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James McMurtry — No More Buffalo (live)
Album: Live In Aught-Three
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Released: 2004
Length: 6:05
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I guess we knew the cards were stacked
Started out the best of friends
And we beat that highway 'til it quit beating back
It didn't mean much in the end
Some you win, some you lose, some you throw away

We headed South across those Colorado plains
Just as empty as the day
We looked around at all we saw and all we'd hoped to see
Looking out through the bugs on the windshield
Somebody said to me

No more buffalo, blue skies or open road
No more rodeo, no more noise
Take this Cadillac park it out in back
Mama's calling, put away the toys

Don't chase that carrot 'til it makes you sick
What do you think you're gonna prove
Just let it dangle 'til it falls off that stick
That's when you make your move

Don't go chasing after shooting stars
Trying to make yourself a name
You could joust at windmills with that old Fender guitar
Probably do about the same

No more buffalo, blue skies or open road
No more rodeo for this old boy
Take my Cadillac park it out in back
Mama's calling, put away the toys

I never thought they'd ever doubt my words
I guess they were just too tired to care
I'd point to the horizon, to the dust of the herds
Still hovering in the air
Somebody said it ain't any such
Man you wish so hard you're scaring me

'Cause those are combines kicking up that dust
But you can see what you want to see
And go on chasing after what used to be there
Top that rise and face the pain
But man they were here, they were here I swear
Not just these bleaching bones, stretching across the plain

No more buffalo, blue skies or open road
No more rodeo for this old boy
Take my Cadillac park it out in back
Mama's calling, put away the toys

No more buffalo, blue skies or open road
No more rock and roll 'cause we all know that
Take my Cadillac park it out in back
Mama's calling, put away the toys
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 exjunkie wrote:
Like this. He has shades of Bruce Cockburn and Lou Reed.
 
Definitely a western man, and gal's, Bruce Cockburn or Lou Reed.  Sitting astride a horse squinting thru the dribble of smoke coming off his hand-rolled cigarette, at the sun setting in the west on all that he has ever loved.. 

Times come.  Times go.  You live your life on the in-between.  And once it's done it's done.  There is no going back.

So it goes.

Highlow
American Net'Zen
Like this. He has shades of Bruce Cockburn and Lou Reed.
Saw the man (and the band) at TargheeFest a week ago.  Great show.  Love his music -- and he played this tune.
Troubadour 
 LPCity wrote:
Recorded at the now long gone Zephyr Club in Salt Lake City.

 
Spent many a day (night?) there in my younger days!

That place rocked.  And supposedly they had an excellent sound board — hence the recording. 
 
Recorded at the now long gone Zephyr Club in Salt Lake City.
Can't wait to see James in Flagstaff tomorrow. One of the best of our time for sure.
Great song!
 TerryS wrote:
Don't Bogus that joint my friend, seems just fine to me.
Never seen this guy live, btw, is he worth watching?

 
YES
excellent
 
Zzzzzz.  I can mentally see the man cleaning the bar room floor as the night draws drearily to a close.   So actually an atmospheric track for a place and time I've never been in.
This song was playing in the background of many good times...
Somebody said it ain't any such
Man you wish so hard you're scaring me
As good as Levelland and I enjoy them both.
it's a beauty  : )    9
 easmann wrote:

Segue. SEGUE! Wait, BillG, do you actually have a Segway? Well, if you do, I'll bet it IS nice. : )

 
A Segway in Paradise would be as appropriate as a camel caravan in Times Square. Now watch...Bill will reply that Paradise is awash in Segways...can't swing a dead cat and so on.
Don't Bogus that joint my friend, seems just fine to me.
Never seen this guy live, btw, is he worth watching?
just happened, bogus dude
 ColdMiser wrote:
I've noticed that everytime this song comes on the sound kicks out about a quarter of the way in. Seeing the comments below I suspect the file is corrupt on Bill's end.

 
There were a series of problems with this file.  Should be OK now.
I've noticed that everytime this song comes on the sound kicks out about a quarter of the way in. Seeing the comments below I suspect the file is corrupt on Bill's end.
Same here. RP has no audio now. Wish it had been that problem for Talking Heads...
 timmus wrote:
Is Radio Paradise down?  The audio channels are dead.

EDIT: Never mind, it came back up.

 
Seems to have happened again, maybe its a corrupt file. To bad I like James McMuurtry
Is Radio Paradise down?  The audio channels are dead.

EDIT: Never mind, it came back up.
Was reminding me of Bruce Coburn and there he was, Bruce, right after. Guess I'm not the only one. Nice segway Bill.
Amazing storyteller and performer...