El Gacho

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Im a gambler’s son
And the only one
Saw him spend his father’s luck
On a high ball and a flush

This sad city shakes
Troops marching double pace
The red of blood and flag
Stream through air and grates

A tyrant chews his cigar
A country’s soul goes dark
There were things my father gambled
The rest we lost to the war

I heard the shots
That bled patriots
Such a disgrace
So Im leaving, honey

The only girl I truly loved
She flew that flag above
House and family
So she couldn’t come with me

Ive done my time

To America I came
No stop at the baggage claim
Cause when you’re starting over
You don’t bring many things

Married a blond-haired girl
Two boys, Two girls
Made a home outside the city
Even if she never loved me

And when it fell apart
I packed up the car
Another 30 years
And I’m back at the start

So I hit the road
Not sure where to go,
But Ive been here before
And the Sun’s still shining on…

Ive done my time

Just an old man now
Remembering troubles and regret
Like leafing through novelette

Looking back at me
Mounted on a mighty steed
El Gacho and some boyhood dreams

Wandering free
Happiest I’ ever be
But now im almost 83

I hope there might be more for me
Cause Ive done my time.



from Artifacts, released February 29, 2016
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