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His heart comprehended but his tongue was so tied
Though he deeply felt love all he managed was sighs
Inarticulate man out riding the range
All day he ached for her; drove him dag-near insane

She longed for poems that intertwined moon and June
His affections he shouted by sleeping like spoons
Her disappointment was deep burden to bear
Thought by working harder she’d know how much he cared

The simplest of men, was our straight-shooting Joe
Little filly rode bareback at strange rodeos
His heart was broken and his spirit near crushed
When she asked for forgiveness into her arms he rushed

He swore to do better and change his tongue-tied ways
He bought her carnations and deep in her eyes gazed
Though he’d taken her back in the wink of an eye
When he’d said he’d forgived her he knew that he’d lied

They hobbled along like a horse that was lame
Figured with enough time he’d forget feelings of shame
He still loved his lady but his trust was now dead
Not very long till she was out there hopping beds

Again, she found a man who was dandy and sweet
He gave her his best right there in his backseat
Rustling cowboy and her rode off into sunset
Left poor Joe alone with their sons and tears he wept

Just three boys left together, though one of ems grown
Wrecked em? Near killed em when she shattered their home
Joe stumbled dazedly with feelings sad and blue
Not long fore he realized his sons felt great loss too

So, by his worn bootstraps old Joe pulled himself up
Despite his deep hurting he’d regained his pluck
It was ten years ago Joe became single dad
Bond forged with his sons became ironclad

Through lonely, Plain States dark nights Joe held his head high
Of pain and anger I never once heard him cry
Salt of the earth fellow who played cards he was dealt
It was through his actions Joe expressed how he felt

His heart comprehended but his tongue was so tied
Though he deeply felt love all he managed was sighs
Inarticulate man out riding the range
Not a soul in this world whose place he would exchange

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