The Ballad of Jim and Mabel

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summerside Jim's got a pistol in his pocket and his eye on the matches on the table.
loose ends hangin' from his trigger finger, sparks and smoke from his boots on the floor.
mabel's wearin' jeans, heartbreak machine, and she'd come up with a plan
since he'd been involved in a barroom brawl, and wound up killin' a Texas man

they'd been hidin' out in Arizona least two weeks since the incident
and she'd done a good bit of homework while he was sweating the swing at the pen
'cause the law was on his heels and both of 'em knew that the blood was on his hands
but she would deliver him unto his freedom if he could help her carry out her plan

but its a long road to Mexico
under the august sun
and there's no time for livin' slow
when you're on the run, boy

pitch black cemetary three AM, the silence is broken by Jimmy and his gem
dim red light from a cold green can, witnessed the two of them committing their sin
and in an hour they were covered in dirt, but they had what they'd come for
and all they left was the sound of tires and two slammin' Cadillac doors

well, the gunned it up the canyon to the top of the pass, lettin' that engine roar
'cause this would be the last time Jimmy's Cadillac would feel the pedal touchin' the floor
soon it would careen of the side of the road in a spectacular display of flames
with a decoy behind the wheel, bearin' summerside Jimmy's name

but it's a long road...

Mabel got her hands on the paperwork verifyin' two new identities
and the time was nearly at hand, when they could simply slip away with the breeze
but that morning at the rattlesnake roadhouse motel, in walked a man with a badge
said somethin to the kid behind the counter about a pretty woman and a Cadillac

and at the bar across the hall from the lobby sat a dead man clutchin' his daddy's 45
red lipstick whispered in his ear, "they will never take us alive"
Jim's eyes narrowed and his blood ran cold as he lifted his gaze from the bar
and watched that badge walk right outside to the radio in his car

but it's a long road...


from Crimson Crows E​.​P., released July 18, 2015



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Crimson Crows Denver, Colorado

The trio of David Starr Dunn, Robert Dale Boles, and Jared Ludwick happened upon each other working in downtown Denver restaurants, solidifying the Crimson Crows lineup in early 2014. They have forged a bond that can only materialize out of collectively fighting out of the weeds, getting stiffed, and dealing with incompetent management, and that’s only playing bar gigs! Zing! ... more

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