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Often asked for at gigs (particularly by women!), this is the first time I've recorded this song with a band. Spot the 'country' concertina.


You come around here in your chaps and your old fashioned clothes
Stinking of beer, but your smile is still sweet I suppose
Since you left town and I grew to be strong
I’ve got bread on the table and a place to belong
And I won’t give it up for some old-time song
If that’s what you’re asking of me

‘Cos I’m too old to be following cowboys down dusty old tracks that don’t lead anywhere
Too young to settle for memories of what used to be
So please don’t ask me to ride by your side
Or watch the sun set at the edge of the sky
‘Cos it’s too hard to kiss you and wave you goodbye when you leave

He thinks of her often, like when he’s watching the swallows nest
And when the moon rises as bright as her eyes he loves her the best
When the owls start calling and there’s snow on the barn
He thinks of the last time she lay in his arms
“A little adventure won’t do any harm so why won’t you come out with me?”

It’s true that I’ve wondered just what I did with my travelling shoes
And some kinds of freedom can leave a heart bleeding and bruised
So pick up your hat, get your boots off the floor,
I don’t need to gamble on your love anymore
‘cos if your planning on keeping one foot out the door it looks more like losing to me

So ride when you’re restless, sleep when you’re done,
Live by your own rules, die by the gun,
Drink when you’re thirsty and love just for fun
But don’t think you're counting on me

© Jennifer Crook 2010


from Black Fly EP, released February 22, 2010


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