Dust And Wind: Flatland Murder Ballads And High Plains Hymns

by Charlie Stout

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One scorching summer afternoon I drove from Lubbock, Texas to the abandoned First Presbyterian Church in Taiban, New Mexico carrying a guitar, a gallon of water, an 8-track recorder, and a suitcase full of microphones and cables. I plugged in all my gear, tuned my guitar, and hung a blanket from a boom stand to shield my guitar mics from the relentless desert wind.

I pressed record and began to play.

I give you Dust & Wind: Flatland Murder Ballads and High Plains Hymns.

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released July 4, 2016

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Charlie Stout Lubbock, Texas

A native of West Virginia, now a resident of West Texas, Charlie Stout draws on experience as a photographer and filmmaker to write cinematic lyrics of life and death on the New American Frontier.

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Track Name: I See Stars
Five hundred golden pieces and a shoulder full of lead
A worn out horse between my feet, a pounding in my head
Gotta make it to the border, Lord this ain’t no place to die
On the river’s northern shore, underneath a Texas sky

I see stars
I see ocotillo blowing in the wind
Feel the breathing of my pony, I know we’ve reached the end
Hear the hoofbeats in the distance and the shouts of angry men
The rangers may surround me but they’ll never take me in

My shoulder burns like hell fire, this horse too tired to ride
I kick and curse and dig the spurs up hard against his side
He’s screaming like a banshee, running fast as he can go
From the posse trying to catch me to the land of Mexico

I see stars
I see ocotillo blowing in the wind
Feel the breathing of my pony, I know we’ve reached the end
Hear the hoofbeats in the distance and the shouts of angry men
The rangers may surround me but they’ll never take me in

My horse he gives up running, we fall hard upon the dirt
The rangers aim their shotguns at the pocket on my shirt
I reach slow for my revolver, the captain tips his hat
I kiss the sacred cylinder, I draw the hammer back

I see stars
I see ocotillo blowing in the wind
Feel the breathing of my pony, I know we’ve reached the end
Hear the hoofbeats in the distance and the shouts of angry men
The rangers may surround me but they’ll never take me in

The rangers may surround me but they’ll never take me in
The angels, they surround me
Mother Mary, take me in
Track Name: The Years That Go By
I’m the innocent glance, I’m the ghost of a chance
I’m the wink and the smile when you asked her to dance
I’m the heat in the touch when your fingertips brush
From her back to her waist, I’m the look on her face

I’m the desperate estrangement of woman and man
I’m the twisted arrangment of flowers and plans
She catches you looking her square in the eye
I’m the days and the months and the years that go by

I’m interpretation, the grand rationale
I’m the great complication you conjure somehow
I’m the dark distant dream in the back of your head
I’m the vision of freedom you see in her bed

I’m the boots on your feet in the heat of the fire
I’m the truth you repeat to feel less like a liar
She catches you looking her square in the eye
I’m the days and the months and the years that go by

I’m the shadows thrown long by the light of the moon
I’m the monster that haunts her cold side of the room
I’m the nothing response that you swear every time
When what thousand yard stare betrays me on your mind

I’m the last to lie down and the first to awake
I’m the sights and the sounds and the curse you can’t shake
She catches you looking her square in the eye
I’m the days and the months and the years that go by
Track Name: The Hanging
Heaven wasn't meant for men like me
Heaven wasn't meant for men like me
You can follow in my footsteps, you won't find no golden streets
Heaven wasn't meant for men like me

I'm thirty two years old and bound to die
I'm thirty two years old and bound to die
There's thirteen coils around the loop through which my neck is tied
I'm thirty two years old and bound to die

There's teardrops falling on the witness stand
There's teardrops falling ont he witness stand
And a widowed bride recalling how I shot her loving man
There's teardrops falling ont he witness stand

Cause I shot a man to take for me his wife
I shot a man to take for me his wife
He was coughing blood and praying God above to save his life
I shot a man to take for me his wife

I heard the people cheering when I fell
I heard the people cheering when I fell
I screamed and kicked my feet against the burning flames of hell
I heard the people cheering when I fell

Cause Heaven wasn't meant for men like me
No, Heaven wasn't meant for men like me
You can follow in my footsteps, you won't find no golden streets
Heaven wasn't meant for men like me
Track Name: Resurrection Day
Some nights I can't remember
Some nights I can't forget
There is nothing to defend here
Only bitterness, betrayal and regret

