Shades Of Gray

from Cry Cry Cry

We made Oklahoma a little after three
Randy his brother Bob in my old GMC
We had some moonshine whiskey
Some of Bob's homegrown
We were so messed up we didn't know if we were drunk or stoned
Randy was a sad sack tall kinda frail
Bob was a ravin' maniac, crazier than hell
They'd been kicked outta high school several years ago
For kickin' over porta-cans at the 4H rodeo
Since then they done their little dance right outside the law
Popped twice in Oklahoma and once in Arkansas
And I don't know what possessed me to want to tag along
Cause I was raised a Christian and I knew right from wrong

Right or wrong black or white
Cross the line you're gonna pay
In the dawn before the light
Live or die by shades of gray

We stole two charolais heifers
From Randy's sweetheart's pa
And sold them at the livestock sales outside of Wichita
We got nine hundred dollars and never did suspect
The world of hurt we'd be in once we cashed that check

Next day we heard the story on the local radio
And made our plans that very night to go to Mexico
And I swear we would've made it if it wasn't for the shine

I got sick about the time we crossed that Kansas line

Right or wrong black or white
Cross the line you're gonna pay
In the dawn before the light
Live or die by shades of gray

I was lying in the bar ditch praying I would die
When a light came on above us
And a voice called from the sky
A half dozen unmarked cards came screeching to a halt
They grabbed Bob he started screaming that it was my fault
There were men and dogs and helicopters flying all around
They had the brothers on the pickup hood
And me on the ground
Then Bob flew all to pieces but Randy he held tight
When a black man in a suit and tie stepped into the light
He told his men to turn us loose
And they put down their guns
He said these are just some sorry kids
They ain't the ones

Right or wrong black or white
Cross the line you're gonna pay
In the dawn before the light
Live or die by shades of gray

They left us by the roadside downhearted and alone
Randy got behind the wheel said boys I'm going home
So we turned round and faced our fate hung over but alive
On that morning Oklahoma late April ninety five

updated: 4 years ago