While I don’t have the best voice and I’m a hack on the guitar, I enjoy the challenge of songwriting, telling a story within the boundaries of the music. It’s a relief valve that allows me to focus on something different on those days when I’m trudging through my regularly scheduled programming.
The following video is a song I wrote entitled, The Revolver in Your Hand, also known as Two Guns, by whom I’m not sure. It considers the law and a man’s life in relation to it. It was inspired by the same Louis L’Amour character this website is named after, the Mora Gunfighter, better known as Tyrel Sackett. An outlaw-turned-lawman. He confesses that there’s a slinger in us all, that is a sinner, an outlaw, and then asks will you be a Hickok of a Hardin? Will you be covered by the pall? In other words, will you repent of your outlaw ways and live within the Law (let the Christian understand it as the Law of love in Christ).
There is an autobiographical inspiration as well, which ties into why I’m fond of the Mora gunfighter literary reference to my name. I had two father figures during my childhood days in Wyoming. My dad and step-dad. My dad was what you might consider an outlaw, while my step-dad, was literally a lawman, a sheriff in as wild west a place as you can get, Sweetwater county. With these two contrasting influences in my life I look back and see that I had two guns from which to draw in the showdown of life. The lawman’s or the outlaw’s.
The lyrics are posted below the video.
The Revolver in Your Hand
The revolver in your hand defines the man. Determines where you stand and where you fall. The gunpowder residue will harken to your call. Are you within or outside of the law?
Two guns, which one do you draw? The revolver in your hand defines the man.
So clear that iron son and declare who you’ve become. I’m a Mora gunfighter ’cause there’s a slinger in us all. Are you a Hickok or a Hardin with your name up on the wall? No man’s bullet proof or teen feet tall. Hammers drop on everyone, will you be covered by the pall?
The revolver in your hand defines the man. Two guns, which one do you… Draw!