Who Sang South Coast? Tom Russell

Release information
Writer(s): Frank Miller, Lillian Bos Ross, Richard Dehr, Sam Eskin
Release Date: 1997
length: 6:11
Some other versions of "South Coast"

Lyrics
My name is Juanano de Castro
My father was a Spanish Grandee
But I won my wife in a card game
To hell with those lords o'er the sea

Well the South Coast is wild coast and lonely
You might win in a game at Cholon
But a lion still rules the Barranca
And a man there is always alone

I played in a card game at Jolon
I played there with an outlaw named Juan
And after I'd taken his money
I staked all against his daughter Dawn
I picked up the ace...l had won her
My heart it was down at my feet
Jumped up to my throat in a hurry
Like a young summer's day she was sweet
He opened the door to the kitchen
And he called the girl out with a curse
Saying "Take her, Goddamn her, you've won her
She's yours now for better or worse"
Her arms had to tighten around me
As we rode down the hills to the south
Not a word did I hear from her that day
Nor a kiss from her pretty young mouth
But that was a gay happy winter
We carved on a cradle of pine
By the fire in that neat little cabin
And I sang with that gay wife of mine

Well the South Coast is wild coast and lonely
You might win in a game at Cholon
But a lion still rules the Barranca
And a man there is always alone

That night I got hurt in a landslide
Crushed hip and twice broken bone
She saddled her pony like lightning
And rode off for the doctor in Cholon
The lion screamed in the Barranca
Buck, he bolted and he fell on his side
My young wife lay dead in the moonlight
My heart died that night with my bride

Well the South Coast is wild coast and lonely
You might win in a game at Cholon
But a lion still rules the Barranca
And a man there is always alone

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Rambler, Gambler
  • 2 The Banks of the Musselshell
  • 3 Dance Hall Girls
  • 4 The Sky Above, the Mud Below (live)
  • 5 Hallie Lonnigan
  • 6 South Coast
  • 7 Gallo Del Cielo
  • 8 Alkali
  • 9 The Ballad of William Sycamore
  • 10 The John Bull Tin
  • 11 Claude Dallas
  • 12 Rayburn Crane
  • 13 El Llano Estacado
  • 14 Navajo Rug
  • 15 Prairie in the Sky

  • Release information
    label: HMG
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 012928250122
    script: Latin