The White Buffalo - Once Upon A Time In The West

Artist: The White Buffalo
Release: Once Upon A Time In The West


1. Ballad Of A Deadman

The moon lights up over the battlefield now
With a blistering heat somehow
Lifeless, limp and broken hearts are dead
They should have just stayed home instead
Stayed alive

Well the letter arrives and glistens a mother’s eyes
She wonders where, when and why
She could have tucked him in his bed
With a kiss on the cheek and his head
He’d still lie

Well the moon and the stars can’t cast shadows on what is wrong
Well our boys are dead
They’ve been misled
Nothing more

The sun wakes up
Brings sparkles in the morning light
Rubs her belly, bows her head to cry
She lost him before they were wed
But he’s there in her heart and her head
He’ll stay alive

Oh the moon and the stars can’t cast shadows on what is wrong
Well our boys are dead
They’ve been misled
Nothing more

Well the moon and the stars can’t cast shadows on what is wrong
Well our boys are dead
They’ve been misled
Nothing more

The moon lights up, over the battlefield now

2. How The West Was Won

Rolling like a freight train through the night
I can’t get your scent off my skin
I’m a loser girl, I’m a little short on sight
I wish I knew just how to treat you right

Oh I need some medicine
I feel your body next to him
Locked like lovers in the night
I better prepare for another hard drinking night
What would whiskey do?
You won’t make things right
I better get my gun
Is that how the west was won?
Is that just what I’ve become?

I sure would like to think it ain’t my fault
How could I blame anybody else?
I’m a fuck-up, girl, that’s how I live my life
I wish I knew just how to treat you right

Walk along the avenues
There’s no drinking ‘way these blues
This is how life’s wrecking balls
Can’t control myself for what I say or what I do
Shall I end it all?
Well, it won’t bring me back to you
Well, I better get my gun
Is that how the west was won?
Is that just what I’ve become?

Train’s rolling off the tracks
Anything to get you back

Rolling like a freight train through the night
I can’t get your scent right off my skin
Well I better get my gun
Is that how the west was won?
Is that just what I’ve become

Train’s rolling off the track
Anything to get you back
Train’s rolling off the track
Anything to get you back
Train’s rolling off the track
Anything to get you back

3. The Pilot

I wish I was a pilot
Soaring over everyone and everything
Looking at the landscape
What a peaceful tiny scene

Staring over the skyline
Oh I feel the blue dancing on my wings
Turn off the engine
Imagine what tomorrow brings

The time we won’t delay
Take it from the other side
Born and lost
But it’s a one more time to get my fill
Of this old forgotten thrill, this life

I wish I was a fighter pilot
Soaring over everyone and everything
Through the smoke and fire
Imagine the hell I’d bring

The time we won’t delay
Take it from the inside
Born and lost
But it’s a one more time to get my fill
Of this old forgotten thrill, this life

But it’s cold, lost and shame
Wash it all out
Wash it all away
Now the story’s old
But it’s all been told
I wish that I…
I wish I’d fly
Alright!

I wish I was an outlaw
Spend my life kicking ass and takin’ names
There would be no love lost
Town to town killin’ dreams

The lines they turn to grey
Take it from the inside
Born and lost
But it’s a one more time to get my fill
Of this old forgotten thrill, this life

A one more time to get my fill
Of this old forgotten thrill, this life

4. One Lone Night

I’m dreaming wide awake
Sleep walking, shake the dust out
Got to give this heart a break
I can’t seem to slow the beats down
There ain’t no going home
Just a silence and a wave goodbye
I don’t really know about nothin’
Just know that I’m wasting time now

And it’ll be one lone night
Should I keep drinking ’til the morning light?
Should I settle down just to get my head right?
Or should I drive…

And it’ll be one lone night
Should I buy a ticket for a midnight flight?
Or should I end it all on this here knife?
Oh, should I?

Well, there’s no light in lost hope
I got to get back to you somehow
Tongue-twisted, sick joke
Yet there’s no way of figuring out
Maybe it’s much too late
Time to slow things down
Well, there’s torture in the wings
And the weight is too heavy now

Well, it’ll be one lone night
Should I keep drinking ’til the morning light?
Should I settle down just to get my head right?
Should I drive…

And it’ll be one lone night
Should I buy a ticket for a midnight flight?
Should I end it all on this here knife?
Or should I…
Should I try now?

