Pinwheel of Death

Michael Martin Murphey


SONGS

Writers Michael Martin Murphey

Genres Country, Pop, Folk, Classic Country

Recorded 1985

Lyrics SHE CAME TO ME,
SAID SHE KNEW ME,
SAID SHE KNOWN ME A LONG TIME.
AND SHE SPOKE OF BEING IN LOVE
WITH EVERY MOUNTAIN SHE HAD CLIMBED.
AND SHE TALKED OF TRAILS SHE WALKED UP
FAR ABOVE THE TIMBER LINE,
FROM THAT NIGHT
I KNEW I'D WRITE A SONG
WITH CAROLINA IN THE PINES.

THERE'S A NEW MOON
ON THE FOURTEENTH,
FIRST QUARTER
THE TWENTY FIRST.
AND THE FULL MOON
IN THE LAST WEEK
BRINGS A FULLNESS
TO THIS EARTH.
THERE'S NO GUESSWORK
IN THE CLOCKWORK
OF THE WORLD'S HEART OR MIND,
THERE ARE NIGHTS I ONLY FEEL RIGHT
WITH CAROLINA IN THE PINES.

WHEN THE FROST SHOWS ON THE WINDOWS,
AND THE WOODSTALKS SMOKES AND GLOWS,
AS THE FIRE GLOWS
WE CAN WARM OURSELVES
WATCHING RAINBOWS IN THE COALS.

AND WE'LL TALK
OF TRAILS WE WALKED UP
FAR ABOVE THE TIMBER LINE,
THERE ARE NIGHTS
I ONLY FEEL RIGHT
WITH CAROLINA IN THE PINES.
Writers Michael Martin Murphey

Genres Rock, Country

Recorded 1973

Lyrics verse 1:
BURIAL GROUNDS
AND MERRY-GO-ROUNDS
ARE ALL THE SAME
TO ME
HORSES ON POSTS
AND KIDS
AND GHOSTS
ARE SPIRITS
WE OUGHT TO SET FREE.
THEM CITY SLICKER PICKERS
GOT A LOT OF SLICKER LICKS
THAN ME,
BUT RIDING THE RANGE
AND ACTING STRANGE
IS WHERE I WANT TO BE.

Chorus
I JUST WANT TO BE
A COSMIC COWBOY,
I JUST WANT TO
RIDE AND ROPE
AND HOOT,
I JUST WANT TO BE
A COSMIC COWBOY,
WANNA BE A SUPERNATURAL
COUNTRY ROCKIN'
GALOOT.

verse 2:
LONE STAR SIPPIN'
AND SKINNY DIPPIN'
AND STEEL GUITARS
AND STARS
ARE JUST AS GOOD
AS HOLLYWOOD
AND THEM BOOGIE-WOOGIE BARS.
GONNA BUY ME A VEST
AND HEAD OUT WEST
MY LITTLE WOMAN
AND MYSELF
WHEN WE COME TO TOWN
THEY'RE GONNA GATHER 'ROUND
AND MARVEL
AT MY LITTLE BABY'S HEALTH.

Chorus
I JUST WANT TO BE
A COSMIC COWBOY,
I JUST WANT TO
RIDE AND ROPE
AND HOOT,
I JUST WANT TO BE
A COSMIC COWBOY,
WANNA BE A SUPERNATURAL
COUNTRY ROCKIN'
GALOOT.

verse 3:

NOW BIG RACCOONS
AND HARVEST MOONS
KEEP ROLLIN'
THROUGH MY MIND,
HOME ON THE RANGE
WHERE THE ANTELOPE PLAY
IS VERY HARD TO FIND.
DON'T BURY ME
ON THE LONE PRAIRIE
I'D RATHER PLAY THERE LIVE,
I'M DOIN' MY BEST
TO KEEP MY LITTLE PONY
IN OVERDRIVE.

