Like A Thoroughbred

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This song was inspired heavily by Townes Van Zandt, God, trains, and The Devil...

Imagine it's the late sixties and you are a bewildered rapscallion who's got himself shot in the gut. ...in a spaghetti western. Now press play.

All the lyrics in this song are written using the vernacular of cowboys. That's why I took the time to print these out and not the others. You can figure those other ones out just fine...

lyrics

ghost army outlaws
waitin' on the horizon
bone orchard days
just up ahead

bones in my closet
rattle through the darkness
whisperin' me, I'd best to fade

swear to me, you'll carry me, back -to kentucky
through new orleans, and tennessee,
by way, of iron horse...
-hmmm...

i've come a cropper, couldn't care a continental
my better days, gone up the spout
between the grass, n' hay, with a lick and a promise
of aces high, and a hog killin' time

been nailed to the corner, done got the mitten
as a four-flushin' curly wolf, pale apparitions,
keep draggin' me on lord. draggin' me
to my killin' floor...

swear to me, you'll carry me, back -to ky
through new orleans, and tennessee,
by way, of rusty iron, and through the fields,
of cherokee, back through the shadow lands...
-hmmm...

these tribulations, cold hands around my neck,
draggin me to a slow cold hell, so fetch me a bottle,
baby let's get roostered. half over seas, we'll set to sail

a gospel sharp lord, he's beggin' my pardon,
while the spokes fly from my wheel,
hearin' 'pony up boy', from the mouths of flannel,
to stand the gaff of the final mill...

swear to me, you'll carry me, back, to ky
through new orleans, and tennessee, by way
of rusty iron. and through the fields, of cherokee,
back -to appalachia. and please tell ma, I weren't no squaw, but i died, like a thoroughbred.....

credits

from Saddest Of Bastards EP, track released January 25, 2012
Ben Anthrope; literally, everything... (thankfully I have an awesome band now to play the instruments while I record them :D )

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