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DOC WALTZ: Music

Drifter and The Angel (Live)

(Doc Waltz, 2008, ASCAP)
November 29, 2008
Music and Lyrics by Doc Waltz
The true story (by most accounts) of how Doc's maternal grandparents met. It was the California home of these folks that is the subject of "Homewood Days." This is a live version featured on "Country Sampler." A studio version is planned for future release.
He was a drifter, out lookin’ for work,
She lived in town with her pa.
Through a window of the Baptist church,
Fate came to call.

Now he had planned to raise a fuss,
On that early Sunday morn.
Bring some mischief to the worship service,
With his guns.

But as he sat there, saddled on his horse,
Peering through that window pane,
She caught his ear with her angelic voice,
That seemed to say,

(CHORUS)
Cowboy quit your foolish ways and please,
Leave your guns outside.
There’s so much more than dusty trails to breathe,
And don’t you know,
Life’s a long ride.

He wasn’t much for sett’lin’ down,
But there was one thing to be sure,
If he wasn’t already leavin’ town,
He’d marry her.

But this poor cowboy was one of the worst,
He had drunk his fill by noon.
The way out of town was on the back of his horse,
Through the saloon.

The Town Marshal turned out to be her pa,
As jails go…… his was okay,
She brought him breakfast shortly after dawn,
And seemed to say.

(CHORUS)
Cowboy quit your foolish ways and please,
Leave your horse and guns outside.
There’s so much more than dusty trails to breathe,
And don’t you know,
Life’s a long ride.

They got married in December ’09,
Guymon County, Oklahoma.
Traveled through Texas and in time.....
California.

She left this world December ‘66,
Almost 57 years to the day,
He stood beside me proud and transfixed,
Then turned to say,

(CHORUS)
Cowboy don’t take up no foolish ways,
Leave your horse and guns outside.
Take time to listen to what angels say,
Cuz, don’t you know,
Life’s a long ride.

He was a drifter out lookin’ for work,
She lived in town with her pa.

Originally written 2005

© Robert L. Waltz, 2008
Waltz Songs, ASCAP