Chorus:
I JUST WANT TO BE
A COSMIC COWBOY,
I JUST WANT TO
RIDE AND ROPE
AND HOOT,
I JUST WANT TO BE
A COSMIC COWBOY,
WANNA BE A SUPERNATURAL
COUNTRY ROCKIN'
GALOOT.
Writers Michael Martin Murphey, Jim Ed Norman, Chick Rains

Genres Country, Pop, Ballad

Recorded 1984

Lyrics verse 1:
SHE USED TO HANG
ON EVERY WORD
THAT ROLLED OFF
MY SILVER TONGUE,
SHE BELIEVED
EVERY SINGLE LINE
IN EVERY SONG
I SUNG.
SHE THOUGHT
THAT I HUNG THE MOON
WHERE I COULD DO NO WRONG,
BUT I CHEATED
AND MISTREATED HER,
NOW LOOK
WHO'S HANGING ON:

Chorus:
DISENCHANTED,
SHE'S DISENCHANTED,
DISENCHANTED WITH ME.
DISENCHANTED,
I TOOK HER FOR GRANTED,
NOW SHE'S DISENCHANTED
WITH ME.

verse 2:
I DIDN'T CALL
WHEN I SAID I WOULD,
WHEN I STAYED LATE
AT NIGHT.
AND I WAS ALWAYS
THE LAST ONE
TO APOLOGIZE
ANYTIME WE HAD A FIGHT.
FORGOTTEN DAYS,
UNOPENED CHAMPAGNE,
THINGS I SHOULD HAVE SAID
I USED TO
REALLY TURN HER ON,
NOW I CAN'T
EVEN TURN HER HEAD.

Chorus:
DISENCHANTED,
SHE'S DISENCHANTED,
DISENCHANTED WITH ME.
DISENCHANTED,
I TOOK HER FOR GRANTED,
NOW SHE'S DISENCHANTED
WITH ME.
Writers Michael Martin Murphey

Genres Country, Pop, Ballad

Recorded 1983

Lyrics verse 1:
WHENEVER I TRUSTED MY THOUGHTS
OF LOVE BEFORE,
THEY ROSE LIKE WAVES
AND CRASHED UPON THE SHORE.
BUT NOW I'VE LEFT MY THINKING
FAR BEHIND,
HAD TO TRY TO LEARN
TO TRUST MY HEART
AND NOT MY MIND.

Chorus:
OH THE HEART NEVER LIES,
AND IN THE HEART
THERE IS NO COMPROMISE
IN THE HEART
THE VISION NEVER DIES,
OH, THE HEART NEVER LIES.

verse 2:
I THOUGHT LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
WAS JUST A SONG,
THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ONE NIGHT
BUT I WAS WRONG.
WHEN WE KISSED
IT LASTED A WHOLE LIFE LONG,
I THOUGHT I COULD RESIST
BUT IT WENT ON
AND ON AND ON.

Chorus:
OH THE HEART NEVER LIES,
AND IN THE HEART
THERE IS NO COMPROMISE.
IN THE HEART
THE VISION NEVER DIES,
OH, THE HEART NEVER LIES,
NO, THE HEART NEVER LIES.
Writers Michael Martin Murphey

Genres Country, Pop

Recorded 1995

Lyrics verse 1:
WE'VE BOTH BEEN BURNED,
WE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED,
WE SHOULD HAVE WALKED
RIGHT OUT THE DOOR.
THIS IS NOTHIN' NEW
FOR ME AND YOU,
WE'VE BOTH PLAYED THIS SCENE
BEFORE.
Chorus:
ON AND ON AND ON
THE MOVIE GOES,
ROMANCE IS A SHOW
THEY'LL NEVER CLOSE.
LOVE AFFAIRS,
WE'VE HAD OUR SHARES,
ARE WE A PAIR OF FOOLS?
SHOULD WE BREAK THE RULES
OR DO WE DARE
START ANOTHER
LOVE AFFAIR?
verse 2:
THOSE OLD LOVE SONGS
ALWAYS TURN OUT WRONG,
WITH LOVERS CRYING
IN THE NIGHT,
WE KNOW THEM WELL
BUT WHO CAN TELL
THIS TIME
IT JUST MIGHT
TURN OUT RIGHT.
Chorus:
ON AND ON AND ON
THE MOVIE GOES,
ROMANCE IS A SHOW
THEY'LL NEVER CLOSE.
LOVE AFFAIRS,
WE'VE HAD OUR SHARES,
ARE WE A PAIR OF FOOLS?
SHOULD WE BREAK THE RULES
OR DO WE DARE
START ANOTHER
LOVE AFFAIR?
Chorus tag:
SHOULD WE BREAK THE RULES
OR DO WE START
ANOTHER LOVE AFFAIR?
WELL, I DON'T CARE -
LET'S START
ANOTHER LOVE AFFAIR.
Writers Michael Martin Murphey, Jim Ed Norman, Chick Rains

