Be Love Not Fear (2013)

15. The Coward Howard Lee

Be Love Not Fear





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Music: Cullah - "The Coward Howard Lee" on "Be Love Not Fear" (
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back in 1843

there was a cowboy named Howard Lee

who was known to everyone

to act quite especially cowardly


one brisk day

quite brisk for the south

he had a few too many drinks

started runnin his mouth


on this same day i walked into a cantina

asked for a whiskey on the rocks

Howard Lee turned right towards me

started poking fun at my red socks


i in turn turned towards him to tell him

"they were a gift from the misses"

"and if you keep on talking

"you'll join your wet friends the fishes"


Lee seemed to not like this

almost as much as i disliked him

and almost on a whim i thought

i ought to brace myself for a flying limb


and whatdo you know

i knew Lee'd throw his fist

miss and fall down on the ground

with a sound like a floppin fish


but Lee got up real fast

faster than a man could blink

but he had his back towards me

told the bartender,"i need another drink"


"oh what a drunken fool" i said to myself in a real hush

and Lee turned around sober as a judge so fast

youd think hes a prospector

and i was a gold rush


and right then and there i knew

The coward Howard Lee

seemed to have been scheming

a plan most cowardly


before i knew it

i had a sharp pain in my side

it seemed my life was ending

in such vain and so little pride


i heard the angel's voices

like trumpets in the sky

i saw the lights on top of their head

i heard their hue and cry


they said "oh cullah don't you fret

it aint time to say goodbye

we aint here for you

were here for that other guy"



*not finished*

slowly the world i had just left

started coming back to me

everything became clear

the moment i saw howard lee was near


i got up off the floorboards

wiped the blood from my brow

tapped howard lee on his shoulder

and asked him "how strong you feelin now?"


i cut up into his face

with a punch backed by angel grace

the coward howard lee

was the 

oh you coward howard lee

dont you know you to never mess with me