The Rogue Song




On the rattlesnake trail 

where I Iost my youth

I threw all of my chips in

for a beautiful truth


There's a fire all around me

And it's burning so bright

Well it swallowed up the day

and it's working on the night


I am a rogue and a gambler

Forty-nine years of trouble to my name

Bound down the road of a lonely sorrow

Bound like a moth to the flame


With my head against the wall

I beat a rhythm in time

Pounding out the rattles of

a glorious rhyme


There's a woman in my mind

and she's fading out of sight

she's staked out all the claims

on the one true light


there's a weary kind of wanting

that is tearing me apart

staring down the barrel

of a loveless art


frozen on the page

of a long forgotten hymn

it's washed out in the sunrise

and strangled in the din



Do I contradict myself?

well so let it be

like the angels in the heavens

I got symmetry


Multitudes pouring out 

from every side

There's a rumble in the earth

There's a music in the sky


(From the album Multitudes)

music & lyrics by James Houlahan

published by Gumbo Luvah Music