Genres Country, Pop, Seasons

Recorded 1984

Lyrics verse 1:
I REMEMBER
A COUNTRY EVENING
WHEN THE SUN
WAS GOING DOWN,
SITTIN'
ON THE FRONT PORCH
LISTIN'
TO THE SOUNDS.
WHILE MAMA DID THE DISHES,
DADDY ROLLED A SMOKE
FROM A CAN
OF OLD PRINCE ALBERT,
HIS HANDS
AS STRONG AS OAK.
AND THE SOUNDS
OF THE GRAND OL' OPRY
CAME OUT OF RYMAN HALL,
ROY ACUFF PLAYED THE FIDDLE
AND SANG WABASH CANNONBALL,
HANK WILLIAMS WHISPERED
I SAW THE LIGHT,
AND PEOPLE EVERYWHERE
SAT LISTENING
IN THE NIGHT.
Chorus:
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
WE ALL CLOSED OUR EYES,
LISTENED TO THE BAND
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
WE ALL DREAMED
OF RADIO LAND.
verse 2:
THEN WOLFMAN JACK
CAME A HOWLIN'
FROM ACROSS
THE RIO GRAND,
LAYIN' DOWN THE SOUNDS
THAT ALL THE KIDS
COULD UNDERSTAND.
MAMA AND DADDY
WAS SLEEPIN',
BUT THE KIDS
WERE WIDE AWAKE
LISTENIN' TO BILL HALEY
RATTLE, ROLL,
AND SHAKE.
OL' JERRY LEE LEWIS
BANGED ON THE KEYS
AND SCREAMED
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE,
ELVIS CROONED OUT
DON'T BE CRUEL,
THE GIRLS SWOONED
WITH DESIRE.
Chorus:
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
WE ALL CLOSED OUR EYES,
LISTENED TO THE BAND
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
WE ALL DREAMED
OF RADIO LAND.
I REMEMBER
SUMMER EVENINGS,
LATE NIGHT
ROCK AND ROLL,
MILES AND MILES
OF HIGHWAY
WITH JUST MY RADIO.
I REMEMBER A NIGHT
WHEN IT FELT SO RIGHT,
A LOVER'S MOON ABOVE
AND THE SONGS
THEY WERE PLAYIN'
THE NIGHT WE FELL IN LOVE.
Chorus:
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
WE ALL CLOSED OUR EYES,
LISTENED TO THE BAND
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
WE ALL DREAMED
OF RADIO LAND.
WE BOTH CLOSED OUR EYES,
LISTENED TO THE BAND,
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
WE FELL IN LOVE
IN RADIO LAND.
Chorus:
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
WE ALL CLOSED OUR EYES,
LISTENED TO THE BAND
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
WE ALL DREAMED
OF RADIO LAND.
WE STILL CLOSE OUR EYES
AND LISTEN TO THE BAND,
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
OUT IN RADIO LAND,
WE STILL DREAM
IN RADIO LAND.
Alt. Title Rolling Nowhere

