Deadly Ever After

The Writing Adventures of The Undead Duo–Julie Hutchings and Kristen Strassel

Songs: The Ultimate Short Stories

Today’s Brew: It’s too late for coffee and anyway, my Keurig is officially in need of a hospital visit. So I’m drinking water and eating Smartfood. I’d like to point out that Smartfood and laptops don’t mix, but it doesn’t stop me.

I’d pretty much ignored short story writing since my creative writing class in college. I had enjoyed writing quick, quirky scenarios. Once I finished Immortal Dilemma, I joined a couple of writers groups to get to know other writers and work on my craft. One of the groups has a monthly short story contest that I started participating in. I forgot how fun short stories can be! It’s a fast payoff for the writer and the reader. Everyone wins.

One thing I’ve never ignored is music. I always have my ipod at the ready for my long commutes to work. I marvel at how someone can put together a piece of music. That is something I have absolutely no aptitude in. Not only can they create a language the whole world understands with one instrument, they can layer it with four, five…fifty if need be. Amazing.

The art of the well written lyric isn’t dead, either. Even though there are so many manufactured plastic pop princesses spewing crap, there are just as many amazing songwriters we should actually be paying attention to. One song that tells a complete story is Toby Keith’s Bullets In The Gun. You may not like country, you may not like westerns, but you can’t argue that Toby manages to paint a vivid picture for us in just a few minutes, complete with a chorus! (lyrics from elyrics.net)

They used to call me lightening
I was always quick to strike
Had everything I own
In the saddles on my back

I had a reputation
For never stayin’ very long
Just like a wild and restless drifter
Like a cowboy in a song

I met a dark haired beauty
Where they laid the whiskey down
In southern Arizona
In a little border town

She had to dance for money
In that dusty old saloon
I dropped a dollar in the jukebox
Played that girl a tune, yeah

Never see it comin’
It just hits you by surprise
It’s that cold place in your soul
And that fire in her eyes

That makes you come together
Like wild horses when they run
Now the cards are on the table
And the bullets in the gun, yeah

She was sittin’ on my lap
We still had shots to kill
When a man pulled up who owned the bar
In a Cadillac Deville

Grabbed her by her raven hair
And threw her in the floor
Said no free rides for the cowboys
That ain’t what I pay you for, no

She jumped up and grabbed my pistol
Stuck it in the fat man’s back
Said open up the safe
And put your money in the sack

Tied his hands behind him
And put a blindfold on his eyes
If you’re dumb enough to chase us, man
You’re dumb enough to die
[ From : http://www.elyrics.net/read/t/toby-keith-lyrics/bullets-in-the-gun-lyrics.html ]

Never see it comin’
It just hits you by surprise
It’s that cold place in your soul
That fire in her eyes

That makes you come together
Like wild horses when they run
Now the cards are on the table
And the bullets in the gun

We rode across the border
Down into Mexico
When you’re runnin’ from the law
Ain’t that where everybody goes?

We came to a town
With a name I couldn’t spell
She gave me what I came for
In that Mexican motel

I woke up to sirens
And the sound of runnin’ feet
There were 50 Federales
Locked and loaded in the street

She grabbed my 44
I grabbed the money in the sack
She kissed me for the last time
And we headed out the back

Every gun was on us
And every heartbeat poundin’
There’s only one thing left to do
When they got you all surrounded

She fired that old pistol
But we didn’t stand a prayer
Money hit the gravel
Bullets filled the air, yeah

Never see it comin’
It just hits you by surprise
It’s that cold place in your soul
And that fire in her eyes

That makes you come together
Like wild horses when they run
Now the cards are on my table
And bullets in the gun

Bullets in the gun
Bullets in the gun
Bullets in the gun

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6 thoughts on “Songs: The Ultimate Short Stories

  1. Not a big fan of most modern country music, but I do like Toby Keith. This song’s lyrics seem a lot like Robert Earl Keen Jr.’s “The Road Goes On Forever.”

  2. Hi Primo!

    I’ve never heard “The Road Goes on Forever” but I will have to check it out. I still think there is some raw artistry in country music, although it’s the new industry cash cow. I feel like Kenny Chesney is the worst offender in the formula song writing category. They’re all the same, with different words. I find myself leaning more towards classic rock and indie artists these days because I just hate the assembly line crap we’ve been fed. That being said, I do love me some Toby!

    Kristen

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