The Last Rattlesnake In All Of West Texas

by Charlie Stout

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When Texas Monthly described me as "wry," they had just heard a pre-release version of this song.

lyrics

The last rattlesnake in all of West Texas
Lived in a hole down deep in the ground
He slithered to the top of a big flat rock
Gave his tail a quick shake and he took a look around

He said, It’s been a long time since I caught me a rabbit
Been a long time since I caught me a mouse,
Been a long time since I seen any people
Drive an F-150 to the old ranch house

He slithered up the river bank and onto the bridge
He squinted at the sun coming up on the ridge
It was a hundred and fifteen degrees in the shade
It was six in the morning, it was Christmas day

The last rattle snake in all of West Texas
The last rattle snake in all of West Texas
The last rattle snake in all of West Texas

The last rattle snake in all of West Texas
Felt something wicked coming over his skin
He raised up his head and he readied his venom
And he stuck out his tongue, and he hissed at the wind

It sounded like thunder rolling through the canyon
The air grew cold and the sky turned black
And the last rattle snake in all of West Texas
Saw five tornadoes spinning down off the cap

The last rattle snake in all of West Texas
The last rattle snake in all of West Texas
The last rattle snake in all of West Texas

He said I had a had a good stretch, I had a good run
I fertilized some eggs and I had me some fun
I lived past the ripe old age of two
I ain’t wrapped around the shaft of some fake cowboy boot

So the last rattle snake in all of West Texas
Struck at a funnel cloud - that’s how he died
Now he spends his days up in rattlesnake heaven
With a never ending line of politicians he can bite

The last rattle snake in all of West Texas
The last rattle snake in all of West Texas
The last rattle snake in all of West Texas

credits

released May 1, 2019
Produced by Charlie Stout and Gabriel Sullivan. Mostly by Gabe, if I'm being honest; he did a fine job of getting me out of my own way.

Drums: Gabriel Sullivan
Bass: Geoffrey Hidalgo
Steel: Joe Novelli
Trumpet: John Villa
Percussion: Gabriel Sullivan, Charlie Stout
Acoustic Guitar: Charlie Stout
Twang: Gabriel Sullivan

Gang Vocals: 806 Class Of 2019 (Grant Gilbert, Ross Cooper, Cleto Cordero, Randall King, Charlie Shafter, William Clark Green, Danny Cadra, Daniel Markham, Charlie Stout, Steven St. Clair, Brandon Adams, Wade Parks)

806 recorded at Melody Mountain Ranch in Stephenville, Texas
Song recorded and mixed at Dust & Stone in Tucson, Arizona
Mastered by Nick Landis at Terra Nova Digital Audio in Austin, Texas

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Charlie Stout Lubbock, Texas

A native of West Virginia, now a resident of West Texas, Charlie Stout draws on experience as a photographer and filmmaker to write cinematic lyrics of life and death on the New American Frontier.

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