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Tom T. Hall – Faster Horses lyrics

He was an old-time cowboy, don't you understand,
His eyes were sharp as razor blades, his face was leather-tanned,
His toes were pointed inward from a-hangin' on a horse,
He was an old philosopher, of course.

He was so thin, I swear you could have used him for a whip,
He had to drink a beer to keep his breeches on his hips,
I knew I had to ask him about the mysteries of life
He spit between his boots and he replied:

'It's faster horses, younger women, older whiskey, and more money! '

He smiled and all his teeth were covered with tobacco stain,
He said 'it don't do men no good to pray for peace and rain.
Peace and rain is just a way to save prosperity,
And buffalo chips is all it means to me.'

I told him I was a poet, I was lookin' for the truth,
I do not care for horses, whiskey, women or the loot.
I said I was a writer, my soul was all on fire,
He looked at me an' said, 'you are a liar.'

'Son, It's faster horses, younger women, older whiskey, and more money! '

Well, I was disillusioned if I say the least,
I grabbed him by the collar and jerked him to his feet,
There was something cold and shiny layin' by my head,
So I started to believe the things he said.

Well, my poet days are over and I'm back to being me,
As I enjoy the peace and comfort of reality.
If my boy ever asks me what it is that I have learnt,
I think that I will readily affirm:

'Son, it's faster horses, younger women, older whiskey, and more money! '
(Repeat 2x)

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    Brings back a lot of really fond memories from my time. Although, most of the horses have passed on, or are now out to pasture. The whiskey is never older than me these days, and danged if the younger women didn't blow all of my money along the way. Heading out to the pasture to walk around with the horses now. Hahaha! Have a blessed life ya'll!
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