I hope to keep believing
I hope to keep the faith
I hope I will see you again
Come resurrection day

That's an awful lot of blood up there
For just one man to lose
And a whole wide world of sins to bear
Between the heathens and the gentiles and the jews

Now the sun is darkened by the moon
I can feel the whole earth shake
And the dead are rising from the tomb
Proclaiming resurrection day

Some nights I can't remember
Some nights I can't forget
There is nothing to defend here
Only bitterness, betrayal and regret

I hope you keep believing
I hope you keep the faith
I hope I will see you again
Come resurrection day
Come resurrection day
Track Name: Say Goodbye
Say goodbye to the oceans
Say goodbye to the seas
Say goodbye to the stars up in the sky
Now close your eyes and say goodbye to your dreams

Say goodbye to your family
Say goodbye to your friends
Say goodbye to the road you thought rolled on forever
It stops- the party ends

Say goodbye to life
Say goodbye to liberty
Say goodbye to the endless quest for happiness
You tried your best now say goodbye to me

Say goodbye to heaven
Say goodbye to God above
Say goodbye to every threat you though you recognized
Now close your eyes and say goodbye to love

Say goodbye to every prophet you had crucified
Now close your eyes and say goodbye to love
Track Name: Set Your Eyes On Things Below
Heard you praying for forgiveness on my way outta town
Smoke was getting thicker, you were hanging upside down
From the seatbelt, dealing, trying to spare your skin
Get me out of this I swear I'll never do it again

I offered my assistance, you were slow to oblige
So I’m not the Holy Spirit but I got here in time
You don’t gotta sell to me, just don’t give it to Him
You nodded in agreement so I jumped right in

Tore the door off the hinges and I set you free
The fire in the engine touched the gasoline
I pointed to the wreckage burning out of control
Whispered, set your eyes on things below
Set your eyes on things below

We were wandering the desert when we met the first time
Wild animals and angels, forty days and forty nights
He was high up on a tower, I said, throw yourself down
If you’ve really got the power then you’ll never touch the ground

Make food out of these stones, have a little bread to eat
Hell, I’ll give you everything I own if you just bow your head to me
He called me by my first name, He ordered me away
Said, I’ll catch up with you and Judas, we’ll do this another day

He was hanging from a cross when I saw Him again
Said, it’s really such a loss man, we could have been friends
You drew a decent crowd and you put on a solid show
Now set your eyes on things below
Set your eyes on things below

You can call it temptation, you can call it a sin
Took a chance to take my place among the heavens again
If I can’t have that, I’ll have the next best thing
Make you set your eyes on things below
Track Name: Greater Than Gold (First Draft)
There's a man on the corner, cellphone in hand
Building his house in the stock market sand
And the end of the evening he lays down to rest
Dissatisfied though he gave it his best

There's a girl on the corner in leather and heels
I ain't far removed from the way she feels
She leans in the windows of slow moving cars
We lead different lives, we wear the same scars

And the rains they fall on the good and the bad
And the things we obtain make us wish that we had
What remains to be taken, do we not know
That we're bought with a price far greater than gold

There's a man on the corner, bible in hand
He's screaming at demons, he's promising land
And there's something about him I just can't ignore
Are you born, do you live, do you die, is there anything more

And the rains they fall on the good and the bad
And the things we obtain make us wish that we had
What remains to be taken, do we not know
That we're bought with a price far greater than gold
Track Name: Sinner's Prayer
Jesus Christ, I lost my way again
I'm out of whiskey, cigarettes and friends
I used to be an island, now I'm drowning in my sin
Jesus Christ, I lost my way again

Jesus Christ, I lost the one I love
I never knew the pain could hurt this much
If You don't plan to heal me, would you come and be my crutch
Jesus Christ, I lost the one I love

Jesus Christ, I lost my will to fight
I pray the lord my soul to take tonight
If I should die before i wake, would You please turn out the light
Jesus Christ, I lost my will to fight

Jesus Christ, I lost my way again
I'm stranded and a storm is closing in
It's growing dark around me and it's growing dark within
Jesus Christ, I lost my way again
Jesus Christ, I lost my way again
Jesus Christ, I lost
Your way again