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The Cowboy's Last Song (An Ode to Ecclesiastes)

from Old Standbys by Joe Brownrigg

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Around a campfire
Where we both sat
Me and the old man
In his cowboy hat
I could see the lifetime
He wore it on his face
And we got to talkin'
The lines did fade

He said
"All my life, I've been wastin' time
In search of moments I would never find
And I held my heart, but I saved my tongue
For songs of rising and for setting suns

I once had dreams, but now I got none
Man, I once believed, ya when I was young
That I could catch the wind in the palm of my hand
So I went chasin' it
Around and 'round again

Now the Lord will take me far away from here
And he won't come callin'
I'll just disappear
Maybe I'll be homeward, I'll be homeward bound
To the place I come from
That I've not yet found."

And in his last song that he sang to me
That old song of wisdom
Whistlin' on the breeze
Now when I hear wind blow, I hear his melodies
From around a campfire

The old cowboy and me.

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from Old Standbys, released June 7, 2020

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