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Your mother died night you were born
Her name you never knew
Look away, look away
Nothing to lose

Left East Tennessee at fourteen
Wandered to the West
Look away, look away
Born into death

You fought the sailors in New Orleans
You worked the flatboats and walked the streets
Hit Nacogdoches in ‘49
And there we met for the very first time

Kid don’t you know me?
We are the last of the true
Drink up! Drink up!
Drink up! Drink up!
Cause tonight your soul’s required of you

Signed on with a stone mad captain
Rode on Mexico
Look away, look away
War behold
Jailed with killers one and all
But we were killers free
Look away, look away
Look at me

You saw the lancers ‘mid heathen hordes
Bloodstained veils and costumes of war
Hell ain’t half full boy hear me
War is the game and the god we seek

We set out as men of reason
Armed with Navy Colts
Look away, look away
Work paid in gold

But you stood witness to yourself
Our trial you did betray
Look away, look away
To judgment day

We killed in the desert we killed in the streets
We chose what shall and shall not be
We stood with pistols, fought back to back
Now you’ve stood you’re ground but what ground is that?


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    General CommentThe town is actually spelled "Natchitoches". It's in Louisiana.
    sojo666on October 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe song is from a solo album Ben did called The Last Pale Light In The West, that was all based on Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy (Great book btw.) And the town in question is Nacogdoches, TX. It is where the kid has his first encounter with Judge Holden. Some of the lyrics on this aren't exactly correct though.
    elliottjoneson November 02, 2009   Link
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    General Commentnow that I've actually read the book, I realize there IS indeed a town called 'Nacogdoches' and just sounds incredibly similar to 'Natchitoches'. whoops.
    sojo666on November 23, 2009   Link

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