Outlaw Pete

Album: Working on a Dream (2009)
  • He was born a little baby on the Appalachian Trail
    At six months old he'd done three months in jail
    Here at the bank in his diapers and his little bare baby feet
    All he said was "Folks, my name is Outlaw Pete."

    I'm Outlaw Pete!
    I'm Outlaw Pete!
    Can you hear me?

    At twenty-five a mustang pony he did steal
    And they rode around and 'round on heaven's wheel
    Father Jesus, I'm an outlaw killer and a thief
    And I slowed down on Lee and I saw my grief

    I'm Outlaw Pete!
    I'm Outlaw Pete!
    Can you hear me?

    They cut his trail of tears across the countryside
    And where he went, when he wept and died
    One night he woke from a vision of his own death
    Saddled his pony and rode her deep into the West
    Married a Navajo girl and settled down on the res
    And as the smooth 'fairy' he held that beautiful daughter to his chest

    I'm Outlaw Pete!
    I'm Outlaw Pete!
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me?

    Out of the East on an Irish stallion came Bounty Hunter Dan
    His heart quickened and burned by the need to get his man
    He found Pete peacefully fishing by the river, pulled his gun and got the ???
    He said, "Pete, you think you've changed, but you have not."
    He cocked his pistol, pulled the trigger and shot him 'let it start'
    He drew a knife from his boot and pierced him through the heart
    Dan smiled as he laid in his own blood dying in the sun
    And whispered in Pete's ear, "We cannot undue these things we've done."

    You're Outlaw Pete!
    You're Outlaw Pete!
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me?

    For forty days and nights Pete rode and did not stop
    Till he sat high upon an icy mountain top
    He watched the hawk on a desert ??? slip and slide
    Moved to the edge and dug his spurs deep into his bony side

    Some say Pete and his pony vanished over the edge
    Some say they remain frozen high upon that icy ledge
    The young Navajo girl washes in the river, skin so fair
    And braids a piece of Pete's buckskin chaps into her hair

    Outlaw Pete!
    Outlaw Pete!
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me?
    Can you hear me? Writer/s: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 4

  • Marty from Milwaukee, Widerek, bruce's voice is still awesome and he still sounds better than people half his age.
  • Brian from Chicago Area, IlAbout 10 seconds of this song contains the hook from "I Was Made For Loving You" by KISS. At approx. 3:25 in the track, the strings are playing the hook from the KISS tune.
  • Derek from Worcter, Maits sad now cuz bruce is such an awsome singer song writer and musitian but as he gets older his voice isnt as "flexible" and he has all these great new songs that he cant push to there unusualy high potential
  • Cher from Carleton Place, Oni adore the way bruce sings this song with soul
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