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The Drive

from Painted Sky by Schweitzer



Headed north that fall out of Abilene
Forty hard ridin’ boys and young Billy Green
With a thousand head rustled up from Mexico
Mr. Bridger ridin’ point and Cookie in tow

And Billy sang Ki Yi Yippi Ki Yay
Montana’s ‘bout a hundred million miles away
Ki Yi Yippi Ki Yo
Lord I hope we hit the territories
‘fore the snow
Ki Yo Singin’ Yippi Ki Yay Ki Yo

Come an early frost set to Lexington
Cookie’s coffee liked to kill us but it kept us warm
The Platte was so swollen, took a day to cross
Most the herd made it, but little Billy was lost

Singin’ Ki Yi Yippi Ki yay
Lord we’re sendin’ little Billy home today
Ki Yi Yippi Ki Yo
What a fine fine way
for a cowboy to go
Ki Yo Singin’ Yippi Ki Yay Ki Yo

Made it to Billings without a day to spare
Mr. Bridger tellin’ tales of what was waitin’ there
An honest game of poker, a forever blue sky
And all the whiskey and women that short pay can buy

Ki Yi Yippi Ki Yay
Tellin’ all the pretty girls we’re comin’ back someday
Ki Yi Yippi Ki Yo
Darlin’, I can only stay
‘til there ain’t no snow

Ki Yi Yippi Ki Yay
Yes, Abilene’s a hundred million miles away
Ki Yi Yippi Ki Yo
But a cowboy’s gotta roam
Like a river flows
Ki Yo Singin’ Yippi Ki Yi Yay Ki Yo
Yippi Ki Yo
Yippi Ki Yi Yay Ki Yo


from Painted Sky, released October 26, 2014
Rus Stedman, Richard Schweitzer


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Schweitzer Los Angeles, California

My brother started writing songs and that was the spark that started me on my own songwriting course that would last the rest of my life. I chose to use my surname, "Schweitzer," for practical reasons, realizing long ago that pronouncing "Richard Schweitzer" was difficult. "Schweitzer Projects" under the "tindog music & stuff" umbrella is producing songs in the Pop / Pop rock or folk categories ... more

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