Try now…
She says, try now…
She says, try now…
Try now

Well, it’ll be one lone night
Should I keep drinking ’til the morning light?
Should I settle down just to get my head right?
Should I drive?

And it’ll be one lone night
Should I buy a ticket for a midnight flight?
Should I end it all on this here knife?
Should I?

5. Sleepy Little Town

1, 2
1, 2, 3, 4
Well it’s gold and green kerosene
Far beyond the glow of the city lights
You can feel it in the air
You can catch if you dare
And all you got to do is wait around
For you and I in the sleepy little town

Slow like a dream lost in memories
Locomotion hauls to a grind
I get lost in the blue of lazy afternoon
Bluer than my little boy’s eyes
For you and I in this sleepy little town

Sun keeps pouring in
With withered hands and leathered skin
Get up boy, there’s work to be done
Until the sun goes down on you and I
You and I in this sleepy little town
For you and I in this sleepy little town

6. BB Guns And Dirt Bikes

We were riding out
With heads in the sky
We were ten and twelve and thirteen
We got BB guns and dirt bikes
And heads full of crowded dreams

We always won
In the hot suburban sun
We were kings of the west side track
These new kids over cross slater street
Coming on like a heart attack

Mama says
”Where are ya going?
And when will you be coming home?”
With my brother and my memory
I’ll bring my history home

Sealed with piss and with pride
Through the streets we would ride
Over cracks in the dirt and weeds
We’d best be home by suppertime
Just in time to craft a scheme

If you’ve got my back
Here’s the plan of attack
Listen up if you would boys, please
We’ll hit these pussies round midnight
And roll off like a band of thieves

Mama says
”Where are ya going?
And when will you be coming home?”
With my brother and my memory
I’ll bring my history home

With quivering eyes
And our fear in disguise
We gathered all that would burn in the breeze
We hit the asphalt howling like hell fire
Had no time to get weak in the knees
Under the cover of night
When the timing was right
Like a furious army of three
We’d light up the sky like the fourth of July
And race home like it was a dream

And Mama yells
”Where have ya been?
And where the hell are ya coming from?”
With my brother and my memory
I’ll bring my victory home

With my brother and my memory
I’ll bring my history home

7. The Bowery

Listen while you read
I’m down at the Bowery
Oh Lord, oh Lord
I’m gonna tell ya how I got here
First I gotta shoot some dice and win
So I can get my room again

It all started with a love so true and the angels flew
Higher than I’d ever been
With a sparkle in her face and her eyes and the butterfly
It all came rushing in

A buttercup
I lost my wife in ’73
She took ill, she done died on me
Now I’ve got nothing more to live for

So I packed up a bag and went
I just started wanderin’
I hid in the booze and the shadows of the night
I just started crumblin’

A buttercup
I lost my wife in ’73
She took ill, she done died on me
Now I’ve got nothing more to live for

8. Wish It Was True

Mother, I try to do right by you
To do what you asked me to
I did wrong and I knew

Mother I tried to behave for you
Now I’m a digging a grave for you
It was all I could do

Find a way back home
Make everything new
But I wish it was true

Father, well I’ll give my soul to you
I came in blindfolded for you
It was all that I knew

Open your arms and I’ll fly out of hell up to you
I wish it was true

Boy, come on out from the cold
You’re lost outside there don’t you know
It’s not what you say it’s what you do
Just keep wishing your wishes are true

Well your dreams, they are reality
There’s no pain, there’s no misery
Just polish the blood and the bruise
For there’s just no way you can lose
But I wish it was true

Country, I was a soldier for you
I did what you asked me to
It was wrong and you knew

Country, now I’m just a stranger to you
A number, a name it’s true
Throw me away when you’re through

Home of the brave and free
The red, white and blue
But I wish it was true

9. Hold The Line

I left home the beloved second son
Filled with promise and a tear drop in my eye
An escape my new life had just begun
With a whisper I did run into the night…
Into the night

Go where there’s dust
I chase my shadow from the sun
Fix my eyes on the ocean keep it in my sight
There I sail into a sinking sea of sin
No getting out once you’ve been in
It’s not to try…
It’s not to try…

Hold the wind, hold the line
Hold the wind, hold the line

Longer at sea, I begin to lose my mind
No sense of wrong or right, just survive
Sky it guides me where my anger always goes
Into a bottle and overflows out my mind
Oh, out my mind

Hold the wind, hold the line
Hold the wind, hold the line
Hey!

