The Devil of the Trail

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song lyric about a young lady named Sarah Walden, who crossed the Overland Trail

 

The Devil of the Trail

 

Back in eighteen forty-five

She left her home, Missouri.

The siren of the West

Had cast a spell,

Oregon, it told young Sarah,

Holds a piece of heaven,

But along the way to heaven,

She'd pass the gates of hell.

 

The devil of the trail

Witt bum you in the valleys,

He'll shoot from the skies

With his windblown hail,

He'll freeze your heart

With his snow-crusted mountains,

Sarah are your ready for

The devil of the trail?

 

She took off with her family

Across the barren prairie,

Past a swarming sea

...Of buffalo,

Then the devil sent them charging right

Toward their fragile wagons,

And nearly ground their dreams

Into the dusty ground below.

 

The devil of the trail,

Burns you in the valleys,

He shoots from the skies

With his windblown hail,

He freezes your heart

With his snow-crusted mountains,

Sarah, can you make it past

The devil of the trail?

 

In the fall, they wandered through

The frozen Cascade Mountains,

The winding canyons filled

Them with alarm,

Half-dead, they finally came across

A peaceful little cabin,

A grateful Sarah fell into

The lady's waiting arms.

 

The devil of the trail

Has burned you in the valleys,

He shot from the skies

With his windblown hail,

But he couldn't freeze your heart

With his snow-crusted mountains,

Sarah, you have overcome

The devil of the trail.

 

p.s. In case you are a member of a Bluegrass, Folk, or Western group (or know someone who is) and might be interested in co-writing, please let me know.  This lyric has already been recorded and released, but I have a lot that haven't. dennisgoodwin1947@gmail.com


Submitted: December 10, 2020

© Copyright 2021 Dennis L. Goodwin. All rights reserved.

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