NEVADA MCCLOUD

She had a hard leather face from long years in the sun
She could pour boilin' brew down her shoe leather tongueHer old rawhide soul Lord it chafed when we'd fight but her soft doe-skin hands kept me warm in the night
How she kept 'em that way I never could guessThis Ranchero's sweetheart rode hard with the best
And it hurts now to remember how my worries would meltWhen she laughed soft 'n' easy as I lay on her breast

I'll never get over Nevada McCloud
My eyes they are dry now but my heart cries out loud
And just before dawn when the lantern burns down
I hear myself sigh like an old desert houndWho's been sleepin' too long on the hard dusty ground

Well we'd hooked us a small ranch and she ploughed in half
We had Austin and little Shawnee and a goat named GiraffeWe made who's who in nowhere but we sure was in love
Though cowboys with feelin's never say so enough
It was on up at Bitter Grass sinkin' a wellWhen a forged link chain snapped and the drill shaft it fell
Doc Price up from Lovelock just cast down his eyesThe evenin' star slipped slowly t'wards the rim of the sky

I cannot come with you Nevada McCloudMy eyes they are dry now but my heart cries out loud
And just before dawn when the lantern burns down
I hear myself sigh like an old desert hound
Who's been sleepin' too long on the hard dusty ground
Lord , her sister took Shawnee off to some city school
And Austin, he's a bright kid who acts like a fool
But darlin' I hope that I'm makin' you proud
Holdin' on to the ranch when the market fell out
Now the far hills lean close as the evenin' comes nighThe stars glitter deep in the pool of the sky
Up the broad Milky Way this old heart it fliesBut my sorrow - my sorrow in the earth here she lies
I'll never forget you Nevada McCloudMy eyes they are dry now but my heart cries out loud
And just before dawn when the lantern burns down
I hear myself sigh like an old desert hound
Who's been sleepin' too long on the hard dusty ground

Originally Performed by: Lawrence Hammond
Album: Presumed Lost
Lyrics By: Lawrence Hammond

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