Western Movies

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This is a PREVIEW of this album! Most, if not all, of these recordings will be re-recorded before being added to the "final release" of the Western Movies album.

This is more or less a concept album. Pretty much all songs from the old west. The general story is that our main character heads out of town - on the way stopping to "hand a note" to the teller . . . is it a hold-up note - or a withdrawal slip? He then heads out of town on his adventure. Along the way, he falls asleep in motels, having dreams that are "just like Western Movies". Of course, each one is depicted by the songs on the album, up until he wakes up for the final time after having his "Cowboy Lullaby/City Boy Dream".

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releases May 10, 2020

All instruments/vocals by Jeffrey Scott Stewart.

Except on "Cherokee Blood" and "When The Twister Touched Down" as noted.

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Jeffrey Scott Stewart Houston, Texas

Originally from Southern California, and now - after sixteen years of "seasoning" in Nashville, Tennessee - based in Houston, Texas.

Jeff has had his songs heard in movies, documentaries, television and radio from Australia to Seattle to Switzerland.

Live performances feature a wide variety of original music using guitar, tenor banjo, accordion, mandolin, violin, ukelele and harmonica.
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Track Name: Western Movies
WESTERN MOVIES

We ride into town in the morning
Being herded like cattle at dawn
But I break from the gang
Make a run for the bank
Hand the teller a note, then I'm gone

With the sun on my back
I'm free at last
To answer the call of the wild

Just like in old Western Movies
Where each day is a different plot
I like to pretend I'm the hero
But sometimes I'm more of an outlaw
Just like in old Western Movies

Later on the sun paints a picture
As a backdrop for a rundown saloon
I go in for a drink
Pull out my six-string
Start singin' the crowd's favorite tunes

Then gone like the wind
'Fore the night came to an end
I rode away with a smile

Just like in old Western Movies
Where each day is a different plot
I like to pretend I'm the hero
But sometimes I'm more of an outlaw
Just like in old Western Movies

Just like in old Western Movies
Just like . . . Western Movies

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart and Bill Warrington
Copyright 2005 Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)/
Bill Warrington Music (BMI)
DOC: 2001, 12/10/2005, 12/23/2005
Track Name: On The Run (They'll Never Catch Me)
ON THE RUN (THEY'LL NEVER CATCH ME)

Damn the ones who won't stop tryin' to track me down
Won't even let me catch my breath
The poster said that they could take me in alive
But I know they really want me dead
I've got to keep on moving
There's nowhere to hide
Truth is I ain't no angel
But there'll be no trial

They've got me on the run
But they'll never get my guns
They're tryin' to take my gold
But they can't steal my soul
They'd like to see me bleed
Or hanging from a tree
But as long as my spirit's free
- They'll never catch me

Curse the day I ever learned to point a gun
I've been in trouble ever since
Spent my share of time on both sides of the law
I must've killed a dozen men
I just shot one too many
That's how it goes
I think I hear them coming
They're getting close

They've got me on the run
But they'll never get my guns
They're tryin' to take my gold
But they can't steal my soul
They'd like to see me bleed
Or hanging from a tree
But as long as my spirit's free
- They'll never catch me

They've got me on the run
But they'll never get my guns
They're tryin' to take my gold
But they can't steal my soul
They'd like to see me bleed
Or hanging from a tree
But as long as my spirit's free
- They'll never catch me

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright 2003 Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: The Choice
THE CHOICE

I killed a man in self-defense thirteen years ago
His brother tracked me down and died, my fame began to grow
Men sought me out to test their skill because they knew my name
I did what I had to do, their blood spilled on my shame

I had to run, I changed my name and moved from town to town
Till a woman's love and tender touch made me stop and settle down
Now here you come out of nowhere, trying to drag me through my past
Standing there with your shaky hands, bragging that you're fast

The choice is yours, make up your mind
But if you draw your gun
One of us will wind up
Lying in the dust
So will this be your dying day?
It's up to you now boy
I suggest you walk away
While you still have the choice

If you choose to draw on me, Ill shoot you full of lead
Then I'll be on the run again, and just as good as dead
Even if you are the best, there's no way you'll ever win
'Cause if I die, then it's your turn, to be killed or kill again

The choice is yours, make up your mind
But if you draw your gun
One of us will wind up
Lying in the dust
So will this be your dying day?
It's up to you now boy
I suggest you walk away
While you still have the choice

While you still have the choice


Written by Larry Vail and Jeff Stewart
Copyright 1999 Larry Vail / Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Cherokee Blood
CHEROKEE BLOOD

