It’s no secret
I would rather be dead
If I were in a western movie
The poster would read:
“Wanted Alive, Death
Would make him too Happy.”
Can you imagine how that might
Play out in Hollywood and
No more wild gunfights
No more knives in the back
They would have to be tricky
Conniving and even smart
To bring their man back alive.
At every turn he would beg them to hang him
Give me a dose of horse pills.
Could you tighten these handcuffs up till I bleed?
No one wants a suicidal prisoner
Let’s face it they are just no fun.
And of course you would need a counselor along
To make sure that if he needed to talk there was somebody there.
I mean who wants to talk to some grunting cowboy
Who’s cleaning the cow manure out of his teeth?
Yes the West would have been won in a gentler more feeling
Without great escapes and liars.
Just simple folk telling the truth about how they feel.
I know it makes me feel better; although I still want to die...
Copyright © Stephen Kilmer