Violin and Gun

Updated: Mar 27


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(note: coyotes pronounced ky-oats)



An old mariner on the shore whose working days are done Keeps two treasures by his side a violin and gun

“Why violin and gun?” I ask “You sailed on sea-borne boats” “Violin for the soul,” he says “Gun for the coyotes”

North by east and north by west True north falls in between And that old man at water’s edge is the strangest ever seen

He takes me into where he lives from walls stare dead coyotes But when he bows the violin the walls weep soulful notes “Where in your soul did you see fit to kill all those coyotes?” “Truth is, it was the only way to play the soulful notes”

North by east and north by west True north falls in between And that old man at water’s edge is like many we have seen


Now that mariner by the coast

lies dead beneath the sun

With no goodbyes from two lost souls

his violin and gun

North by east and north by west True north falls in between And that old man at water’s edge was strange enough to have been


Yeh that old man down by the coast

he's dead beneath the sun

Without goodbyes from two lost souls

his violin and gun


So north by east and north by west True north falls in between And that old man at water’s edge was strange enough to have been

Yeh that old man at water’s edge was strange enough to have been



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