Never Better Than Later
Never Better Than Later As a kid, stories and heroes were simpler I still remember having cowboys over for dinner almost every night They were wild and free, honest and brave They honored their word, if they gave it, They might get bushwhacked, they might get surprised But in the end, they always came out on top. Every night before bed time, they rode into my living room The black and white TV came alive with gallant horseback riding heroes, Admired by townsfolk and rancher's daughters alike But cowboy heroes don't settle down They live life on their own terms; They are wild and free As I grew older, a cowboy's life, it seems, got more complicated white hats and black hats were not so easy to see They didn't always mean what Roy Rogers and Gene Autry said they did; nowadays Sometimes a gun doesn't care who it kills and Sometimes the range isn't so easy or free A lot more like real life; fully nuanced and in color Never Better Than Later is my ode to the Old West and some interesting parts just East of the Old West Songs about cowboys, indians and miners Tall tales told of lives not so simple as the ones of my childhood TV heroes. They're still elemental, though, like a rough cut diamond, They've grown full of interesting facets worth exploring. Some reflect more light, some remain more hidden in shadow But They are all stories worth listening to... And like a good whiskey, or a well trained cutting horse, they just get more interesting with age and complexity And in my memory, they're still wild and free.