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Now He's Just Dust In The Wind

This song is by Ramblin' Jack Elliott and appears on the album The Long Ride (1999).

Out in the state of west Texas
Old cowboys, they all gathered 'round
A family of friends from all over
To spread his ashes around

In the stirrups his boots were tied backwards
Buell led his horse up the trail
You had to be there, he was cast in the air
I'll remember the rest of my days

Way out in that desert terrain
They scattered his ashes on the plains
On a painted plateau, we had to let go
Of a man we were all glad to know

Cowboy Franky played fiddle
He had a great tear in his eye
A friend, he had gone but he picked his own home
A god place to rest when he died

Now he's just dist in the wind
He'd been every place that I've been
In spite of injustice he always stood tall
He'd a done it all over again

He was not a man of great fortune
Born of a mixture in race
French and Indian, Irish and black
He was slighted by all in disgrace

As a playwright his friend addressed the troubles of men
He won a great prize of his day
But his true friends were always the cowboys
You heard nothing from them but their praise

The song that was sung was one of farewell
Goodbye to the friend we'd known well
A great man had died in west Texas
Gone to heaven from a life lived in hell

The cowboys' lament to his spirit
So moved me Icould not speak a word
Dust in the wind is what he became
I'll never forget what I heard

Now he's just dust in the wind
He'd been every place that I've been
In spite of injustice he always stood tall
He'd a done it all over again

Written by:

Roy Rogers; Ramblin' Jack Elliott