Almost Gone

(Brian Hendrix)

My girlfriend will not be pleased I posted this here. It's her favorite song of mine that I've written. It's a western-style song, about a charlatan, a con artist, living in the old west before modernity settled in during the early 1900s. This guy runs his scams as a preacher, using saloon girls, to outright robbery, and realizes that the "west" he knows is almost gone. I really enjoy this song. Out of all I've ever written, it's my #2 favorite song. I don't want anyone else to have it, but it's time...

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I ply my trade from town to town Helpin’ all who are sinnin’ Curing everything that ails And tryin’ to hide out from the brigands Got some gold in the wagon They don’t need to know about Hiding shotguns in the cabin Leave at night, go further south And I might be in Tombstone by the morning… (Chorus) Oh, dusty roads, those westward trails Saddle up your fastest horse, it’s time to ride Those dancing girls, they never fail Hitch up to your post and walk inside Have a drink on me, let’s sing a song It won’t be long The west is almost gone Saw a man hanged down in Dodge He weren’t bad but stole a pony And his final words still haunt me “Betty, you’re my one and only” And they chased me up through Deadwood Thought I conned some 49ers Like when Bill fired o’er his wife Thought that I had been inside her But XXX XXX XXXXXX XXXX XXXXX X XXX XX XXXXXX XXXXXXXX XX XXXXXXX XXX XXXXXXXX XXXX X XXXX XX XX XXXXXX XXXX XXX XXX XXX XXXX XX XXXX XX XXX XXX XX XXXXXXXX XXX XX XXXXX XXX XXXX XXXXX XXXX XXX XX XXXX XXXX XX XX XXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX XXX XX XXXX XX XXXXXX X XXXXXX XXX XXXXXXXX XXX XXX XXXXX XXXXXXXX XX XXX XXXXXX XXX XXX XXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX

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