Lives of the Cowboys Script
Saturday, January 1, 2005
Sue Scott: Time now for...THE LIVES OF THE COWBOYS... brought to you by Vaya
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And now, here's today's story.
(HORSE WHINNIES, OUTDOOR AMBIANCE, CATTLE)
Garrison Keillor: How you feeling, Dusty? (STIRRING) You almost done with that
hangover? I'm making chicken soup, you care for some?
Tim Russell: Ohhhhh. I can't handle the joie de vivre like I useta,
that's for sure.
GK: Haven't you read about the dangers of drinking?
TR: I have. And it led me to give up reading.
GK: Person oughta learn from experience.
TR: You have to remember it to learn from it. All I remember
is that I was singing and people were walking in the other direction. And
then I stuck a quarter in a scale and I was shocked to see that I weigh
15 minutes. It was a parking meter.
GK: What were you singing?
TR: What's the name of that flower with the thorns?
GK: What song is that? Never heard it.
TR: How do you know you never heard it, you don't even know
what it is.
GK: That's why I don't know what it is, I never heard it.
TR: It's a flower with thorns.
TR: Right! I was singing "Give Me The Roses While I Live".
GK: They were probably going out to look for thorns.
TR: And now I got this huge champagne hangover. The Wrath
of Grapes. (GROAN) What kind of soup you say that was?
TR: The last soup you made tasted of soap.
GK: I reached for the cheese and got soap instead. It was a dark
TR: It was an even darker day the next day when the soap took
GK: Who's this coming? (HORSE HOOVES GALLOPING INTO CAMP) (SS
WHOA, HORSE WHINNIES) (FOOTSTEPS)
GK: Evening, ma'am.
GK: M'name's Lefty, and this here is Dusty.
TR: Pleased t'make your acquaintance, I'm sure, and cordial
best wishes for a prosperous New Year and my regards to your mother and
SS: Thank you very much.
TR: Not to be impertinent, ma'am, but don't I recognize you
from the New Year's Eve party at the Yellow Springs Saloon weren't
you the girl in the swing? I believe I slipped a ten under your garter belt.
SS: No. But I feel like I've met your pardner here.
GK: No, ma'am. Dusty is the socialite. I like to stay with the herd.
SS: Why is that?
GK: Once you go into town and you feel the warmth of society and
conversation, it feels all the more lonely out on the trail.
SS: How come you're a cowboy if it's so lonely?
GK: Ignorance. Poor career counseling.
TR: It's all he knows how to do. He applied for a job in telephone
sales once and they said he smelled too bad.
SS: I don't think you smell bad at all. I think you smell very
GK: Well, I appreciate that, ma'am
SS: A woman misses that, living in town among all those lawyers and
accountants men with their citrusy aftershaves.
TR: I thought women liked citrusy aftershaves.
SS: They're disgusting.
TR: Those men are wearing citrusy aftershaves for the sake
SS: Women like the smell of sweat on a man. Women like an
GK: You care for a bowl of soap, ma'am bowl of soup, pardon me
SS: And you cook too, huh? Sure. I'd love a bowl of your soup, mister.
GK: I'll get you one. (FOOTSTEPS. SOME DISH CLATTER. SILVERWARE.
SPLOSH OF SOUP IN BOWL)
TR (SOTTO): You gonna ask her for a date?
GK: A date to do what? Go look at sagebrush?
TR (SOTTO): Take her dancing in town. It's only fifteen miles
GK: I wouldn't get back until 5 in the morning.
TR (SOTTO): Six or seven with any luck, pardner.
GK: And then be on the trail all day with 500 longhorns?
TR (SOTTO): Some things are worth suffering for.
GK: I donno.
TR: If you take her to town, look out for the place up the
trail where I barked up my cookies a few miles back
GK: Never mind. (FOOTSTEPS) Here you go, ma'am. Hope you enjoy it.
SS: How long have you and he been partners?
