Forums » Gillian Welch and David Rawlings "Lyrics"

    • 10 posts
    August 14, 2014 4:12 AM PDT

    hi all,
    attempted writing out the lyrics to Lawman - almost there I believe but one bit eludes us. "I have to keep an eye on…" what? help, comments, improvements much appreciated. thanks.
    LAWMAN – Gillian Welch

    The sun was high and so was I
    When Billy ran in the room
    Oooh-oooh-oooh
    Saying: I´ve looked all over town for you
    Ain´t you heard the news
    Oooh-oooh-oooh
    Marshal came in on the train
    He swore he´d take my life
    Oooh-oooh-oooh
    Grabbed his old revolver
    and   went back down to fight
    Ooooh-ooh-oooh
    Lawman´s gonna kill my honey dead
    Lawman´s gonna kill my honey yeah

    Now if I had known just another song
    This is how it´ll go
    Oooh-oooh-oooh
    We coulda made a pretty good run
    Down to Mexico
    Oooh-oooh-oooh
    Lawman´s gonna kill my honey dead
    Lawman´s gonna kill my honey yeah

    I guess I´ll have to keep an eye on ??????????????????
    I hate to think of sleeping out in the cold wind
    Lawman´s gonna kill my honey dead
    Lawman´s gonna kill my honey yeah
    Lawman gonna kill my honey dead


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDqV8wDrlnw

    • 10 posts
    August 16, 2014 7:10 AM PDT

    to elaborate a bit... we do this song with our band - to fill in the gap, our singer thought of 'keep an eye on the little grey canvas tent' so as not to sleep out in the cold wind.

    Maybe it is about a horse? or a dog? she hates for it to sleep out in the cold wind.

    But what is the word she is singing? heetokee or something???

    • 3 posts
    August 16, 2014 10:20 PM PDT

    It sounds to me like "I guess I'll have to keep an eye on the little grey he took in." Since I don't know what "grey" would mean in that context, I'd offere "babe" or "stray" as other possibilities, but it really sounds and looks like she sings "grey."

     

    I also think she sings "If I had known just an hour or so this is how it would go" and not "another song this is how it'll go."

    • 10 posts
    August 16, 2014 11:26 PM PDT
    ianf said:

    It sounds to me like "I guess I'll have to keep an eye on the little grey he took in." Since I don't know what "grey" would mean in that context, I'd offere "babe" or "stray" as other possibilities, but it really sounds and looks like she sings "grey."

     

    I also think she sings "If I had known just an hour or so this is how it would go" and not "another song this is how it'll go."

    thanks ianf! those both make sense to me. 'He took in' fits the storyline. This is getting close - not knowing who or what 'grey' is doesn't break the story. Still, ideas welcome!

    And 'an hour ago' certainly makes more sense than 'another song'.

     

    So this is what what will be singing:


    The sun was high and so was I
    When Billy ran in the room
    Oooh-oooh-oooh
    Saying: I´ve looked all over town for you
    Ain´t you heard the news
    Oooh-oooh-oooh
    Marshal came in on the train
    He swore he´d take my life
    Oooh-oooh-oooh
    Grabbed his old revolver
    and   went back down to fight
    Ooooh-ooh-oooh
    Lawman´s gonna kill my honey dead
    Lawman´s gonna kill my honey yeah

    Now if I had known just an hour or so
    This is how it would go
    Oooh-oooh-oooh
    We coulda made a pretty good run
    Down to Mexico
    Oooh-oooh-oooh
    Lawman´s gonna kill my honey dead
    Lawman´s gonna kill my honey yeah

    I guess I´ll have to keep an eye on the little grey he took in
    I hate to think of it sleeping out in the cold wind
    Lawman´s gonna kill my honey dead
    Lawman´s gonna kill my honey yeah
    Lawman gonna kill my honey dead


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDqV8wDrlnw

    • 10 posts
    August 19, 2014 2:27 AM PDT
    ianf said:

    It sounds to me like "I guess I'll have to keep an eye on the little grey he took in." Since I don't know what "grey" would mean in that context, I'd offere "babe" or "stray" as other possibilities, but it really sounds and looks like she sings "grey."

    ... we have decided to go with 'stray'. Even if that is not what I hear it fits nicely and adds some depth to the drama - her soon-to-be-ex-honey apparently has a good heart ...

    thank you ianf!

    • 10 posts
    November 26, 2014 7:38 AM PST

    we recorded some songs last sunday - this is what we made of Lawman ... pump organ works nicely imo

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/gezrggicyii0eug/Lawman.mp3?dl=0