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Canyon Diablo

This song was created for Game of Bands round 221 : "Only One Instrument III"

Lyrics:

Verse
So hard to build the railroad bridge
They called it the devil's canyon
No lawmen here, a town on edge,
A ghost town now abandoned

Chorus
meaner than Tombstone,
And tougher than Dodge
The Arizona tumbleweeds blow,
Gamblers, drifters, and gritty outlaws
Dwelled in Canyon Diablo
Nobody was able
to lay down the law
in this shady outpost
By the time that any
help.came at all
Everything was gone but ghosts

Verse
The center of town was called Hell Street
Gambling halls ran day and night
2000 people living in the heat
No one tells of their plight
The wild west, it was a warning
The danger was never greater
When their first lawman was sworn in
He was buried 5 hours later
Chorus
Nobody was able
to lay down the law
in this shady outpost
By the time that any
help came at all
Everything was gone but ghosts
Meaner than Tombstone,
And tougher than Dodge
The Arizona tumbleweeds blow,
Gamblers, drifters, and gritty outlaws
Died in Canyon Diablo

Verse
Five more marshals came to town
They were ready to shoot to kill
But one by one they were taken down
So many graves up on Boot Hill
Nobody's able to tame the beast
Those that tried met their fate
The townsfolk left or they became deceased
And the railroad's coming too late
Finally the army was called on in
To try and get it under control
The deadly air was always haunting
A city so full of lost souls

Chorus
Meaner than Tombstone,
And tougher than Dodge
The Arizona tumbleweeds blow,
Gamblers, drifters, and gritty outlaws
Dwelled in Canyon Diablo
Nobody was able
to lay down the law
in this shady outpost
By the time that any
help.came at all
Everything was gone but ghosts
Meaner than Tombstone,
And tougher than Dodge
The Arizona tumbleweeds blow,
Gamblers, drifters, and gritty outlaws
In Hell, Canyon Diablo
Nobody was able
to lay down the law
in this shady outpost
By the time that any
help.came at all
Everything was gone but ghosts.
[Exit]

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