Gone where they don’t find the open road
Bottle’s all I know
I can’t get dry, dry
I’ve lost everything I know
I still can’t find
Find the line
Hold the line

Hold the wind, hold the line
Hold the wind, hold the line
Hold the wind, hold the line
Hold the wind, hold the line

Hey!
Hey!
Hey!

10. Good Ol' Day To Die

Back in the 18th Century
When the west is wild as the eye could see
Pack up the wife and the wagon, get some land for free
Follow this trail to liberty

And ohh
It’s a good ol’ day to day to die
But I ain’t gonna die today

Dangerous road, I don’t think it’s not
Where the sun is blazing and my steel is hot
They carry rounds and my guns are out
I go clack clack clack
So they can stretch out in a box

It’s a good ol’ day to day to die
But I ain’t gonna die today

Lost out in the dust, it’s a hustle, it’s a bustle
I’ve been looking to hell to get out alone
Death comes a-knocking like a bullet from the shadow
Oh my god!
I’m not ready for the light

Men in black and poachers from the east
So take your wife and the wagon and your family
You’re never gonna get out of here alive
So up under this chin I blaze my .45
I said Lord….

But it’s a good ol’ day to day to die
But I ain’t gonna die today

11. Stunt Driver

Thinking he’s a stunt driver
Drives with no headlights on
Maybe he lost his way
Maybe he lost his home
Maybe he ain’t got no soul
Maybe it’s in the lost and found
Maybe he’s sideways
Maybe he’s upside down

Maybe he’s another lost soul
Come to get it on, get it on child

Maybe he just parked on the lawn
You know it don’t give two shits
He’s waking to the morning sun
Maybe it’s time to quit
Maybe he ain’t got no voice
Maybe he got no words to say
Don’t think you’d understand
No one listens anyway

Maybe he’s another lost soul
Come to get it on, get it on child

Calling all cars, is anybody there?
Holding a sign, does anybody care?
Follow the forces of evil everywhere
Chasing the lost souls on down

Thinking he’s a stunt driver
Follows no book or code
Ya know that he a rambling man
Until his heart explodes
Maybe he’s all alone
Maybe got no heart to fill
Maybe he got no choice
Maybe he lost his will

Maybe he’s another lost soul
Come to get it on, get it on child
Maybe he’s another lost soul
Come to get it on, get it on child

Four white wooden crosses by the side of the road
Throw a dozen dead roses out the passenger window
Push the pedal to the floor, watch the road erupt
He got a belly full of bourbon, keep one eye shut

12. The Witch

She taught them hard
She taught them well
Thirty years, cold as hell
But kids are cruel at the recess bell
Children laugh, children yell

Ding dong the witch is dead

She put them first
Before herself
Self sacrifice, she cast her spells
She saw them turn from books and school
Pencils down, the broken rule

Ding dong, the witch is dead
Ding dong, the witch is dead
Ding dong, the witch is dead

Red, red rover bring the witch on over
Break the line, gonna send her off to hell
Well you know we’re gonna slow her on down
Oh it’s just as well

And the beat goes on

She taught them hard
She taught them well
Through the years
The cracks they fell
Kids are cruel at the recess bell
Children laugh, children yell

Ding dong, the witch is dead
Ding dong, the witch is dead
Ding dong, the witch is dead

13. I Am The Light

I’m not like all the others
They’re too polished for words
All plastic parts in search for perfect tense
Appearances deceive you
Don’t chase those holograms
Well there’s really no perfection in the end
There’s pain there in your city lights
White lightning in your veins
And the truth is that, that I just came to say

There’s a dream inside your nightmare
Open up and let it in
It’s cold, it is petrified
Lose it now and it won’t come again

I am the light, you are the night, you hold the stars
I am where the darkness falls
It surrounds us all, it’s a call to us
You know that it won’t come again

A dream is all I got now
It’s tired and running thin
I’m long past the point of no return
Not so sure if I belong here, am I even in the game
I’m on the other side where the truth don’t lie
Where the time is now and it won’t come again

I am the light, no wrong, no right
You sell the stars
I am where the darkness falls, it surrounds us all
It’s a call to us

