Rocky Mountain High: Live on KRFC

by Amy Annelle

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I'll pack my grip for a farewell trip kiss Suzy Jane goodbye at the fountain I'm goin' says I to the land of the sky way out on the mountain where the wild sheep grow and the buffalo low and the squirrels are so many you can't count them and I'll make love to some turtledove away out on the mountain oh leee oh lay hey hey hey... when the north winds blow and we're gonna have snow and the rain and the hail comes a-bouncin' I'll wrap myself in a grizzly bear coat away out on the mountain where the snakes are vile and the zebras wild and the beavers paddle with walkin' canes I'll patch my boot with a buffalo hide way out on the mountain where the whip-poor-will sings me to sleep at night and the eagles roost on the Rocks of Spontane I'll feast on the meat and the honey so sweet away out on the mountain
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all through the ages you kept your songbirds in cages but when you set one free another song, it comes to be and oh, how you long for the liquor of her song the trouble ain't the hangin' it's when you tie the rope too long the muses coo and whisper they come to sing a song through you beside you rides a sister the muse is singin' through her too but you mistook, oh you mistook a sister for sycophant sycophants in circles 'round you, what more could a body want? oh, oh, oh I know hang me oh hang me I'll be dead and gone hang me oh hang me I'll be dead and gone oh, the trouble ain't the hangin' it's when you tie the rope too long
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songbird in a gilded cage he'd prefer the blue how I crave the liquor of his song poor bird who has done no harm what harm could he do? he shall be my prisoner his life long my songbird wants his freedom now don't you think I know? but I can't find it in myself to let my songbird go no I can't let him go oh love, when your jeweler's eye peers into my soul oh, I am overcome with shame take me love, and purify heal me with the word I beg a gift I dare not claim my songbird wants his freedom now don't you think I know? but I can't find it in myself to let my songbird go no I can't let him go
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his mama don't like me no, his papa don't like me neither and to tell you the truth I don't much like them either he's a good enough man and he'd rather I stick around than leave him he tells me he love me and most of the time I believe him I've given up hoping that the man of my dreams I will find yeah, the one that I got ain't the marryin' kind don't send for no preacher don't make no ballyhoo about the cottage in the valley where I'll spend my life with you 'cause I ain't no fool what's that you say, baby? he said, I don't say 'I do' that don't mean that I don't love you just that all I've been through I don't have a clue no diamond ring on my finger no wedding bells are ringing for me no, no, no common law marriage no diamond ring on my finger no wedding bells are ringing for me no, no, no...
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how many arms have held you and hated to let you go? I wonder how many I wonder but I really don't want to know how many lips have kissed you and set your heart aglow? I wonder how many I wonder but I really don't want to know so always make me wonder always make me guess and even if I ask you oh darling don't confess let it remain our secret cause darling I love you so no wonder no wonder I wonder but I really don't want to know no I really don't want to know
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I heard you sing in tongues of silver heard you cry on a summer storm I loved you but you did not know it so I don't think about you anymore now you're gone I can't believe it I don't think about you anymore if three and four were seven only where would that leave one and two? if love can be and still be lonely where does that leave me and you? time there was and time there will be where does that leave me and you? if I had a buckskin stallion I'd tame him down and I'd ride away and if I had a flying schooner sail into the light of day if I had your love forever sail into the light of day pretty songs and pretty places places that I've never seen pretty songs and pretty faces tell me what their laughter means some look like they'll cry forever tell me what their laughter means if I had a buckskin stallion I'd tame him down and I'd ride away and if I had a golden galleon I'd sail into the light of day if I had your love forever sail into the light of day
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the bird, oh he go lightly but sometimes, a bird get lonely oh, the birdie, does the birdie birdie need some company? I know you got a big cock cause your girlfriend's got a big mouth and I hear you'll be headed down south by way of the High Desert Flyway and I'll fly with you for a while, old friend and know that this is no end, but a lifetime of, "hello again, again" hello again, hello again, my friend low again, low again, old friend I know you could do better if you and I were together but I ain't no homewrecker no, I ain't gonna wreck no home when I'm tryin' to build my own yes, everybody needs a home, a home and someday, I'll have you in mine "maybe tomorrow, honey, someplace down the line" so fly with me for a while, old friend and know that this is no end, but a lifetime of, "hello again, again" hello again, hello again my friend low again, low again, old friend dear friend. the bird, oh he go lightly but sometimes, a bird get lonely oh the birdie, does the birdie birdie need some company?
