Bill Lost His Leg

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Bill Lost His Leg
By Kathleen Dunbar
Copyrighted by Kathleen Dunbar

bill lost his leg got a hollow one of wood
hides his gun and his whiskey good
the body ain’t impo’tant it’s what’s under the hood
yeah, yeah, yeah

roebuck died when the weather was hot
real quick funeral is what he got
better in the ground then rottin on top
yeah, yeah, yeah

and the gypsies say “I can tell your fortune”
and the gypsies say, “I can read it in the cards”
they can tell it all with the crystal ball
but you gotta have cash that’s cold and hard

ol joe eagle eye flyin up real high
thought he’d have some dinner with the saints and the whores, but
the cops done found him dead as a board
leaned up flat on the old church door

high as a donkey, feeling kinda wonkey
he robbed the honkey-tonkey joint, tired a bein poor
bullet in the gun, gun, in your pocket
point and shoot, it what the gun is for

chappa chappa tay, chappa chappa tay
chappa chappa tay, chappa chappa tay
chappa chap TAY, chappa chappa TAY

play sad on the trombone when I am long gone
weep in your beer at old Jack’s bar
Friday’s full of knives and other people’s wives
yeah, yeah, yeah

debt goes up and your pile goes down
give it to the gal in the fancy gown
angels say up but the devil says down
yeah, yeah, yeah


and there might be some sweet
eternity for me
all that I can see
is the boneyard, worm field
day old, garbage
no one knows
how it goes
when you’re down in the ground

woulda spent the loot, tried to take it all
last thing he did was a dead man’s crawl
died with his fingerbones bent round the gold
put in the ground, boy the ground is cold

engineer jumped, ain’t comin back
pretty soon train gonna run out of track
you see the end comin for a mile or two
you take another drink what else ya gonna do

Chappa Tays


from Liars, Cutthroats and Dames, released August 4, 2017
Kathleen Dunbar/songwriting, vocals. Gawain Mathews/guitars, banjo, percussion, accordion. Kyle Caprista/drums. Nicholas Daniel Wlodarszyk/trombone



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Kathleen Dunbar San Francisco, California

You may notice my songs are about angels and devils, birth, life, death, about creation and crumbling destruction—the troubles we humans get ourselves into and the choices we make—some of them funky, some of them ending in the dark, others rising into the light of morning. Touching, humorous, spellbinding storytelling—my songs brings you into the irony, the tragedy, and the possibilities of life. ... more

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