Cultivating Crime

from by Joseph Bradshaw

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There’s a place in my mind for cultivating crime

Where the ghosts of my past don’t seem so far behind
Though I am a young man, appearing gentle and kind
There’s a place in my mind for cultivating crime

Amarillo Cindy was a sight to behold
Her faults were often pretty, her hate was always cold
Her charms they were a plenty, but evil was her row
She turned tricks and stole for money, and she dragged me down a hole

She said, “Do you love me?” I said, “I don’t know.”
“Well, you know that I’m leaving, though I’ve got nowhere to go.
“I’m all you ever wanted, and I’m opening the door.”

So, I threw her out the window, and Cindy was no more.


Heading down the highway without a nickel to my name
Desperate men do desperate things, but I know I am to blame
I went from a decent man to an outlaw on the run
And Cindy’s there to meet me at every setting sun

Now I’m stuck in Huntsville, no more to see the sky
My hands are chained and bound, my sentence is to die
Although my life is over, I do not have a care
You see, cultivating crime is a curious affair



from Yucca Gold, released June 10, 2016
Guitars, Vocals: Joseph Bradshaw
Background Vocals: Casey Chambers
Bass: John Spiker
Drums: James McCalister
Steel Guitar: Christopher Wray

Words and Music by Joseph Bradshaw & Christopher Wray
Recorded by John Spiker & Christopher Wray



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