Writers Michael Martin Murphey

Genres Country, Bluegrass

Recorded 2010

Lyrics ROLLIN' NOWHERE,
FLASHING SIGNS,
PASSING SHADOWS,
BITTER WINE.
ROLLIN' NOWHERE,
NOW I FIND
MY HEART'S
A LONESOME LINE.
[verse 1]:
DOWN BY THE MUDDY RIVER
IN A JUNGLE
WITH NO NAME,
LET THE SMOKE
RISE FROM THE FIRE,
LET THE STORY
FAN THE FLAME,
IN A BURNING NEED
FOR ROLLIN',
'TIL THE WORLD
LOOKS ALL THE SAME,
ROLLIN' NOWHERE.
LET MY MIND
BE FREE OF QUESTIONS,
LET MY HEART
BE FREE OF FEARS,
LET MY EYES
SEE ONLY MOTION,
LET A DAY
BECOME A YEAR,
IN A BLUR
OF ROLLIN' NOWHERE
'TIL I'M WAY OUT
IN THE CLEAR,
ROLLIN' NOWHERE.
[Chorus]:
ROLLIN' NOWHERE,
FLASHING SIGNS,
PASSING SHADOWS,
BITTER WINE.
ROLLIN' NOWHERE,
NOW I FIND
MY HEART'S
A LONESOME LINE.
[verse 2]:
EVERY TRAMP
WILL SOON DISCOVER
WITH THE DAWNING
OF THE LIGHT,
YOU CAN'T STAY
IN THE MISSION
IF YOU DON'T KNOW
WRONG FROM RIGHT,
SO YOU KEEP ON
MOVIN' FASTER,
LEAVE YOUR CONSCIENCE
OUT OF SIGHT,
ROLLIN' NOWHERE.
A BARBER
CAN'T MAKE A LIVIN'
OFF A MAN
WHO WON'T BE SHAVED,
PREACHER
CAN'T MAKE A LIVIN'
OFF A MAN
WHO WON'T BE SAVED,
HE MIGHT ACCEPT YOUR WELFARE,
BUT HE'LL RUN RIGHT OVER
YOUR GRAVE,
ROLLIN' NOWHERE.
[Chorus]:
ROLLIN' NOWHERE,
FLASHING SIGNS,
PASSING SHADOWS,
BITTER WINE.
ROLLIN' NOWHERE,
NOW I FIND
MY HEART'S
A LONESOME LINE.
Writers Michael Martin Murphey

Genres Country

Recorded 1983

Lyrics verse 1:
I KNEW WHEN I MET YOU
SOMETHING WAS GOING TO HAPPEN,
MY LIFE WAS ALL UNBALANCED,
NOTHING HAD BEEN GOING RIGHT.
YOU SAID,
'WHAT'S A LONESOME COWBOY
LIKE YOU
DOING IN THE CITY?',
I SAID,
'I DON'T KNOW
BUT I GUESS
I'LL FIND OUT TONIGHT.'

Chorus:
STILL TAKING CHANCES,
TAKING CANDY FROM STRANGERS,
SPEEDING UP ON CURVES
IGNORING THE DANGERS,
FEEL LIKE A FOOL
LEARNING NEW DANCES,
IT KEEPS ME
ON MY TOES.
STILL TAKING CHANCES,
AIN'T SCARED OF WINNING,
SWINGING FOR THE BLEACHERS
IN THE NINTH INNING,
STILL TAKING CHANCES
BEFORE CHANCES
TAKE ME AWAY,
BEFORE CHANCES
TAKE ME AWAY.

verse 2:
MAYBE
I SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT OVER
WHEN YOU SAID,
'WILL YOU JOIN ME LATER?',
I SAID,
'HONEY, I DON'T KNOW
IF IT'S RIGHT,'
BUT WHEN YOU TURNED
AND WALKED DOWN THE STREET
I FOLLOWED,
I FELT
LIKE I WAS FOLLOWING
A TRUCKLOAD OF DYNAMITE.