Cherokee blood flowed like water
in a red colored stream
As I watched my brother dying
at my feet

I could hear the soldier's rifle
when he gunned the young brave down
And I knew a life was ended
at the sound

The soldier said,
Injuns deserve to die, they have no fear of God
I saw those savage eyes, just before I shot
There ought to be a price paid for every drop
of Cherokee Blood

I was proud of my people
We'd made peace with the whites
Now I vowed not to die there
without a fight

- Not afraid to die, I had no fear of God
I saw the soldier's eyes just before he shot
There ought to be a price paid for every drop
of Cherokee Blood

I live on as a spirit
in the heart of every brave
I live through my children's children
- in their veins

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright 1996 Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Iron Horses
IRON HORSES

They laid those iron rails out like veins across the heartland
And never even bothered to bring ‘em close to us
And everyone in my hometown, knew the end was coming
We were left there to dry up, and blow away with the dust

So I packed my bags and made my way to the closest station
Then I watched it from a distance as it rolled across the plains
And laid down my life savings for my first ride on a train

And my whole world changed when I ran with iron horses
‘Cause I saw some things that I’d never seen before
And nothing else mattered
As I went further and faster
‘Cause I could see my future when I ran with iron horses

When that first ride was over, it was only the beginning
‘Cause I had to find a job and I had no place to go
I started working for the railroad early the next morning
My first job was shoveling coal, to keep that fire stoked

Well I worked my way up through the years, and even met my true love
The best day of my life was when that woman took my name
I proudly raised my family, and spent a lifetime on a train

My whole world changed when I ran with iron horses
‘Cause I saw some things that I’d never seen before
And nothing else mattered
As I went further and faster
‘Cause I could see my future when I ran with iron horses


Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart and Bill Warrington
Copyright 2006 Blue Clover Music (ASCAP) /
Bill Warrington Music (BMI)
Track Name: The Law
THE LAW

I came to town when I got the word
That the good people who claim this dirt
Needed someone to keep them safe
- A new sheriff to run this place

They really couldn't ask for more . . .
I was the fastest gun they could afford

I'm The Law
Don't you ever forget
Who you're talkin' to . . .
I'm The Law
Show some respect . . .
If you mess with me, you'll lose

I've got a good horse and a steady hand
And I'm doin' my best to defend this badge
I'm only here to protect them now
But men still scatter when I come to town

I get paid to keep the peace
But I still ain't found none for me

I'm The Law
Don't you ever forget
Who you're talkin' to . . .
I'm The Law
Show some respect . . .
If you mess with me, you'll lose

I'm The Law
Don't you ever forget
Who you're talkin' to . . .
I'm The Law
Show some respect . . .
If you mess with me, you'll lose

'Cause I'm The Law

I came to town when I got the word
That the good people who claim this dirt
Needed someone to keep them safe
- A new sheriff to run this place

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright 2002 Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Ghost Town
GHOST TOWN

A tumbleweed rollin' down an empty street
In the breeze, a faded sign reads "Vacancy"
Love checked out long ago
But we pretend that we don't know
There's nothing left but memories and dust

Ghost Town - I see reflecitons in the mirror
Ghost Town - I hear what seems to be your laugh
But we pass without a sound
Like two spirits in a ghost town

From outside, this place seems like it's full of life
But it's a lie, 'cause anything we had has died
why do we carry on
Behind this old facade
Acting out emotion that once was

Ghost Town - I see reflecitons in the mirror
Ghost Town - I hear what seems to be your laugh
But we pass without a sound
Like two spirits in

Ghost Town - I see reflecitons in the mirror
Ghost Town - I hear what seems to be your laugh
But we pass without a sound
Like two spirits in a ghost town

Written by Larry Vail, Craig Lackey and Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright 2000 Larry Vail / Sailing Smooth Music (ASCAP) /
Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: When The Twister Touched Down
WHEN THE TWISTER TOUCHED DOWN

If I could paint a picture of what I saw, it would all be black and white
She was waiting in the stillness with a storm behind her eyes
If I had heard a warning, I would have tried to change the way she felt
But she was hiding her emotions, then like a train straight out of hell

When the twister touched down
The birds stopped singing
And I wished that I could fly
But I could only run for shelter
And there was no place left to hide
As our love came unwound
- When the twister touched down

I still have scars from when she left me, but I've come to realize
How the words that went unspoken grew clouded in her mind
She was angry, she was restless, and the winds began to blow
Until she finally had to let loose, and the twister broke up our home

