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One mornin’ I rode west
Toward cool El Dorado
To the back country mountains
Their meadows of green
I was lookin’ for somethin’
The old ones had spoke of
The hard-scrabble farmers
Never wanted to see

At dusk near the foothills
And weary from ridin’
I lay down to sleep off
The hard travelin’ day
When a stranger rode up
On a horse he called Midnight
From the hood of his cloak
These words he did say:

Don’t stay out in the storm tonight
Don’t stay out in the storm
She sent me here for to warn
Don’t stay out in the storm

I rode in the night
With the moonlight to guide me
To the porch of a stone house
Where a young woman spun
In a moonlit shawl
With a yellow-eyed tomcat
Her honey-sweet voice
Said my ridin’ was done

I followed her in
As the storm clouds broke open
Rain poured down
And the moon disappeared
My horse stomped and whinnied
To give me a warnin’
But her soul-meltin’ voice
Was all that I heard:

Don’t ride out in the storm tonight
Don’t ride out in the storm
Chop my wood and keep me warm
Don’t ride out in the storm

Held in the spell
Of this comely young vision
Blue-eyed beauty
With the raven black hair
She led me downstairs
To a lantern lit room
Where six tired cowboys
Dozed in their chairs

Join them, won’t you
They’ll show you your room
Come back and sit down and dine to your fill
Then come to my bed
I’ll be waitin’ there for you
I need your warm body to take off my chill

Six sleepin’ cowboys
Had nothin’ to tell me
That her sweet voice was evil
I knew I could prove
I so hated that I loved it
I ran up the stairs
But she sang again
And I could not move

I ate and I drank
Till my head hit the table
Soft as upon a pillow we lie
When I awoke
We were nothin’ but skeletons
But I could still move
As if I were alive

I jumped up and jangled
And I liked the sound
Of the hollow tunes played
By my body in flight
I flew up and danced
And I clattered and clittered
Freed from the flesh
And my fear of the night

Soon the noise woke up
The other six cowboys
Turned into bones
By the beautiful bride
We’re dead, they all said
But I showed they were wrong
If you’re dead ya can’t say so -
Let’s saddle up and ride

They knew I was right and
We rose up as one
And galloped away
From our fresh-made graves
Seven ghost riders
Went up through the night sky
On seven bone steeds
O’er the ocean’s gray waves

We follow the west wind
That blows to the coast
Where we ride ev‘ry day
And we’ll ride ever more
In the wind and the rain
And the maddest of weather
El Dorado cowboys
In the mist on the shore

We’ll ride out in the storm tonight
We’ll ride out in the storm
Ridin’ hard will keep us warm
We’ll ride out in the storm
One mornin’ I rode west to cool El Dorado...


from Playing With Fire, released November 1, 2009
Cole Tate - vocals, guitar
Gailene Elliott - backing vocals
Bruce Kurnow - harmonica
Gus Garelick - fiddle, mandolin
Blair Hardman - bass guitar


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