Listen to You and the Buffalo

This song doesn’t get a lot of exposure these days, but it used to be part of every set. I played it in Shoobachs, I played it in Stick Men, I played it in Howdy, I played it in Masters and Hardin. That’s a lot of mileage for one awkward liberal-guilt metaphor.

Bonus audio: Here’s handsome Wayne Gottstine‘s version of this song, from the 2005 I Wish I Wrote That show.

You and the Buffalo – Wayne Gottstine


You and the Buffalo
© 1989 Bryan Masters

G  Em  C  D  G  Em  C  D

 G                    Am        C         G  Em  G  Em  
You used to roam and rule this land like royalty
 G                   Am        C    G  Em  G  Em  
'Til I demanded your pledge of hand
   G                Am
I guess I didn't think it through
      C                       D
'Til piece by piece I started losing you

G  Em  C  D  G  Em  C  D

        G                Am      C           G  Em  G  Em  
Just a few short years ago your smile still shone
G                   Am      C       G  Em  G  Em  
I guess I gradually took it for my own
       G               Am
Like only two hundred years ago
       C                          D
this prairie was the land of the buffalo
      C                     D              G
'Til somebody crowded them out like I did you

Em  C  D  G  Em  C  D

        Am                    D
And I guess this time you're finally gone for good
G             Em
You and the buffalo
Am               D
I didn't see it coming like I should
G             D
You and the buffalo
 Am           C             D
Left in the night without saying a word
Em              Am
Gone like the great herd
      C                 D                   G  Em
Does anybody know where you and the buffalo go?
      C                 D                   G
Does anybody know where you and the buffalo go?

Em G  Em  G  Em  G  Em

I can't get used to the sound of an empty room
Like a night on the prairie,
quiet as the moon
What happened to that joyful sound
Of life in the air when you were still around
Well that's one thing only you and the buffalo know

Bryan Masters Music/ASCAP