Cheyenne to Casper

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Cheyenne to Casper

Two buddies and me we were on the road
Hitchhiking home from New Mexico
When this trucker picked us up
Just when we thought we were down on our luck
He was barely hanging from the edge of disaster
Talked all the way from Cheyenne to Casper
We just sat there still
As he told us about all the boys that he killed

But as long as I vent and take my medication
These demons will hopefully stay at bay
Because I’ve tasted blood and it’s better than love
But I swear I’m going to beat this beast someday

He said, I’ve to talk it out until it goes away
If I keep it inside my nerves will decay
And so he rambled on
Took us back with him to Vietnam
With blood on my hands and guilt in my soul
Tried to tell myself I was a big time hero
He was just a kid not more than 10 years old
Blew him away like in the picture shows


I could see it on his face how it had worn him through the years
Bitter, mixed emotions, guilt, satisfaction, fear
He took us through the grim reality of war
He’d licked the lips of death and only wanted more
His wife had been his savior, his perfect guiding light
The one who brought him back to earth on those hellish sleepless nights
And I could see it in his eyes his battle he’d someday win
Come to grips with the world; find inner peace again


He slowed big yellow Kenworth down
We shook his hand and climbed back to the ground
We thanked him for the lift; He thanked us for our ears
Walked down the road with amazing souvenirs
We’d been through it all on that 3-hour drive
On that short stretch of time up interstate 25
Fear, hope, relief and the will to survive
I can hear his voice a ringing; he’s happy to be alive



from The Smolder Sessions, released March 14, 2012
Words and music by Ken Nottingham
Copyright 2012



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