Cowboy Sky

by Janie Christensen

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“Café sign off Interstate 15 north of Barstow” photo by Ed Fuentes (viewfromaloft.typepad.com). Used by permission. Graphics by Janie Christensen.

lyrics

1 - I was driving down the Interstate
Listening to the radio
Some preacher was yelling, Gotta find your way home.
Well I must have made a wrong turn
I guess my mind must have drifted
‘Cause I wound up here by these rocks and bones.

CHO #1 - Someone said things just haven’t been the same
Since they put in the new roads
And the only ones we get are either lost or tired.
Since I’m here anyway
I’ll just roll out my sleeping bag
And go to sleep under the cowboy sky.

2 - It was way after midnight
I heard the coyotes
Howling in the darkness to the hills beyond.
I went back to sleep thinking
I was a coyote
And I knew all the words to every cowboy song.

CHO #2 - Someone said things just haven’t been the same
Since they put in the highways
And the only ones that come here now are lost or tired.
Since I’m here anyway
I’ll just make a little campfire
And go to sleep under the cowboy sky.

Bridge - Well the next thing that I knew
A ragged wind was blowing
And a barbecue sign was flashing in my eyes
I was thinking, Where’s the coffee
Which way to New York City
While the hands of the angels painted the sky.

3 - It was high time to be going
I was about to hit the road again
When I saw a brown lizard and I looked him in the eye.
He said, Listen to the wind blow,
Always keep your dreams alive
And go east on 40 till you get to 95.

CHO - Repeat first chorus

… And go to sleep under the cowboy sky
… And sleep out here under this great big sky.

credits

released September 10, 2012
Janie Christensen . . . vocals, rhythm guitar, words & music
Angelo Ficara . . . slide guitar, bass, synth programming, old pie plate & Revere Ware percussion

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