The Lives of the Cowboys, October 29, 2011

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The Lives of the Cowboys

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(WESTERN THEME)

TR: THE LIVES OF THE COWBOYS....brought to you by Colorado Springs.....the mattress that gives you a more restful sleep out on the trail-----

(HORSES' HOOVES)

TR: Well, here we are. Cripple Creek, Colorado. I got no idea why we are here but here we are.

GK: I know. It's crazy. But I had to see her one more time.

TR: Evelyn Beebalo. I'm sick of hearing about her. You and her broke up long ago. Get over it.

GK: Just want to lay eyes on her one more time.

TR: Why? Find someone else.

GK: There is no one else.

TR: Then marry her.

GK: Can't. I'm not the right one for her.

TR: Cause you're a cowboy.

GK: Right.

TR: And because you're a cowboy you're lonesome all the time and that's why you can't forget her.

GK: That's it.

TR: That is a vicious circle.

GK: Well, let's head for the saloon, Dusty. Get this over with.

TR: I thought she ran the library.

GK: The library is above the saloon.

(MUSIC BRIDGE)

(INTERIOR BAR)

SS (BARMAID): Okay, boys. Welcome to the Cripple Creek Saloon. Belly up to the bar. Just remember I got four rules. No shooting in the saloon. No spitting. If you fight, there's no throwing the other guy over the bar. And no riding a horse into the saloon. Okay? What can I bring you?

TR: Bring me a bottle of your best rotgut whiskey.

SS (BARMAID): You want single rot?

TR: Fine.

SS (BARMAID): You, sir?

GK: Sarsaparilla with a cherry.

SS (BARMAID): Pardon me?

GK: Sarsaparilla with a cherry.

SS (BARMAID): Sarsaparilla with a cherry!!!???

(FOOTSTEPS, SLOW, HEAVY)

FN: I believe I heard someone order a sarsaparilla with a cherry. Am I right or did I just imagine that?

GK: I ordered it.

FN: Sarsaparilla with a cherry.

GK: That is correct. I just happen to like the taste of it.

FN: You're not from around here are you.

GK: I'm a cowboy. I'm not from around anywhere.

FN: I never knew a cowboy to order a sarsaparilla with a cherry. Sarsaparilla with a lemon, yes. Sarsaparilla with a walnut, maybe. Sarsaparilla with a cherry, no.

GK: Well, life has just provided you with a new experience, mister.

(FOOTSTEPS)

SS: Hi Billy. Sorry I took so long. Had to lock up the library.

FN: That's okay, sweetheart. It was worth the wait.

GK: Evelyn!

SS: Lefty---- it's you.

GK: Good to see you, Evelyn.

FN: What's going on here?

SS: What brings you to Cripple Creek?

GK: Wanted to come and see you.

SS: Well, I'm honored.

FN: What is going on here???

GK: How've you been?

SS: I like it here. For the most part.

GK: Beautiful mountains.

SS: I got the poem you wrote for me, by the way.

GK: Oh good.

FN: LISTEN TO ME. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?

SS: I loved the lines----
When my body and your body lie
Under a white cotton sky
And your pale radiance shines
Moving this heart of mine.....
And ---- well, you remember the rest of it.

FN: He wrote you that? Huh?

GK: So is this guy your boyfriend now?

SS: I love you, Lefty. But you weren't ready to settle down. So I've moved on. I didn't want to move on, Lefty. But you weren't ready----

GK: You did the right thing.

SS: Have you moved on, Lefty?

GK: I'm doing my best, Evelyn.

FN: Hey, you.

GK: Me?

FN: You. The Sarsaparilla Kid. What you doing with my girl? Take your hand off her.

SS: He's a friend, Billy.

FN: Only a friend?

SS: Only a friend.

GK: Only a friend??? Evelyn-----

SS: A good friend. A beautiful friend.

FN: You and me, Evelyn--- we make quite a pair. You've made me very very happy. Last Saturday night especially. Boy O boy O boy.

SS: Oh hush. So you're still on the road, huh?

FN: You talking to me?

SS: I'm talking to Lefty.

GK: Still on the road. Like a tumbling tumbleweed.

SS: Oh I love that song. We used to dance to that song. Remember? In Durango that time?

GK: I remember that night. The night of shooting stars.

FN: Funny you should mention shooting----

SS: It was in the fall and we were drinking a bottle of red wine and that little cowboy band The Drifters was playing....

GK: And we wrapped our arms around each other and we slow danced around and around.

SS: In the cigarette smoke and the neon glow and the faces of all those people----

GK: All those people looking at us. Remembering what it was like to feel that way.

SS: HEY JOE. PLAY "TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS" ON THE JUKEBOX.

GK: I love this song.

FN: No dancing. You hear me? No dancing.

TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS

SS: I love you, Lefty. I'll always love you.

FN: I heard that. Get away from him. (GUNSHOTS)

SS: DON'T SHOOT YOUR GUN AT THE CEILING!!! MY LIBRARY IS UP THERE! You idiot!

FN: I don't care about books. (GUNSHOTS)

SS: DON'T SHOOT THE BOOKS.

FN LAUGHS

(SHE SWINGS, KONK. FN GROANS AND FALLS)

TR: Hey, you decked him. Billy the Kid. He's down for the count. Way to go, lady.

GK: I never saw you hit anybody before, Evelyn.

SS: You better go before he wakes up.

GK: Goodbye. Hope to see you again.

SS: I hope so too. Soon. Very soon. (WESTERN THEME)

SS: THE LIVES OF THE COWBOYS.....brought to you by Santa Fe Brand Suspension Saddle. With electric vibrator. It stimulates circulation on long rides....and it feels good too.

(THEME OUT)

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