A Life Not Fit for Love

by Darien Campo

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released May 6, 2015

"Last Pale Light in the West" originally by Ben Nichols.

"Old Man" lyrics by Nathaniel Dunaway.

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I write soundtracks for Body in the Window Seat films and sometimes I write other stuff. Whichever you're looking for, you came to the right place.

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Track Name: Gun in My Hand
Well I saw my baby crying one night,
When I came home from a long summer's ride,
And she said that a man from the city had came,
Weilding a pen for her to sign her name.
And she says that man's buyin' up all the land,
And he wants our farm, just because he can,
And my baby thinks we're done for good,
But I made her a vow, on the land that we stood.

Now why that fat cat, big city man,
Is buyin' up land is just because he can,
But he doesn't know I'm makin' my stand,
And I'll die on this farm,
With a gun in my hand.

So I went to town just the very next day,
To meet with the man, and see what he had to say,
Well he shook my hand and sat me right down,
Told me owned every bank in the town.
Then he gave a speech on progress and gain,
And a subtle threat if I wouldn't sign my name,
Then I sighed and I said: "If it suits you just fine.
I'm keepin' my land, and I've made up my mind."

Now why that fat cat, big city man,
Is buyin' up land is just because he can,
But he doesn't know I'm makin' my stand,
And I'll die on this farm,
With a gun in my hand.

Well the very next night came a gun-wielding gang,
My very last chance for me to sign my name,
But I stood stock still, rifle in hand,
The city man smiled and told me "Thanks for the land."
Then I heard a sound that filled me with fear,
The click of a gun, right beside my ear.

And my baby said we're in hard need of cash,
And she'd offered our land when the city man asked,
With a single shot she fell to the ground,
A city man grinned, and tipped his hat down.

Now I'll never know what went through my mind...
But the devil himself,
Couldn't have shot faster than I.
Track Name: Of Wafting Violets
I heard a whispered name,
Across a desert plain,
I thought it was your voice

I smelled a flower scent,
Of wafting violets,
But the wind blew it away

I saw your flaxen hair,
You told me to beware,
But still I came your way

You said you lived,
A life not fit for love,
Ooh

I tried to give,
My heart but you were not done,
Ooh

I heard a rifle shot,
It rings out in the dark,
And slowly fades away

I smelled a copper tinge,
Clothes that had been singed,
I knew not what to say

I saw your reddened hair,
Your body lying there,
Never see another day

You said you lived,
A life not fit for love,
Ooh

I tried to give,
My heart but you were not done,
Ooh

I heard a whispered name,
Across a desert plain,
I thought it was your voice

I smelled a flower scent,
Of wafting violets,
But the wind blew it away
Track Name: Old Man (Written with Nathaniel Dunaway)
Where the garden fence
Meets the walking stick,
There’s a tumbleweed,
With no name

Where the tomato plant,
Meet the sun-baked brick,
There’s a baseball glove,
Far from a game

Where the hornet’s nest,
Meets the river stone,
There’s a license plate,
From Tennessee

And where the home I know,
Meets the poisoned bones,
That’s where you’ll find,
An old man like me

There’s something out there,
In all that dark

Something way out in the dark

There’s something out there,
In all that dark

All that dark. M-hm.

And that’s where you’ll find,
An old man like me
Track Name: When We Dig Up Peter
I am hardly a martyr,
But I know right from wrong,
But if you'll come and walk with me,

We must trek far and long,
Past our village we live,
There's a secret that's haunting me,

And the people all say: "He must have moved away."
And the townsfolk all say: "I never heard the name."
But we'll find out what's right when we...
Dig up the body of Peter tonight.

There is something that happened,
That the people all know,
I believe it's buried underneath this tree,

Was a man long ago,
In a house by the sea,
Found a secret the people keep,

And the people all say: "He must have moved away."
And the townsfolk all say: "I never heard the bang."
But we'll find out what's right when we...
Dig up the body of Peter tonight.
Track Name: Last Pale Light in the West (Ben Nichols Cover)
In my hands, I hold the ashes
In my veins, black pitch runs
In my chest, a fire catches
In my way, the setting sun

Dark clouds gather 'round me
Due northwest, the soul is bound
And I will go on ahead, free
There's a light yet to be found

The last pale light in the west
The last pale light in the west

And I ask for no redemption
In this cold and barren place
Still I see the faint reflection
And so by it, I got my way

The last pale light in the west
The last pale light in the west