LAND OF FORTUNE

WE GREW UP STRONG IN THE HILLS NEAR WHEYGO
WHERE THE SUN BITES HARD AND THE NIGHTS OH SO COLD
WE DUFFED SOME CATTLE TO BIDE HARD TIMES
WE WERE ALWAYS GAME AND THE TRAPS THEY WERE SLOW

FRANKIE ROBBED AND HE WENT ON THE RUN
THEY WON'T CATCH ME HE CRIED
BUT BEN AND ME WERE FREE BORN WORKING MEN
AND WE LOVED THE WESTERN SKY

LAND OF FORTUNE LAND OF CHANCE
LAND OF DANGEROUS CIRCUMSTANCE
IT'S ALL OURS AS FAR AS WE CAN SEE
WE CAN DO JUST WHAT WE PLEASE

FRANK ROBBED A DRAY OUT ON THE HIGHWAY
BUT THE TRAPS SEIZED BEN AND ME
WE SPENT A MONTH IN THE LOGS IN TOWN
BEFORE THEY CHOSE TO FIND THE KEY

NOW BIDDY AND THE BOY HAD LEFT
OUR HOUSE BURNT TO THE GROUND
RIGHT SAID BEN THIS TIME I'LL FIGHT
AND NEVER AGAIN WILL THEY HOLD ME DOWN

HE TOOK GOLD ESCORTS AND SQUATTERS HOMESTEADS
ALWAYS RODE THE BEST THOROUGHBREDS
HIS BLOOD WAS HOT BUT HIS TRACKS WERE COLD
THE STATES MOST WANTED MAN

THEY AMBUSHED BEN IN HIS BED AT DAYBREAK
BETRAYED BY A FRIEND
THEY SHOT HIM 30 TIMES JUST TO SHOW HOW GAME HIS ERA ENDED

Mal Eastick