Big Splash

 

He made a big splash in a small pond

He made some real cash before they all caught on

He made them all think what they did was wrong

He made a big splash and he was gone

 

It was the forty fifth day alone out on the road

Each night the stop was different from where he rose

And the likes of this he had never seen before

The law was coming for him and his wretched 44

 

Jimmy used to think the running made you strong

That’s the way he’d always heard it in the outlaw songs

But the life out on the lam had only ground him down

No time for singing or drinking or sleeping in any town

 

He made a big splash in a small pond

He made some real cash before they all caught on

He made them all think that banks were all built strong

He made a big splash and he was gone

 

He met a girl that knew nothing about what he’d done

Loretta saw a man who was clearly on the run

He stopped to think that maybe there was something in her eyes

Finished his drink and headed out for another evening ride

 

The end game was to get to the Louisiana Delta

Work a freighter for a while and disappear into Barcelona

After twenty one hundred miles he couldn’t stop thinking

Was the glory of it all worth in trade for what he’d been risking

 

He made a big splash in a small pond

He made some real cash before they all caught on

He made them all drink his special liquid sun

He made a big splash and he was gone

 

He worked for 10 long years alone on his master plan

He’d figured when he was done he’d clear 100 grand

Ain’t it funny how some work so hard for such easy money

When it all falls out there’s never much in that pot o’ honey

 

When they found Jimmy on the banks of the great Mississippi

His scalp was gone - the money and the gun were missing

The scar on his back matched the poster description where a bullet had struck

We’ll never know why some work so hard for all their bad luck

 

He made a big splash in a small pond

He made some real cash before they all caught on

He made them all think what they did was wrong

He made a big splash and he was gone

He made a big splash in a small pond

He grabbed up all the cash and headed out of town

He saddled up that horse for 80 rides or so

He died with a clear view of where all schemers go