You know that it won’t come again
You know that it won’t come again

Before the dream throws away
Feels like the light is here to stay
Know the dream it floats away
It feels like the light is here to stay
Lord, before the dream throws away
Lord, the light is here to stay here to stay
Oh lord, here to stay
Here, it’s here to stay

14. Every Night, Every Day

There’s two weeks of road ahead now
Three days have passed along
Well, I’m a long way from California
Gasoline, a guitar and this song

It’s a devil’s dream that dies by the dozen
Paid my dues in the sweatin’ beer and the lights
With these highs and lows and everything in the middle
Keep my woman, better get my money right

Every night, every day, I’m alone

There’s good and nice and then there’s wicked ones
Under the shadow, light disappears
And there’s two cowboys cackling in the corner
Close my eyes, gonna check on outta here

There’s another town, will take you in the morning
Time will tease, no waiting for the roads to dry
Well, I will leave it all in the rear-view mirror
Put the pedal to the metal ’til the early morning light

Every night, every day, I’m alone
Every night, every day, well I get stoned

I’ll eat dinner in a room in a dark saloon
And that’s half my money spent
I got plans and schemes and a-hopes and dreams
But our dreams don’t pay the rent
Baby, it a-hurts to be alone
Baby, baby, all my dreaming home tonight
Get my family on the phone
Come on, woman, bring me home tonight

Every night, every day, I’m alone
Every night, every day, Lord I get stoned

Every night, every day, I’m alone

15. Darkside Of Town

I’m headin’ to the dark side of town
Where the Devil gets down
Where my money gets lost and found

I shuffle my feet
And I ain’t too discreet
Trouble, it flags me down
So I head underground

There, there’s nothing that you can say
There’s no need to stand in my way

Is this heaven or hell?
They’re both gates, just as well
They’re all the same, far as I can tell

This body that binds
Gonna leave it behind
See what the devil and me can find
The gates open wide

There’s nothing that you can say
There, there’s no need to stand in my way, hey hey hey hey
And there’s nothing that you can say, hey hey
There’s no need to stand in my way, hey hey

In the haze and the highs
Your face comes crashing through my mind
Oh, what shame
I better put you away
What on earth have I become
I can’t hide forever from the light of day
It’s not what I want
But it’s always too late

Headin’ to the dark side of town
Where the Devil gets down
Where my money gets lost and found

16. Insane

Lyin’ awake in my bed
When I heard voices in my head
Angry voices of the dead
They were in my mind

In my head the voices would stay
I remember when they took ol’ John away
Men in white coats came into his home
An’ gave him a jacket of his own

Cold eyes
In my body
Gonna swell my brain

Cold eyes
Makin’ me think
That I’m goin’
Insane

Was it evil they bestowed
Or from the heavens were they from the Lord
This, I tell you, I do not know
They didn’t give me a sign

Terrified in my bed
Would they join me as the living dead
Would they have me join them instead
Well I don’t wanna die

Cold eyes
In my body
Gonna swell my brain

Cold eyes
Makin’ me think
That I’m goin’
Insane

I could not keep it bottled in my brain
They all that thought I’d gone insane
Men in white coats came into my home
And gave me a jacket of my own

Cold eyes
In my body
Gonna swell my brain

Cold eyes
Makin’ me think
That I’m goin’
Insane

Cold eyes
In my body
Gonna swell my brain

Cold eyes
Makin’ me think
That I’m goin’
Insane

17. Highwayman

I was a highwayman
On the coach roads I did ride
With a sword and pistol by my side
Many a young maid lost her baubles to my trade
Many a soldier shed his lifeblood on my blade
The bastards hung me in the spring of twenty-five
But I’m still alive

I was a sailor
And I was born upon the tide
And with the sea I did abide
I sailed a schooner round the Horn to Mexico
I went aloft and furled the mainsail in a blow
And when the yards broke off they said that I got killed
But I’m living still

I was a dam builder
Across this river deep and wide
Where steel and water did collide
In a place called Boulder on the wild Colorado
I slipped and fell into the wet concrete below
They buried me in that grey tomb that knows no sound
But I’m still around
And I’ll always be around, and around, and around

And I flew a star ship
Across the universe divide
And when I reach the other side
I’ll find a place to rest my spirit if I can
Perhaps I may become a highwayman again
Or I may simply be a single drop of rain
But I will remain
And I’ll come back again, and again, and again
And again, and again, and again