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COWBOY AND THE POET (FASTER HORSES) (Tom T. Hall) Bobby Bare - 1975 Tom T. Hall - 1975 He was an old time cowboy, don't you understand His eyes were sharp as razor blades, his face was leather tan His toes were pointed inward from a-hangin' on a horse He was an old philosopher of course He was so thin, I swear you could have used him for a whip He had to drink a beer to keep his britches on his hips I knew I had to ask him about the mysteries of life He spit between his boots and he replied Faster horses, younger women, older whiskey, more money He smiled and all his teeth were covered with tobacco stains He said it don't do men no good to pray for peace and rain Peace and rain is just a way to say prosperity And buffalo chips is all it means to me So I told him I was a poet, I was looking for the truth I do not care for horses ,whiskey, women or the loot I said I was a writer and my soul was all on fire He looked at me and said you are a liar It's faster horses, younger women, older whiskey, more money Well, I was disillusioned, if I say the least I grabbed him by the collar and I jerked him to his feet And there was somethin' cold and shiny laying by my head So I started to believe the things he said Well, my poet days are over and I'm back to being me As I enjoy the peace and comfort of reality If my boy ever asks me what it is that I have learned I think that I will readily affirm Son, it's faster horses, younger women, older whiskey, more money Faster horses, younger women, older whiskey, more money Faster horses, younger women, older whiskey, more money (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - April 2012)

    


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