The Last Gunfighter Ballad

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The old gunfighter on the porch
Stares into the sun
And relives the days
Of living by the gun
When living was mistakes not made
And deadly games of pride were played
And the thought of the smell
of the black powder smoke
Stand in the street at the turn of a joke
Oh, the smell of the black powder smoke
And the stand in the street
at the turn of a joke

And it’s always keep your back to the sun
He can almost feel the weight of the gun
It’s faster than snakes or the blink of an eye
Time for all slow men to die
His eyes get squinty,
his fingers twitch
He empties his gun at the son-of-a-bitch
And he’s hit by the smell
of the black powder smoke
Stand in the street at the turn of a joke
Oh, the smell of the black powder smoke
And the stand in the street
at the turn of a joke

Now the burn of a bullet is only a scar
And he’s back in his chair
at the front of the bar
And the streets are empty
and the blood’s all dried
Dead are dust, whiskey’s inside
So buy him a drink, lend him an ear
He’s nobody’s fool and the only one here
Who remembers the smell
of the black powder smoke
Stand in the street at the turn of a joke
Oh, the smell of the black powder smoke
And the stand in the street
at the turn of a joke

Now he’s just an old man that no one believes
Says he’s a gunfighter, the last of his breed
And there’s ghosts in the streets,
seeking revenge
And turning him out to the lunatic fringe
Now he’s out in the traffic, checking the sun
He’s hit by a car as he goes for his gun

So much for the smell
of the black powder smoke
Stand in the street at the turn of a joke
Oh, the smell of the black powder smoke
And the stand in the street
at the turn of a joke

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from From the Stillhouse, released June 16, 2015

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Bloodgrass music. Murder Murder performs murder ballads exclusively. Bluegrass gets into a bar fight with outlaw country, and no-one walks out alive.

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