"Sin Nombre" as written by and Roger Meade/naffah Clyne....
Road hard and I put up wet, been down but I can't get up yet
It's a long ride back to the way I want to feel
Sun down across the plain, I've bee sore before I'll be sore again
No place to hide to keep from runnin'
Laid down in the cotton wood hollow though I left a trail that no man could follow,
Is it safe to rest my head again till morning
Cracked throat, my canteen's dry
Rain won't fall from an empty sky, so I whisper Hail Marys till the sun comes up

Now don't tell me that part of the story when the cowboy falls in love
When he traded in his pistol and his saddle and the stars above
When the candles burnin' down, when midnight comes around
Know the best that we could hope for is to be laughin' when we finally hit the ground

Road hard come down tired, strip from the saddle when the rifle fired,
Deep in dreams of women and clean water
Well I did before what I'll do again
So forgive me father if I have sinned, but the old wood cracks before it bends

Now don't tell me that part of the story when the cowboy falls in love
When he traded in his pistol and his saddle and the stars above
When the candles burnin' down, when midnight comes around
Know the best that we could hope for is to be laughin' when we finally hit the ground

Now don't tell me that part of the story when the cowboy falls in love
When he traded in his pistol and his saddle and the stars above
When the candles burnin' down, when midnight comes around
Know the best that we could hope for is to be laughin'
When we finally hit the ground


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"Sin Nombre" as written by Brian Blush Arthur "buddy" Edwards

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    General CommentThe translation for the song title is "No Name," without a name, nameless.

    "Put up wet" refers to riding a horse "hard" to exhaustion and putting him up "wet," rather than brushing him off and cooling him down as should be done.

    To me this song is about living a life that you love, in this case that of a cowboy even though it's the hard life. It sounds as if he's being chased in the song, as well, and I would think that he's just longing for an easier, "better" life except the chorus makes me think otherwise. The chorus seems to be alluding to a cowboy who's surrendered his wild and restless heart, and the life so loved by the singer, in favor of the less worthy love of a woman.
    reinha28on October 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure I quite finished my interpretation. I left out my favorite line, that being the end of the chorus, "the best that we can hope for is to be laughing when we finally hit the ground." As long as you can die happy doing what you want to be doing then, well, you win. That's the best that anyone can ask for is to be happy when they die.

    Or perhaps just to be so hard-headed as to arrogantly laugh in the face of death.
    reinha28on October 18, 2006   Link

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