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Stampede
(Chris LeDoux)

We made camp along Red River
Watched the cattle as they bedded down
Back at the wagons right after supper
Spread our bedrolls on the ground
And me and Willie we took the night guard
And the sage never smelled so sweet
The prairie moon was blazin' silver
No chance tonight for a stampede

Way over yonder off in the distance
Towards the mountains there in the west
Did I see lightnin' did I hear thunder
The mind is weary I could use some rest
Then all at once the wind shifts directions
The clouds roll in behind the tumbleweeds
Those longhorn cattle are gettin' restless
God help us all if they stampede

Smell the rain hear the thunder
The midnight sky turns black as death
The lightnin' crashes smell the sulphur
It's rank and strong as Satan's breath
The cattle rise up and go to runnin'
I spur my pony on and take the lead
And across the herd I can hear Willie yellin'
"Hey Stampede!"

Dust clouds rise as the rain falls
They mix together turn the air to mud
I feel the longhorns brush against me
I can feel the demons racing through my blood
Then all at once my pony stumbles
We hit the ground I rise up to my knees
In a flash of light I can see the cattle comin'
Lord I know I'm gonna die in this stampede

Then I awake and I look around me
I'm in my bedroll and I'm layin' on the ground
Over there's the wagon and there's the campfire
I was only dreamin' what's that sound
And I feel the earth tremble underneath me
As the midnight sky begins to bleed
And from the blackness I can hear Willie yellin'
"Hey Stampede!"

 

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