Palo Duro

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Story of Quannah Parker and Iron Shirt's Comanche's and Kiowas and Col. MacKenzie's 4th US Cavalry battle.


Palo Duro by Kiya Heartwood
Capo 3 Cut capo 5
Dm C
I woke up from the same dream
Dm C
I watch them as they fall
the pile of dead stood as high
as three grown men tall
Dm C
Buckskins, paints, blacks and roans
Dm C
We shot them as they ran
I know its how we won the war
and how we all were damned

Am G Dm
Palo Duro

My name is Lieutenant Lawton of the 4th Calvary
I served the fighting Colonel Ranald S MacKenzie
Chasing Comanches and Kiowas back up to Ft Sill
To stop the raids and killings
and break the hostiles will

We tied a Comanchero to a wagon wheel
out in the blazing sun
He told our scouts their winter camp
was in the Palo Duro Canyon
When we came down
Our horses hooves
were masked by the buffalo grass
The warriors tried to make a stand
but it would be their last
This is how the West was won
G Dm
How the land was cleared
Our guns were hot, the air was thick
G Dm
with the smell of blood and fear
We burn their blankets and their stores
Shot the ponies while they ran
We couldn’t take the chance
They would steal them back again

Palo Duro
Palo Duro

They say that pile of bitter bones
Bleached away the tears
The cowboys stop
and mark the cost
that cleared the last frontier
But when the moon is hunter high
And mountains start to chill
The ghost Comanche horses run
and I know they always will

Palo Duro
Palo Duro

Love Everybody. Write Great Songs. Raise Hell.


from Palo Duro, released January 1, 2016




Kiya Heartwood Austin, Texas

Award winning singer/songwriter Kiya Heartwood’s music is described as “soulful confessions, political broadside and a wicked groove. She is a storyteller and a poet with a rock and roll edge and a folk sensibility. Heartwood’s 2012 solo album, Bold Swimmer, garnered rave reviews from serious music aficionados. Kiya makes her happy home in Austin,TX. ... more

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