn't matter if what you said was true Truth and lies are all the same, hell, everything you knew Don't mean nothing in Quintanaroo From Lupo's cantina music seeps through the door And it plays like a movie there in his head The burning white flash, the look of surprise The cobblestone street, a river of red Chorus He knows that they'll find him, it's just a matter of time No one can save you in Quintanaroo Truth and lies are all the same, hell, everything you knew Don't mean nothing in Quintanaroo No one can save you, in Quintanaroo
An ol' rusty nail stole the air from my whitewall tire A black cat on a ladder crossed the moon And I counted 13 steps from where you threw my mirror I don't think I'm comin' back to you Tried not to notice when you stepped upon that sidewalk crack It didn't have to mean our love affair was doomed But you laughed at me, and said I'm too damned superstitious I don't think I'm comin' back to you Chorus You tossed my lucky boot You replaced it with that chicken foot I'm tryin' to figure out exactly when I lost control A hurricane has wrecked my car, my pool is missing from my back yard Hell, my dog's even starting to look like Marie Leveau Now I think about it, since the day that you moved in here My little parakeet's turned awfully mean and cruel And just last night my goldfish nailed me with an evil eye I don't think I'm comin' back to you Chorus Woke up this morning had this awful pain there in my neck I saw a doll that looked like me danglin' from a noose You can have my house, I left the keys out in the mailbox I don't think I'm comin' back...I'm pretty sure I'm not comin' back... Ain't a chance in hell I'm comin' back to you
Got on at Springfield this morning Headed straight into the rising sun, Gonna take that ride on the Continental Divide All the way to the Bay of Galveston How long since you've seen the hills of Texas Walked along beneathe that endless sky I can still hear you describe your true paradise I want to see it through your eyes Chorus Time is a place you remember Rollin' through your dreams at night You said "Time is just a train on an old Southbound line" I want to see it through your eyes Looking out the door of this boxcar I see a herd of mustang runnin' wild You would know where they are going and you'd know the reason why I want to see it through your eyes Chorus
Done Movin' 03:10
Shovelled coal in West Virginia mines Cured tobacco down in Caroline Logged a forest near the Puget Sound I got drunk in every bar in town Worked Alaska on that long pipeline Covered Kansas on an old combine But when I found the place that I love best This man in motion finally came to rest Chorus I'm done movin' Layin' roots down on this farm Tell ya, I'm done movin' I'm stayin' home here in our arms Drove a big rig 'cross the Great Divide I found out it was a lonesome ride Climbed the Sierras with a screen and pan Searched for gold; all I found was sand Chorus Been to Boulder and to Boston, too Anywhere there was a job to do But I promised on the day we wed Threw out my knapsack and I bought a bed Chorus I'm done movin' I'm stayin' on this land Yeah, I'm done movin' I'm gonna be her family man My baby loves me where I am My baby loves me where I am
Canyons 03:39
There's a place this side of Dallas You can get the picture from the parking lot Where that old dented Chevy pickup truck Wonders if that custom Cadillac is hot....or what That's where the trash meets the cash The Duke of Oil Brought the Cowtown Princess She wants that rowdy roughneck struttin' past But he's got his eye on the bimbette with the banker That's where the trash meets the cash Chorus They come from Hereford, Amarillo and Odessa Position sought: diggin' for gold And from the boardrooms and from Niemann's To that not-so-silent auction Where what can't be bought, nonetheless, is sold Good is good, bad is better Where the trash meets the cash Well, there's fast talk and there's sweet talk Sometimes there ain't no talk at all They go for broke in that neon shopping mall They've even got a scoreboard on the wall Good is good, bad is better Where the trash meets the cash Chorus I guess it all comes down to family values Where the trash meets the cash
Back Then 04:07
I caught a glimpse of her Out in the garden The soft sunset lit up her face It took me back to the first time I saw her Seems like yesterday That quick easy smile Stopped me dead in my tracks When her brown eyes Took my heart for a spin She's prettier now Than she's ever been And she was beautiful..back then I remember the time I was pacing in panic On a bitter cold gray winter morn I still hear the doctor Sayin' take a deep breath, son By the way, your son's been born I rushed to her side...I watched in awe When the nurse brought Her new baby in She's prettier now Than she's ever been And she was beautiful..back then Try to say what she means to me Don't know where to start Something's missing inside of me Any time we're apart I caught a glimpse of me There in the mirror Time has put gray in my hair I'm lookin' older - she just looks better But you know, she wouldn't care She's never been concerned with looks She knows beauty comes from within She's prettier now Than she's ever been And she was beautiful..back then I love her more now than I ever did And she was the world...back then
In the beginning The world was a warehouse The Old Man was tinkering in his shop He worked on the trees And then on the breeze Then, at the end of the day, He scooped up a handful of clay We all know what he made From the dust In the thirties The wind took the topsoil He loved whipping up those Angry clouds Sometimes all we ate Was the grit on our plates Mama would pray through the night I can still see that look in her eyes Let those pastures of plenty arise From the dust Chorus From the dust I saw a flower bloom From the dust I see myself in you Our dreams can still come true I can see it shining through From the dust From the dust Yesterday, The world crashed around us Fire rained down from the sky From the man on the street To the cop on the beat We were better than we Ever thought we were And from that fire that still burns I still believe hope returns From the dust Chorus


released January 1, 2002


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