The Devil’s Shadow

The Devil’s Shadow

As a kid, you walked in the devil’s shadow,
And a dark cloud was over your name.
Your family tried their best to help you out,
But grief fell down around you like rain.

As a man, you walked in the devil’s shadow,
And that dark cloud grew over your name.
You learned to master the six-gun well,
Your actions have caused many people pain.

You seem to enjoy living in the devil’s shadow,
And stealing and killing is just a game.
Those who live by the sword will die by it.
When you die, you have yourself to blame.

I was once like you, following the devil’s shadow,
Drinking and taking the Lord’s name in vain.
But now I’ve changed and found an inner peace.
I live my life now without the Mark of Cain.

 

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The Long Way Back Home

The Long Way Back Home

His face was on posters all over the land.
With $2500 on his head, dead or alive,
Leonard” Yancey” Dare was a wanted man.
He once had a good woman who made
A good wife, and also had a son, but
Hadn’t seen both because of his guns.
He killed someone, broke the law
And more, and was living on the run.
Both Yancey and I were together in a
Bloody fight some call a Civil War,
Where there was a lot of killing, and
I don’t remember what we fought for.
Yancey was a person I called a friend,
But now I trailed him to the end.
There was a chance one of his bullets
Could have struck me dead, but the
Old tarnished star on my vest and
My guns were good enough to
Shoot the outlaw in the head.
I took him to where he called home,
And his son, upset, was not alone.
His son has since been all grown up,
Enough to start his own family.
He wondered why Yancey had to
Die so senselessly and violently.
I had to bring him to justice,
As it was my lawfully sworn duty.
I really didn’t want to kill him,
But his guns were pointing at me.
I wanted to bring him home,
The long way back for a final rest.
Yancey was a friend of mine, and
I thought this way was the best.
I tried to make his son, the only
Way I could, to understand that
Yancey was more than an outlaw.
He was a father, friend, and a man.
I was only doing the best I could.
I looked at his son, sitting in
The corner, with a tear in his eye.
I put Yancey’s guns on the table,
And walked away with a “Good-Bye.”

 

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Proposal

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Proposal

After many nights of being alone,
With a place for my hat as home,
I saw my best friend shot dead.
Maybe my gunfighter’s life has to end.

Then I thought of coming back to you,
Even last time I thought we’d be through.
I found out, now, you married someone,
And also have a fine 12-year-old son.

Your man had to protect his pride, and
The price he paid was a bullet and died.
Now I can be a role model to your son,
A former gunfighter without a gun.

That boy of yours can learn from me,
And the resemblance is easy to see.
I left you after a fight 12 years ago.
Is there something I need to know?

We could get married and be a family,
And I know your love will set me free.
I’ve carried my love for you for so long,
Like a woman loved in a cowboy trail song.

Maybe a man with my kind of past
Isn’t the person who‘d make love last.
There could be trouble if I would stay
Since challengers would come my way.

My proposal is not just another line.
You can save me from a life of crime.
What are you feeling in your heart?
It can be a place to have a new start.

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