Downhill Sunset Lyrics page

Track Listing

  1. The Biscuit Rides Again
  2. Drag You Down
  3. Westbound Train
  4. Wonders of Nature
  5. Angel Fire Honeymoon (Instrumental)
  6. Maple Sugar Morning
  7. Kickin' Around (Instrumental)
  8. Gone to Me
  9. Gilded Cage Calypso (Instrumental)
  10. Bitter Mirage
  11. Down the Road
  12. No Regrets (Instrumental)
  13. Dead in Durango
  14. Sirius Solstice (Instrumental)
  15. Downhill Sunset


The Biscuit Rides Again

(Long)

There's something inside of me that just won't quit
That strains at the reins and tightens the bit
That looks the competition in the eye
Then takes their measure and speeds on by.

My hero is a little brown horse
With knobby knees, uncouth and coarse
An ugly runt with a giant's soul
Who never stopped running till he reached his goal.

(chorus)
The Biscuit is back on a blazing track
With the ghost of Pollard on his back
You can bring on the challengers from miles around
Just saddle him up and he'll run 'em down.

Nobody ever gave me a break
All I ever got, was what I could take
No one ever called me a work of art
No one ever said I was handsome or smart

But you can hammer away with both your fists
You can throw me into a bottomless pit
You can stomp and kick me till your shoes don't fit
But you'll never ever make me quit

(repeat chorus)

Sweet are the uses of adversity
All the twists and turns our our destiny
Are there for a reason and the reason is this:
To make us strong and make us fit

So when the going is tough and you come up lame
When you're in the rough and you're off your game
When the boss is gruff and the pace is insane
Just say "The Biscuit rides again!"

(repeat chorus)


Drag You Down

(Mishler-Purdum)

The passage of time
Can scare away all reason and rhyme
The way that life goes
If I were you, I'd want to know
The way that things are going with me
I think I've lived too long bein' free

A friend turns a page
It can really make you feel your own age
And when you look back
It's an easy way to get off track
'Cause then you find you're flying blind
And the past can drag you down from behind

Don't let the past drag you down from behind
Keep the here and now in the front of your mind
Turn the next corner, never know what you'll find
Don't let the past drag you down from behind

If you dwell on the past
You might feel that nothing can last
That the moments you share
Can't and won't always be there
But that just doesn't have to be true
I was born to come through for you

Don't let the past drag you down from behind
Keep the here and now in the front of your mind
Turn the next corner, never know what you'll find
Don't let the past drag you down from behind

Don't let the past drag you down from behind
Keep the here and now in the front of your mind
Turn the next corner, never know what you'll find
Don't let the past drag you down from behind
Don't let the past drag you down from behind
Don't let the past drag you down from behind


Westbound Train

(Braly-Mishler)

Westbound train, Charleston station
Steamin' on through the Cherokee nation

Mail-order bride on the rail
A pretty, pretty face for sale
Didn't know just where she was bound
But she was cool; she'd been around

Westbound train, Birmingham station
Steamin' on through the Chickasaw nation

He dreamed of a love to save him
The ad said her skin was fair
The face of an orphan angel
Green eyes, golden-red hair

Westbound train, Cimarron station
Steamin' on through the Navajo nation

She met a wild Jack in the club car
A gambler in black hat and gloves
Farmer saw her light on the platform
His eyes were blinded with love


Wonders of Nature

(Mishler)

A long, long stand of yellow pines
Bright against a turquoise sky
Rocky crags, gigantic spires
Views that stretch for miles and miles

Side by side on a buckboard ride
Groom-to-be is full of pride
Canyons as far as the eye can see
Did you make them just for me?

Haulin' off to the justice o' the peace
Speak now or forever hold your grief
Two hands join on a family Bible
Tremb'a'lin' kiss after saying "I do"

Red rocks bordered by purple sage
Sculpture formed in another age
Pastures glow in sun-drenched green
Did you make them just for me?