When the twister touched down
The birds stopped singing
And I wished that I could fly
But I could only run for shelter
And there was no place left to hide
As our love came unwound
- When the twister touched down

I guess she held it all inside as long as she could
And in her silence I believed - and misunderstood

But when the twister touched down
The birds stopped singing
And I wished that I could fly
I could only run for shelter
And there was no place left to hide
As our love came unwound
- When the twister touched down

When the twister touched down

Written by Jeff Stewart and Pam O'Daniel
Copyright 1996 Blue Clover Music / Pam O'Daniel
Track Name: Dusty Pirate
DUSTY PIRATE

I'm a dusty pirate, looking for the sea
Sailing 'cross the desert, almost drowning in this heat
Branded as an 'outlaw', but I'm just a desperate man
Destined to keep stumblin' 'cross this God-forsaken land

I pray for rain
Curse the howling wind
That whispers my name
And says I won't be home again
I'm ashamed
That I am lost, but I admit
I'm a dusty pirate
Searchin' for my ship

More than once I've found religion on the wrong end of a gun
And I've almost died a thousand times 'neath this unforgiving sun
Where rattlesnakes are serpents that appear between the waves
Of rocks and dirt and sagebrush, at the cruelest time of day

I pray for rain
Curse the howling wind
That whispers my name
And says I won't be home again
I'm ashamed
That I am lost, but I admit
I'm a dusty pirate
Searchin' for my ship

Longing for another place and time
Struggling through my life and wondering why . . .

I pray for rain
Curse the howling wind
That whispers my name
And says I won't be home again
I'm ashamed
That I am lost, but I admit
I'm a dusty pirate
Searchin' for my ship

Written by Jeff Stewart
Copyright 2001 Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: Survivor
SURVIVOR

I'm a lonely rider
Still, I'm a survivor and I'm not goin' down
I am not pretending
Life is never-ending, but it's not ending now

I know this to be right . . .
What doesn't kill me makes me strong
And I'm way too tough to die
It's gonna be a long, long ride
It's gonna be a long, long, long, long ride

There's no use complaining
If it starts to raining and i'm hungry and cold
I might have been mistaken
But this path I'vetaken is the one that I chose

I know this to be right . . .
What doesn't kill me makes me strong
And I'm way too tough to die
It's gonna be a long, long ride
It's gonna be a long, long, long, long ride

If I had a chance to start over again
I'd prob'ly choose to head straight into the wind

I know this to be right . . .
What doesn't kill me makes me strong
And I'm way too tough to die
It's gonna be a long, long ride
It's gonna be a long, long, long, long ride

'Cause I have the heart to survive

I'm a lonely rider
Still, I'm a survivor and I'm not goin' down


Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright 2001 Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)
Track Name: My Short-Lived Life Of Crime
MY SHORT-LIVED LIFE OF CRIME

I dug into my dresser drawer
Wrapped my fingers around my ol' forty-four
And headed out into the cold night air

I'd lost my job at the factory
Left my wife and boy without enough to eat
And that was more than I could bear

I said, it's a hold up, it's a robbery
Give me the cash and don't follow me
But both of us had fear in our eyes
In my short-lived life of crime

Your daddy was the clerk that night
And he did what he knew was right
He tried to grab my shakin' gun

But a shot rang out and the better man fell
I knew right then that I'd lost myself
When I saw what I had done

I said, it's a hold up, it's a robbery
Give me the cash and don't follow me
But both of us had fear in our eyes
In my short-lived life of crime

Now I'm wearin' denim for the rest of my life
And half the time, wish I wasn't alive
But I deserve even worse

I killed your dad - wish he'd killed me
Then there wouldn't be two broken families
"Sorry" ain't a strong enough word

I said, it's a hold up, it's a robbery
Give me the cash and don't follow me
But both of us had fear in our eyes
In my short-lived life of crime
- My short-lived life of crime
- My short-lived life of crime

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart and Mark "Moke" Cameron
Copyright 2002 Blue Clover Music (ASCAP) / Mark Cameron
Track Name: Cowboy Lullaby / City Boy Dream
COWBOY LULLABY/CITY BOY DREAM

Stars are all that light the sky
Wind is whispering in the night

All is peaceful in the valley
The coyote sings a lullaby
Only trees are around me
I'm growin' tired - I close my eyes

Tired minds they often dream
Now it all comes back to me

All is peaceful in the valley
The coyote sings a lullaby
Only trees are around me
I'm growin' tired - I close my eyes

Written by Jeffrey Scott Stewart
Copyright 1980 Blue Clover Music (ASCAP)