Chorus:
STILL TAKING CHANCES,
TAKING CANDY FROM STRANGERS,
SPEEDING UP ON CURVES
IGNORING THE DANGERS,
FEEL LIKE A FOOL
LEARNING NEW DANCES,
IT KEEPS ME
ON MY TOES.
STILL TAKING CHANCES,
AIN'T SCARED OF WINNING,
SWINGING FOR THE BLEACHERS
IN THE NINTH INNING,
STILL TAKING CHANCES
BEFORE CHANCES
TAKE ME AWAY,
BEFORE CHANCES
TAKE ME AWAY.

Interlude:
BEEN THREE YEARS NOW
SINCE WE GOT TOGETHER,
YOU TOOK A CHANCE ON ME,
NOW I'M OUT HERE
TAKING CHANCES FOR YOU.

Chorus:
STILL TAKING CHANCES,
TAKING CANDY FROM STRANGERS,
SPEEDING UP ON CURVES
IGNORING THE DANGERS,
FEEL LIKE A FOOL
LEARNING NEW DANCES,
IT KEEPS ME
ON MY TOES.
STILL TAKING CHANCES,
AIN'T SCARED OF WINNING,
SWINGING FOR THE BLEACHERS
IN THE NINTH INNING,
STILL TAKING CHANCES
BEFORE CHANCES
TAKE ME AWAY,
BEFORE CHANCES
TAKE ME AWAY.
Alt. Title You're Talking To The Wrong Man

Writers Michael Martin Murphey, Ryan Murphey

Genres Country, Pop

Recorded 1988

Lyrics verse 1:
HEY DADDY,
I'VE GOT A PROBLEM,
LAST NIGHT
I TOOK MY GIRLFRIEND
FOR A RIDE,
AND THE WAY
SHE TOUCHED MY HAND, DAD,
I GOT THIS FUNNY FEELING
DEEP INSIDE.
SO I LEANED OVER
AND I KISSED HER,
I PUT MY ARMS AROUND HER
AND THEN,
WELL, SHE REACHED OUT
AND SHE SLAPPED ME,
SHE SAID,
'YOU'RE JUST LIKE
ALL THE OTHER MEN.'
Chorus:
SON,
YOU'RE TALKING TO THE WRONG MAN,
IF YOU WANNA KNOW
WHAT GIRLS ARE ALL ABOUT,
YOU'RE TALKING TO THE WRONG MAN,
STILL AIN'T GOT YOUR MAMA
FIGURED OUT.
verse 2:
BY THE WAY SON,
I'VE GOT A PROBLEM,
I WONDER
COULD YOU TALK WITH ME
A WHILE?
YOU SEE
LATELY YOUR MAMA
SHE IGNORES ME,
HARDLY EVER
GIVES ME A LITTLE SMILE.
SO I WAS THINKIN'
MAYBE YOU COULD SHOW ME
THE WAY
YOU YOUNGER FELLAS
COMB YOUR HAIR.
THINK I NEED
TO CHANGE MY STYLE, SON,
COULD YOU SHOW ME
SOMETHING REALLY COOL
TO WEAR?
Chorus:
DAD,
YOU'RE TALKING TO THE WRONG MAN,
IF YOU WANNA KNOW
WHAT GIRLS ARE ALL ABOUT,
YOU'RE TALKING TO THE WRONG MAN,
STILL AIN'T GOT MY GIRLFRIEND
FIGURED OUT.
verse 3:
SO I GUESS
WE'LL JUST GO FISHIN',
OR MAYBE HEAD OUT
TO THAT OLD GOLF COURSE
TODAY,
WHEN OUR BUDDIES
ASK US ABOUT WOMEN,
I THINK I KNOW
EXACTLY WHAT WE'LL SAY:
Chorus:
'BOYS,
YOU'RE TALKING TO THE WRONG MAN,
IF YOU WANNA KNOW
WHAT GIRLS ARE ALL ABOUT,
YOU'RE TALKING TO THE WRONG MAN,
STILL AIN'T GOT THEM WOMEN
FIGURED OUT,
STILL AIN'T GOT THEM WOMEN
FIGURED OUT.
Writers Michael Martin Murphey, Jim Ed Norman