Wonders of nature surely abound
Look where the mountains meet the ground
Galloping hooves and a thundering groan
They say wild horses can't be owned

Pretty new bride is the talk of the town
Wagon wheels turn round and round
A buckboard buggy is the way they roll
To Angel Fire, New Mexico


Maple Sugar Morning

(Mishler-Braly)

Burst of sunrise
High in the sky
A mountaintop's by
The cold brings a tear to his eye

Shadows cast long
Warmth at last comes
Dew is soon gone
His bride sings her kitchen song

Maple sugar morning
A sweeter life than he'd ever known
But sometimes he's uncertain
If his homestead is really her home

Afternoons come
New Mexico sun
Two horses run
She's taken to the dappled one

Western land falls
Sundowns last long
Day's work is done
She reaches out her sweet arms

Sometimes when he sees her
And she doesn't know he's looking her way
She looks like a stranger
Still, she's the light of his nights and days


Gone to Me

(Mishler)

You grabbed the hair on the back of my head in your fist
I swear to God that I had never been kissed
Like that before
You threw open your door

You held my hand like you'd never let go
We talked for hours till I thought you'd know
We'd learn the score
Not be alone anymore

You were gone to me
Gone to me
We were ridin' free
You were gone to me

You looked in my eyes like you'd seen a new way
The next thing I knew you had nothin' to say
You said you trusted me
Then turned your back on me

You hurt me so bad I could hardly breathe
A false-hearted lover is worse than a thief
You brought me to my knees
Went for a man of means

Now you're gone to me
Gone to me
I had to let you be
'Cause now you're gone to me


Bitter Mirage

(Purdum-Braly)

Should I follow what I think or feel?
Thought and emotion are so at odds?
What am I seeing? Is this all real?
Or is it just a bitter mirage?

Why are some people all alone
In a big crowd or at home?
Is that how it has to be?
Is that the only way for me?

Oh, I'm trying to understand
What is life without love here?
And I'm wondering if it's all planned
Or did I make it disappear?

Why are some people all alone
In a big crowd or at home?
Is that how it has to be?
Is that the only way for me?


Down the Road

(Braly)

When my time comes, that's it I'm done
Take me on down the road.
Tell me straight, don't hesitate
Take me on down the road.
When the feeling's right, I'll say goodnight
Take me on down the road.
I paid my debts, I've got no regrets
Take me on down the road.

I did my best, it's time to rest
Take me on down the road.
Give me a sign, and I'll be fine
Take me on down the road.
I'll catch the wind, remember where I've been
Take me on down the road.
My time here, was very dear
Take me on down the road.

For the years we knew, I'm thanking you
Take me on down the road.
Lost and found is where I'm bound
Take me on down the road.
This life was sweet, someday we'll meet
Later on down the road.
Don't cry for me, someday I'll see you
Later on down the road.

Take me on down the road.
Take me on down the road.
Take me on down the road.


Dead in Durango

(Mishler-Braly)

Fate brings a change
So far from home on the range
Taos to the trail
Between Purgatory and hell

South Colorado, Durango's the name
A town where killin's just part of the game
Queen of Diamonds got two men on a string
One of them thinkin' he's the next big thing

Turn of a card
Can keep a poker face starin' hard
Ace up a sleeve
Can be the fastest thing that you've never seen

Stakes get higher when a beauty's involved
Three hearts in a tangle; will it ever be solved?
Is the burnout at the bar what he seems to be?
Black Jack Chance is holdin' aces and queens.

Dusk sky is ablaze
As the chorus girls take the stage
Jack buys a round
Suspectin' somebody's gonna throw down

Straggler in the corner puts his hand on his gun
Look's like Black Jack's last setting sun
But his Derringer pops; he saw him draw in the mirror
That'll trump a drunken shot fired in fear

Dusty old hat
Flops off; tramp lands flat on his back
Blood drains his life
Says he only came to save his wife

Speaks his last words from the barroom floor
"Come back to the farm, dear. He's made you a whore."
Queen holds her husband's newly bearded face
"Sorry, but I had to get outta that place"

Spades full of dirt
Bury that pilgrim's hurt
God on his side
But Chance was ag'in him that night

In satin sheets, the queen breathes a sigh
Tells her Jack a farmer wasn't her kinda guy
A lingering kiss and she lets him in
One man loses what another man wins


Downhill Sunset

(Mishler)

Downhill sunset
Can't believe the colors in the sky
Swirling cauldron
Orange and red, a burnin' lake of fire
Flaming canvas
Painting seen from nature's perfect perch
Low horizon
Seems like we're on the highest spot on Earth

Downslope vantage
Vista gives a longer life to the day
Rocky Mountains
Comin' down off a trip to Santa Fe
Downhill sunset
Doesn't mean the day ain't gonna die
Downhill sunset
When you're lookin' west the quarter moon's a smile


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