Heroes And Heroines
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Heroes and heroines, are scarcer than they've ever been,
So much more to lose, than when;
The distance never greater
Way back when you made history
By flyin' planes across the sea, embarking on your odyssey,
You put away the danger.

Heaven blesssed the one who flies, a pioneer on frontier skies
The world was dark and your only mark was the light of the northern star.
I imagine what was in your eyes, the seeds of rust and days gone by
Your wings hang in a gallowy sky
I wonder how you're flyin'

Way out on the western plains, the snow drifts high and the dust wind burns
The chinooks blow their winds across the mountains.
A life that's never safe and dry, rodeos and ridin' high
Ladies and their men get by, on six guns and white lightnin'.
Heaven blessed them on the road, the scriptures and their dreams of gold
The world was wild and a cowboy's song coudl span the whole horizon
I imagine what was in yoru eyes, the dust and the dirt under outlaw skies
A piece of land and a stubborn mind were the only things worth havin'.

Now they say the moon is just an ash, and California's made of cash
We're waitin' for those hills to crash into the sparklin' waters
Rain and snow and sun and wind, you roam the earth and you spread your ways
Long ago when my heroes' dreams belonged to all God's creatures.
Heaven bless the ones who sleep, the ones who laugh and the ones who weep
Heaven bless the ones who keep their bearing strong and certain
And lord help the fool who said, you better quit while you're ahead
A dreamer born is a hero bred on earth and up in heaven.
And lord help the fool who said you better quit while you're ahead
A dreamer born is a hero bred on earth and up in heaven.

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