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house of cards stones & sticks hit a wall made of bricks now here I lie too tired to fight anymore trouble fill my days trouble pave the way how do you bear your cross? how do you pay? how do you pay? I wouldn't let you help me if you were the last man on earth, see my troubles are so many that I cannot see them through and if you start to pullin' one it pulls on all the others, son and soon I will become undone so please just let me be the road that I took was the long one many times I seen it fade to black so what if it was the wrong one? only one thing I know for sure is that you can't go back don't go back I wouldn't let you help me if you were the last man on earth, see my troubles are so many that I cannot see them through and if you start to pullin' one it pulls on all the others, son and soon I will become undone so please just let me please just let me be oh let me be oh just let me be
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back through the years I go wandering once again back to the seasons of my youth and I recall a box of rags that someone gave us and how my mama put those rags to use there were rags of many colors and every piece was small and I didn't have a coat and it was way down in the fall mama sewed the rags together sewing every piece with love she made a coat of many colors i was so proud of and while she sewed she told a story from the bible she had read about a coat of many colors Joseph wore and then she said "I hope this coat will bring you good luck and happiness" and I just couldn't wait to wear it mama blessed it with a kiss my coat of many colors that my mama made for me made only from rags but I wore it so proudly oh it's true we had no money but I was rich as I could be in my coat of many colors mama made for me so with patches on my britches and holes in both my shoes in my coat of many colors I hurried off to school just to find the others laughing and making fun of me in my coat of many colors mama made for me and I just couldn't understand that cause I thought I was rich and I told them of the love my mama sewed in every stitch then I told them all the stories mama told me as she sewed and why my coat of many colors was worth more than all their fancy clothes but they didn't understand it though I tried to make the see one only is poor only if you choose to be oh it's true we had no money but I was rich as I could be in my coat of many colors mama made for me just for me
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Belle Star, Belle Star tell me where have you gone? since old Oklahoma's Sand Hills you did roam eight outlaws they say knew your bitter refrain Bandit Queen, Terror of the Plains Cole Younger was your first and the father of your girl sweet Rosie Lee but you called her Pearl Cole did twenty for robbery went free on parole Pearl Starr did life in an Arkansas bordello 'tis said that you loved William Clarke Quantrill that bushwhacker struck from the Missouri hills he burned Lawrence, Kansas so much blood was spilled that when he rode out two hundred laid killed you took Jim Reed to your warm wedding bed and from out of your love was born the boy Ed a friend shot old Jim by the dark of the moon and Ed was cut down in a drunken saloon your Cherokee lover Sam Starr was his name wed you in the Sandhills before your great fame I heard he stopped a bullet in 18 and 85 so you married his brother the young Jim July then there was Bob Younger you loved him well he rode with the James boys down the outlaw trail the holdup in Northfield (Minnesota) didn't go so well and he died of TB in a Stillwater jail cell They that you could have they whisper you might have loved Frank James on a couple of nights in WInston, Missouri he robbed the Rock Island Line many died by his hand but he never did time they say that it could be they say maybe so that you loved Jesse James that desperado he married Zerelda although she was kin a Ford Brothers' gunshot is what did him in Belle Star Belle Star your time's gettin' late but what of Jim Younger? did you hear his fate? Jailed and paroled despite all he'd done blowed his own brains out in nineteen-and-one Belle Star Belle Star met a terrible end a shotgun blast to the back down at Younger's Bend eight outlaws they say knew your bitter refrain Bandit Queen, Terror of the Plains Bandit Queen, Terror of the Plains

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live performance & interview on KRFC Fort Collins.

"Annelle has taken her music on the road since 1999, captivating audiences with her distinctive otherworldly vocals. This is no ordinary folk singer. She has an instinct for remaining true to roots music while taking it into a different dimension, echoing in the memory long after she’s stopped playing"--Laurie Gallardo, Texas Music Matters

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released July 12, 2010

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Amy Annelle Austin, Texas

A prolific writer and interpreter of songs, Amy Annelle maps out the farther reaches of American music, while conjuring visions of our restless musical past. Over the course of ten albums & thousands of miles logged on the road, Annelle has cultivated a rarified voice and repertoire that "blooms with open-hearted, lustful vulnerability and a harrowing naturalistic solitude”(Crawdaddy). ... more

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