Sticks and Stones

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lyrics

sticks and stones and the old dry bones
and your picture in my locket
saints and sinners and the pickers and the grinners
and a jack knife in his pocket
she’s waiting for her man at the side of the road
he’s waiting for the old blue van to explode
holding up the freight with an old .38
but she can’t figure out how to cock it

there’s smoke from the well and it’s coming from hell
and the station bell’s a-ringing
when the sun went down, they slept on the ground
while the nooses did their swinging
they ran from the cops through the back of the store
both of their bodies mighty sore
doing their best just to make it out west
where the black flies do their stinging

on the dusty floor of an old blue Ford
there’s a blanket and a pillow
they counted their haul, smoking menthol
in all, about a half a kilo
with the dogs out hunting for the couple of thieves
they loaded up the van with bags of morphine
hiding in the river with a mighty great shiver
underneath the old grey willow

when the dogs closed in, they were both pretty thin
with a shot of midnight oil
they smoked their hash and the rest of the stash,
with nothing left to boil
he held her close as tight as he could
spectres waiting at the edge of the wood
they found them cold in their old bed roll
with blood as thick as soil

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from Smoke from the Well, released March 1, 2016

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