The cowboy song

from by Henry Sparks

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The cowboy song

Hope and dreams the rain washed down
Love it seems is dust on the wind
I’m losing the trace in that empty sound
I’m running away from my heart

I turn my face on the old pale hills
Turn my back on the sun
To have and to hold for good or ill
The sand slips through your fingers then you’re done

Chorus: I am the lonesome cowboy on the prairie of your heart
I ride through the canyons all alone
I will ride that way forever or until I grow old
Or until you say you love me
Or until the grass turns to gold

One day the rose I saw it from the street
Some way I lost you the thread of my days
I’ve wandered this land of dust and heat
The towers of desolation in the haze


Sky come down and bury me in the ground
Horizon is the trick the dead can pass
Calling and calling don’t you be long
This dream of angels shall last


I’m hanging from the wire of heartbreak and desire
Turning slowly in the wind
In the dead quiet valley the horse turns away
The world has nothing to say
The world has nothing to say
The grass is turning to gold
The grass is turning to gold

Lap-steel & Pedal-steel: Alan Cook. Vocal: Sue Hudson.
Bass: Jef Reynolds. Guitar & Vocal: Henry Sparks.

Henry Sparks © 2014


from Latest Waxing, released August 2, 2016
Thanks to the musicians who worked on the 'Latest Waxing' project: Catriona Bryce, Chris Burn, Alan Cook, Sue Hudson, Anthony Johnson, Alan Prosser, Jef Reynolds, and Julie Walkington.



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Henry Sparks Canterbury, UK

HENRY SPARKS lives in England, plays guitar, writes and sings songs.
His music is informed by experience as a farm hand, pizza slinger, carpenter, architect and lecturer.
 Folk - English and American - and a fascination with song-writing have driven his playing and creativity. He now makes music locally with Canterbury legends The Country Counts, and plays in or out at any opportunity. ... more

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