Guy Clark - "Desperados Waiting for a Train"


Desperados Waiting for a Train

I'd play the Red River Valley
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And he would sit out in the kitchen and cry,
And run his fingers through 70 years of living,
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And wonder Lord has ever well I've drilled run dry?
We were friends me and this old man,

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Like Desperado's waiting for a train
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Like Desperado's waiting for a train

He's a drifter and a driller of oil wells
And an old school man of the world
He let me drive his car when he's too drunk to
And he'd wink and give me money for the girls
And our lives were like some old western movie


From the time that I could walk he'd take me with him
To a bar called the green frog cafe
and there were old men with beer guts and domino's
Lying out thier lives as they played
And I was just a kid they called his sidekick


One day I looked up and he's pushin 80
With brown tobaco stains all down his chin
to me he's one of the heroes of this country
so why's he all dressed up like them old men
Drinkin beer and playin moon and 42,


the day before he died I went to see him
I was grown and he was almost grown
so we just closed our eyes and dreamed us up a kitchen
and sang another verse to that ol song
come on jack