GK: Long time. Thirty years I guess. I was in town one night and
met this girl and talked to her about maybe going for a walk with me and
she thought that was something she might like to do and then it turned out
she had a boyfriend. Or a guy who considered himself a boyfriend.
SS: What happened?
GK: Well, I had to fight him, of course, and I hurt him worse than
I expected to, and felt bad about it, he looked so pitiful lying on the
ground, and I nursed him back to health, and by then I discovered he wasn't
so bright, and I felt responsible for him. You ever read "Of Mice and Men"?
SS: George and Lennie?
GK: Us in a nutshell. (FOOTSTEPS APPROACH)
TR: So how is that soup, Miss? Don't taste soapy, does it?
SS: Nope, it's good.
GK: You care for a bowl, pardner?
TR: Don't mind if I do.
GK: I'll be right back. (FOOTSTEPS AWAY)
TR: Lefty, he's quite a cook. Learned it in the state prison.
They try'n teach em a trade. Yeah. That's where I met him. He was in for
embezzlement or something. Impersonating an officer. I forget. Little puny
guy with glasses. I felt honor-bound to come to his rescue. People were
walking all over him. I had to beat up a couple guys, but I didn't mind,
I was good with my fists. Stood up for him until we were released. We've
been pardners ever since. He's soft in the head, I'm not sure you noticed.
His mind drifts. You ever read that book, "Of Mice and Men"?
SS: George and Lennie.
TR: Lefty's got a thing about cats. It's pitiful actually.
I've got to watch him every minute. Shhhh. (FOOTSTEPS APPROACH)
GK: Here's your soup, pardner.
TR: Thanks. Looks good. (TASTES SOUP) Don't taste soapy at
all. It needs a little salt, though.
GK: You want me to get you the salt?
TR: No, I'll get it. (FOOTSTEPS) (OFF) Be right back.
GK: How's that soup?
SS: It's good. You sorta look to me like the kind of guy who likes
GK: I can't stand cats.
SS: You don't care for cats?
GK: No, ma'am. He tell you that?
SS: You ever do time in prison?
GK: No, ma'am.
SS: Not that I have anything against ex-cons.
GK: Of course not. You're not really taking a survey on trail usage,
are you, ma'am?
GK: I didn't think so.
SS: I'm just trying to meet someone.
GK: Who you trying to meet?
SS: A man who smells -- manly. No citrusy aftershave. A man who smells
of sweat. An active man.
GK: Well, I guess you found him, Miss what did you say your name
SS: I didn't.
GK: I see. Don't mean to pry.
SS: Good. I'd rather not tell you my name. Until I know you better.
SS: I've got a problem with commitment.
GK: I see.
SS: I prefer a loose relationship. A night, a week, whatever feels
GK: Men have long dreamed of finding a woman like you.
SS: Let's just play it by ear.
SS: That isn't a guitar you're holding, is it?
GK: It is.
SS: I can't believe it. I always dreamed of meeting a guitarist who
smelled like a real man.
You're the cream in my coffee
SS: You are so talented.
You're the salt in my stew
You will always be my necessity, I'd be lost without you.
You're the cinch on my saddle,
SS: You have a beautiful voice and I love the way you and your guitar
seem well, as one.
You're the bird in my tree,
You will always be my necessity, I'd be lost without thee.
When men ride hosses,
SS: I love this song. I could listen to this song over and over and
And they feel nauseous,
They love their sauces,
And you're my Worcestershire, dear.
You're the tines on my pitchfork,
You're the blade on my plow,
You will always be my necessity, I'd be lost without thou.
I've got to say, dear,
SS: That was so beautiful.
I've lost my way, dear,
Don't need an -ism,
Need a trail and you're my Chisholm.
You're the zip in my zipper,
You're the lace in my shoe.
You will always be my necessity, I'd be lost without you.
GK: Where'd Dusty go to?
SS: The moment you started singing, he started walking that way.
GK: It's envy. And he's not right in the head, you know. (THEME)
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