Southern Women

from by The Cold Desert

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Southern women full of southern elegance will fall in love with me
just like good ol' southern romance stories. Just like in old movies
they'll hold their breath for me.

Because I am a roguish gentleman with a gentleman's charm
and a gentleman's gentle hands.

Oh, but southern women make so many demands on love and lovers,
they make so many plans inside of plans inside of plans.

I'm gonna leave 'em in the chapel,
backbones pressed against the altar,
eyeballs fillin' up with water.

Southern deities and southern piety ain't got no hold on me.
I'm just too damn' tired of homilies
and too stillborn from hearin' 'em waste their breath on me.

Because god walked behind me, he walked beside me.
He was with me in Savannah but he left me in Abilene.

Oh, southern beauty, it rusts too fast. It shines so bright,
but it never seems to last. Oh please just last. Why don't you last?

I'm gonna leave you in the chapel,
backbone pressed against the altar,
eyeballs fillin' up with water.
Behind that snow-white veil
there lies a china skull.
And there's nothin' I'd like more than to see it shatter on the floor.
But my train is a-leavin' at a quarter after four
and I ain't gonna waste no more time in gettin' out that door
and keep the ring. You'll never see me again.

There's a pale, pale rider on his coalblack mare
and one day he'll find me, it don't really even matter where I'm livin'.
I'll be dyin' in the valley of the sun.

It's the land of ashes, land of purgatory,
where everyone's from somewhere else
and everybody has a story of glory and hope.


from Woman & God, released February 17, 2013



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The Cold Desert Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix-based roots rock quartet The Cold Desert began as the solo project of Matt Klassen in 2008. After filling out the lineup with drummer Jared Kaiser, multi-instrumentalist Cody Nelson and bassist Jason Stromberg, they released their debut EP "Four Doors" on September 30th 2011. ... more

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