WILD BILL

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WILD BILL
donald mccrea
©2014 mechanical arts/ bmi

I LEFT A WIFE BACK IN ST. LOUIS.
LEFT THOSE CREATURE COMFORTS BEHIND.
RODE A STAGECOACH ACROSS THE PRAIRIE,
OUT TO DEADWOOD TO SEE WHAT I COULD FIND.

THEY’RE DIGGIN’ GOLD OUT OF THESE BLACK HILLS.
THERE’S GOLD IN THIS ROUGH AND TUMBLE TOWN.
AND WHEN THESE FOOLS AND THAT GOLD ARE PARTED,
I’LL BE HOLDIN’ ALL THE CARDS WHEN THAT DEAL GOES DOWN.

MY NAME IS JAMES, AND I CAN’T BE TAMED.
IF YOU CROSS ME, I WILL SHOOT TO KILL.
I’M A RAMBLER AND A GAMBLER.
I WAS GENERAL CUSTER’S SCOUT.
AND MOST FOLKS KNOW ME AS WILD BILL.
WILD BILL.

I DRINK MY WHISKEY WITH MY LEFT HAND,
ALWAYS KEEP MY RIGHT HAND FREE.
SIT WITH MY BACK AGAINST THE WALL,
DON’T WANT ANYONE SNEAKIN’ UP ON ME.

WHEN PLAYIN’ YOUR HAND IN THE WORLD OF MAN,
BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU’RE TEMPTING FATE.
UP AGAINST A FULL HOUSE, A WILD CARD MIGHT WIN OUT,
AND YOU’RE LEFT HOLDING ACES AND EIGHTS.

MY NAME IS JAMES, THAT’S HOW IT REMAINS
ON THE STONE UP ON BOOT HILL.
I WAS A UNION SOLDIER, I WAS SHERIFF OF ABILENE,
AND MOST FOLKS KNOW ME AS WILD BILL.
WILD BILL.

I LEFT A GRIEVING WIDOW IN ST. LOUIS,
AND I LEFT THIS LEGEND BEHIND.
NOW EVERYTHING’S CHANGED, AND ALL THAT REMAINS
IS MY STORY UP ON THIS SIGN.

MY NAME WAS JAMES, I WAS A FRIEND OF CALAMITY JANE’S,
BACK WHEN THE ONLY LAW WAS THE STRENGTH OF A MAN’S WILL.
I WAS A QUIET MAN WITH A SURE AND STEADY HAND,
AND MOST FOLKS KNEW ME AS WILD BILL.

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from MIGRATION, released March 15, 2014
DONALD McCREA ©2014 MECHANICAL ARTS/bmi

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DONALD McCREA San Francisco, California

DONALD McCREA is a San Francisco
songwriter, photographer, and author.

MIGRATION explores America
through music and photography.

new tracks and 14 VIDEOS are now online at:
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the book that emerged from this project:
"MIGRATION / lost and found in america",
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