Lightnin' Strikin' a Barbed Wire Fence

from by An American Forrest

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I used to disappear in half a breath
born with an outlaw’s taste for death
they said “you ever hear a whistle that wasn’t blowin’ lonesome?”

I’m just lightnin’ strikin’ a barbed-wire fence
rain on the mesa, all the junipers dance corralled in sage & constance
Cañoncito callin’ me somethin I ain’t like lightnin’ strikin’ a barbed wire fence
I been up all night waitin’ to work
the radio’s fadin’ the coffee’s burnt
you ever see Orion wear a cloak of stars?
 yippee-aye-o-yippee aye—aw
Stranded in the sandhills I tried to make sense dust in my eyes, the sun tryin’ to set
Herradera I’m unbranded & Unbranded I will stay like lightnin’ strikin a barbed wire fence
seven thousand miles nearer to God
yippee aye oh, yippee aye aw
you ever seen lightnin’ two-step to thunder’s call?
 you ever seen Orion wear a cloak of stars?
yippe aye oh, yippee aye aw
moonblind, maybe I still got a chance days’ eyes are openin’ openin’ again when I go, I wanna go down fast
like lightnin’ strikin a barbed wire fence


from Rosas y Mesteños, released March 27, 2016



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An American Forrest is a western american storyteller and guitar picker from the conifer forests of Western Washington and Northern Idaho.


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