Sweet Louisa

Sweet Louisa

paulotteson's picture

Demo: 

Lyrics: 

Well, you’re more than I bargained for
More than it seemed
Charm of the evening
In the St. Louis breeze
At the gateway to freedom
Down on one knee
A wildness was tamed
Well, as far as could be

Saddle the horses, steady your guns
A buffalo stalled is a buffalo won
Those who pine for a story that’s never been told
May wind up with rocks, not a glimmer of gold

Oh tell me, sweet Louisa
I’ve tossed and I’ve turned
At the chance to meet the
White Hawthorn blossom
Whose kindness should never be spurned

Whisper your secrets
I’ll sing you my deeds
On the edge of a knife
In the old wild country
With my head to your bosom
The fragrant so deep
I am under your spell
And your dress, so it seems

But out on the circuit, out on the road
I’m time to time selfish and wont to take hold
Oh, I pull from the bottle and pick up my guns
Just thought you should know I’m a man bound to run

Oh tell me, sweet Louisa
I’ve tossed and I’ve turned
At the chance to meet the
White Hawthorn blossom
Whose kindness should never be spurned

Oh, poison me slowly
I’ll likely forget
Lost in the chorus
Of our fever’s duet
Well, I’ll not say I’ve earned it
I have no regrets
I’ll leave that to you darling
You know me best

God damn my honor and God damn my shame
I live in the past and I live by a name
Though I wish it was yours, I’m sorry to say
The ink it has dried now and so has my claim

Oh tell me, sweet Louisa
I’ve tossed and I’ve turned
At the chance to meet the
White Hawthorn blossom
Whose kindness should never be spurned



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Comments

metalfoot's picture

Beautiful melody and powerful storytelling. Great song!

tjeff's picture

Like it! Nice voice, and love the soft jump to the high note. How you turn the time around at the end of each verse is very cool. Good story, based on a true story?

coolparadiso's picture

Very nice indeed. Very poetic at times. Paints a great timepiece scene. I love the quality in your voice.

billwhite51's picture

a country waltz completely free of hokum. the melody is rooted in tradition and the singing is right now. i really love the alternating rhythms on the chorus

Kristi's picture

Great storytelling! I really enjoyed this. The soft, bouncy melody and intimate vocal delivers very nicely. Great song!

Edward 9th Street's picture

Musical words, no pretense in the song, lilting vocal, beautiful title. That was awesome.

ZsuzsaDoe's picture

Wow, those are some seriously crafty lyrics! "Those who pine for a story that’s never been told / May wind up with rocks, not a glimmer of gold" yesss
Sweet sound too, your style is a blessing.

cleanshoes's picture

Really fantastic lyrics. Had to brush up on my Buffalo Bill knowledge--this is a wonderful piece of storytelling, with just the right combination of truth and poeticism. Love this one!