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My Rifle, My Pony, and Me

by Samuel Stiles

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The First Song I have recorded in New Zealand!
It's been a long time coming. I have been living in New Zealand for 7 months and I came over here with only my acoustic guitar. Needless to say, I have had no outlet to make recordings up until now. It's a pretty basic setup of two tracks and an old Sanyo cassette deck found at the nearest thrift store...
Hope you enjoy this rendition of a Ricky Nelson classic.
The song simply speaks to me...especially now that I am living in a locale surrounded by mountains, glacial lakes, farms, livestock...and not that many people.
Living the simple life...South Island, New Zealand style.
Hope you enjoy.


Sun is setting in the west
The cattle go down to the stream
The redwing settles in her nest
It's time for a cowboy to dream

Purple light in the canyon
that is where I long to be
With my three good companions
just my rifle, pony, and me

Gonna hang my sombrero
on the limb of a tree
Coming home sweetheart darling
just my rifle, my pony, and me

Whippoorwill in the willow
sings a sweet melody
Riding to Amarillo
just my rifle, pony, and me

No more cows to be ropin'
No more strays will I see
'round the bend shell be waitin
Just my rifle, pony, and me
Just my rifle, my pony, and me


released August 1, 2011
Samuel Stiles: Croons and plays a Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar.




Samuel Stiles Chicago, Illinois

You can take the man out of New Orleans, but
You can't take the New Orleans out of the man.
Life has taken me all over the world...including a stint living in New Zealand.
Some may know me as Matt Martin...
You may have known me by my past and present musical works:
Amerigo, World Leader Pretend, Andy Wagner, Theresa Andersson, Steve Eck, Rachel Ries, and Still Machine.
This site=My New Music.
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