Rustler's Moon

from by Nancy K Dillon



Written for Bushwick Book Club (Seattle) inspired by Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove" in the summer of 2012. First performance at Slim's Last Chance (Seattle, WA) on August 24, 2012.


Rustler’s Moon
©Nancy K. Dillon 2012

Sun on my bed
Fire in the distance
Smoke on the hills
Blood moon’s on the rise
Flags at half-mast
Nobody’s listening
Lawmen are crooked
Everybody lies

It’s a Rustler’s Moon
In a ten-cent town
A Rustler’s Moon
Keep your eyes cast down
Better watch your back
As the night birds call
Gambler steals your money
And leaves you with nothing at all

Cattle on the move
Morning is breaking
Red light spreads like a soiled dove’s fan
Longhorn lightning
More souls are taken
In this endless dive through the devil’s land

Hear the sound of hooves
Crush the buffalo bones
A nightherd croons a song of home
Soon the towns will come and the fences too
But for now it’s all lies
Underneath the Rustler’s Moon

Workin’ on the Railway
Workin’ on the Red
Workin’ on the Railway
Workin’ on the bed
Workin’ on the Railway
Workin’ all alone
Workin’ on the Railway
Never goin’ home ‘cause
I ain’t dead – no, I ain’t dead
I ain’t dead – Yet anyway
Yet anyway – Yet anyway
Huh !

Who can you trust ?
All the politicians
Only tell you what they must
As the treaties ink dries
Two-toned two-timing
Silver-tongued devils
Snicker in their sleep
As the buffalo die

And the train wheels roll
‘Neath a Rustler’s Moon
Her tear drops roll
She’ll see San Francisco soon
In her widow’s weeds and her finery
A Rustler’s Moon
Left her with nothing to seek

Workin’ on the Railway
Workin’ on the Red
Workin’ on the Railway
Workin’ on the bed
Workin’ on the Railway
Linin’ in the track
Workin’ on the Railway
Never comin’ back cause
I ain’t dead – I ain’t dead
No I ain’t dead – yet anyway
Huh !


from Live at The Royal Room, track released September 16, 2017
All songs written by Nancy K. Dillon (BMI) except "Annabelle" written by Nancy K. Dillon (Rose Rock Music BMI, Admin SongTrust) & John Hadley (Hadley Six Music BMI, Admin by Sony, ATV, BMI

Nancy K. Dillon (vocals/guitar)
Lucien La Motte (electric guitar)

Engineered by Kyle Mooney (Royal Room, Seattle)

Mixed and Mastered by Ian Lang (Nursery Studios, Alsager, UK)


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Nancy K Dillon Seattle, Washington

On her albums, Nancy K. Dillon maps the road West; the dusty highways that conjure up images like Kerouac's road trips, traveling dustbowl carnivals, and free-spirited 70s hipsters. Inspired by Oklahoma & Texas troubadours Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Kevin Welch, Dillon's songs are short stories about characters that populate true American life. ... more

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