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One Bad Dude (the cowboy and the witch)


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A short time ago, a bunch of us were joking around on the chat line late at night when thetiler came on with the post: "Snow, will you listen to something before I post it?"
"Sure"
Within minutes, I was sitting in my den, jaw dropped, listening to one of the most incredible tunes I'd ever heard. Images literally raced through my mind and it didn't take long before Dadai and I were posting lines and impressions left, right and centre. I logged off shortly thereafter and as the sun was coming up the next morning, I had a story to go with T's music.
I sent it to him that afternoon, essentially just for fun, but his reply was "you should post this."
So, here you are, a slightly different take on the cowboy genre, imagry-inspired by thetiler and perhaps just a touch of Pale Rider. Granted, the vocals are a bit rough but much of it was improv. So, I opted for spontenaity rather than polish. Thanks for the ride, T.
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One Bad Dude (the cowboy and the witch)
Music by thetiler
Lyrics by snowdragon


Early morning, sun still low, buckled gunbelt, ready to go.
Set out cross the desert and the Texas sand, headed for a bayou in Lousian.
He knows he needs forgivin' but he don't know how. Only one person gonna save him now
He's killed many people and he's done it well, but when he shot the preacher — he bought a ticket to hell.

A man named Quantrill taught him how to kill, 40 men fallen and he's had his fill.
He's gotta find the witch woman, have her make it right
Ahead is the bayou, gonna be a long night
He'd heard the stories when he was a child, 'bout a dark woman livin' in the wild.
She could lay curses, maybe raise the dead, he's hopin' she can lift the burden from his head.

Gets down from his horse and then he sets it free, spooks a gator, then two or three.
His spurs don't jangle all caked in mud, his hands grow sweaty, there's a taste of blood.
Over in the distance is a tattered shack, too late for thinkin', there's no turnin' back.
Witch woman's rockin' by her own front door, 20 snakes a-crawlin' and maybe more.
"I know why yer comin'," she says with a grin. "Think I can help you, won't you please come in.
"I know you're sorry, I've a spell for that." He almost tripped over an old black cat.
"Killin' a preacher's a nasty deed, but I got somethin', just what you need."
She slit the belly of a long, black snake, let the blood drip on a corn meal cake.
Then she spun around, tapped her heel three times, crushed up some polk salad and some vines.

She chanted some words he couldn't understand, bones started dancin' at her command.
Outside the window was a lightnin' flash, "now we add bourbon — just a dash."
She mixed it all together, with the Cajun wine, it had a foul odour, anything but fine.
Handed it to him in a mason jar, "that's it mister, there you are . . .
"Drink it."

As soon as he downed it, he felt his head spin, knew in a second the trouble he was in.
Tried to reach his revolver but the hand wouldn't move, couldn't do nothin' if she disapproved.
His sight was fading but he caught her stare, stark and cold almost nothing there.
"You don't have much but it will have to do," she said, "it won't be long before the devil takes you
"I know what brought you here for my advice but we never talked money, never fixed a price.
"So I guess I'll settle for what's left of your life, oh did I forget to mention?

"I was the preacher's wife."
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Comments: 16
Fans: 4
Plays: 306
Downloads: 163
Votes: 15
Uploaded: Jun 11, 2005 - 12:29:45 PM
Last Updated: Jun 11, 2005 - 09:15:07 AM Last Played: Apr 26, 2015 - 12:58:23 PM
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Comments
thetiler said 4398 days ago (June 11th, 2005)
what a writer! Thanks for adding your version!
I like the pause and then "Drink it".
Nice use of silence.
Nice hook at the end!

Thanks for supplying this entertainment!


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snowdragon said 4398 days ago (June 12th, 2005)
what a writer! Thanks for adding your version!
Thanks for supplying the basis for an incredible creative experience. Never
before have I had words flow out like that. Thanks again T.

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Joanna said 4398 days ago (June 11th, 2005)
Fantastic!
Great job, Snowy! A really interesting story, very engaging,
had a great kicker and, like Tiler, I loved the read on
"Drink it". Perfect. This was a blast to listen to -- thank
you!
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snowdragon said 4398 days ago (June 12th, 2005)
Fantastic!
thanks Joanna. As we were discussing the other night, it was really cool to
know others felt similar inspirations from tiler's tune. The "drink it" line just
came out. Didn't plan it, didn't even think about it. Sometimes it works, I
guess.
thanks again.

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jiguma said 4398 days ago (June 12th, 2005)
Even better!
Loved thetiler's original instrumental - you did a brilliant
job of squeezing a great set of words into that. The whole
story and vocals were brilliant.

Thanks to you both for sharing this!
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snowdragon said 4398 days ago (June 12th, 2005)
Even better!
Thanks jiguma. It really was one of those rare instances where the words
almost write themselves.

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mandolinquent said 4398 days ago (June 12th, 2005)
Lovely dark storytelling...
Great addition to a stellar performance.
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snowdragon said 4398 days ago (June 12th, 2005)
Lovely dark storytelling...
heh, heh, heh . . . love the dark.

Thanks mando

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ledebutant said 4397 days ago (June 12th, 2005)
Go Team!
Talk about a perfect match of lyrics to music. I love the specificity of detail here: the blood dripping on the corn meal cake, the mason jar, the spurs that don't jangle.

Of course, having such a great piece of music to work with helps. You really did it justice.

I'm curious to know what preset you used for the vocal. It sounded just a little glossy for the song and I wonder if "Live Performance" would make it a little grittier (of course, you may have already used, LP, in which case I'll have to go stick my head in a bag).

Great work from both of you.
snowdragon said 4397 days ago (June 12th, 2005)
Go Team!
Thanks ledeb, so cool to hear someone picking up on the little details.

The vocal track is doubled with one panned slightly each way. The left is the
male basic preset and the right is pop vocals. I actually did try the live
performance but opted for the pop vocals because the flange on it lent an
ethereal feel that I kinda liked. But you're right, the cost was lack of grit and
added a touch of gloss. Probably should have cut the reverb back on the right
channel but hadn't really noticed til you pointed it out. Thanks again.

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said 4396 days ago (June 13th, 2005)
the cowboy poet....
Snow, my dragon, you nailed this one. The lyrics
and the guitar are a match made in heaven (or is it
hell?). This is kind of Yeates meets Eastwood? I
will mention also the incredible detail of the lyrics...
the specificity of the narrative paints a moving
picture as the song proceeds.
Somehow the idea of you up all night writing this
and finishing just as the sun peeks up over the
horizon is a real nice side story to these lyrics. I
needed to be written during the night.

Jack
snowdragon said 4394 days ago (June 15th, 2005)
the cowboy poet....
Thank you Dadai. Nice to hear people are noticing the little details. But I'm
getting too old for these all-nighters.

cheers pal
snow

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syko said 4392 days ago (June 18th, 2005)
Awesome Lyrics
The lyrics are awesome. As already mentioned, the twist at the end was great. All 10s from me.
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snowdragon said 4385 days ago (June 24th, 2005)
Awesome Lyrics
Thank you syko. Very nice to hear. Much of the credit goes to tiler's inspiring
music.

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Check out my latest song called Nightmares
said 4381 days ago (June 28th, 2005)
awesome
song, great music and lyrics.
much fun to listen to.

cheers
eddiewagner said 4249 days ago (November 7th, 2005)
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now that is some serious ambientish celticish slideplaying. like it a lot.
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