Genres Rock, Country

Recorded 1986

Lyrics COME GATHER 'ROUND
MY FRIENDS,
TONIGHT OUR WAITING ENDS,
THE CLOUDS
RACE BY THE MOON,
AND MIDNIGHT'S
COMING SOON.
AND WE CAN NO LONGER
BE HELD DOWN,
BY THE WHEELS
WHO DEAL
IN THIS TIN HORN TOWN.
NO LONGER SLAVES
WHO WILL BEAR THEIR LOAD,
WE'LL TAKE WHAT'S OURS
AND WE'LL HIT THE ROAD,
TONIGHT WE RIDE,
TONIGHT WE RIDE.
TO OVERCOME THEIR LIES,
OUR LOYALTY
MUST NEVER DIE.
OUR HEARTS
MUST HOLD THIS TRUE,
TO DO
WHAT WE HAVE TO DO.
AND NOTHING
HOLDS US HERE
BUT OURSELVES,
WE MAKE HEAVENS
AND MAKE OUR HELLS.
WE CAN LIVE
IN A BETTER PLACE,
WE'LL RUN TONIGHT
AND WE'LL LEAVE NO TRACE,
TONIGHT WE RIDE,
TONIGHT WE RIDE.
AND NOW WE ALL MUST CHOOSE
TO RUN THIS RACE
ONE MORE TIME
OR LOSE,
TO STORM
THIS WALL OF TEARS,
THAT'S HELD OUR HEARTS
FOR YEARS,
TO FEEL THE WIND
AND THE CHILL
OF NIGHT,
TO BRAVE THE THRILL
OF THE DAWNING LIGHT,
CHASE THE SUN
DOWN INTO THE SEA,
SLEEP NO MORE
UNTIL WE ARE FREE,
TONIGHT WE RIDE,
TONIGHT WE RIDE.
Writers Don Cook, Michael Martin Murphey, Chick Rains

Genres Country, Pop

Recorded 1990

Lyrics verse 1:
STARIN' AT THE SOUTH END
OF NORTHBOUND CATTLE,
SLAVIN' IN THE SADDLE
ALL DAY,
YOU GOT TO BE
SOME KIND OF
NAT'RAL-BORN FOOL
TO WANT TO LIVE YOUR LIFE
THIS WAY.
WELL, IT CAN'T BE THE COOKIN'
IT SURE AIN'T THE MONEY,
THE DEVIL MADE THE HORSE
THAT I RIDE.
THE DAYS ARE TOO LONG
AND THE NIGHTS ARE TOO SHORT
AND THE BOSS
AIN'T NEVER SATISFIED.
Chorus:
SO WHAT AM I DOING HERE,
LORD?
WHAT AM I DOING HERE?
THERE'S GOT TO BE SOMETHING
BETTER OUT THERE,
SO WHAT AM I DOING HERE?
verse 2:
SOMETIMES I WONDER
IN THE LIGHTNING
AND THE THUNDER
IF A COWBOY'S EVEN GOT A PRAYER,
AND WHY'D YOU HAVE TO MAKE IT
SO HARD DOWN HERE,
WHEN THINGS ARE SO MUCH BETTER
UP THERE?
NOW, THE LORD CALLED HIS ANGELS
ALL AROUND THE THRONE,
SAID, 'BOYS,
I MUST BE WASTIN' MY TIME,
'CAUSE I THOUGHT
I GAVE THE COWBOY
A PRETTY GOOD LIFE
HE'S COMPLAININ'
TILL THE DAY HE DIES.'
Chorus:
SO WHAT AM I DOING HERE,
LORD?
WHAT AM I DOING HERE?
THERE'S GOT TO BE SOMETHING
BETTER OUT THERE,
SO WHAT AM I DOING HERE?
THERE'S GOT TO BE SOMETHING
BETTER OUT THERE,
SO WHAT AM I DOING HERE?