Buffalo Bull

winter in Wyoming / two-thirty A.M.

motel phones are ringing / train time, Ray and Jim

Ray’s a freight conductor / Jim’s an engineer

me, I am an old buffalo / just standing over here

yeah, I am an old buffalo / standing on this hill

in the darkness and the blizzard / taking in the chill

all my friends and family / have all moved away

they went down to Florida / me, I’m here to stay

Ray and Jim meet for breakfast / at the all-night diner

the cook had another bar fight / get a load of that shiner

there’s the waitress Amber / she looks uninspired

I don’t have to work anymore / ¬†this bison is retired

Butch and Sundance rode through here / saddlebags, dynamite

back before our little town / had any traffic lights

crew van to the yard office / creeping along sorta slow

I don’t need no crew vans / ’cause I’m a buffalo

like I said, I’m a buffalo / in the Walmart parking lot

I might move to Colorado / so I can smoke a little pot

freight-yard winds are brutal / snow’s blowing parallel

to the icy rails and the boxcar roofs / meanwhile back at the motel

two telephones start ringing / train time, Buzz and Daryl

by the way it’s Christmas Eve / think I’ll launch into a carol

here’s one that we all know / it’s a catchy little thing

yeah, I’m just an old smelly buffalo / but I still love to sing

(sings) ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer / had a very shiny nose

and if you ever saw it / you would even say it glows’

thank you very much (laughs)


hey, who the hell’s shooting arrows at me?

copyright by G.A. Miller

photo by Lizzie Miller



  1. Bumba says:

    Too serious, but otherwise a fine song. Listen, Miller, in case you have forgotten, you won a book last week, so if you give me your address via email bumbas24@ yahoo.com I’ll send you a copy of One Life, and if you insist I’ll even throw in a complementary copy of The Phantom Speaks, which you’ ll probably like more than the book as it has pictures.

    • Ha! If you think this one is too serious, wait ’til you hear the other ten new ones. ( the most brutally pathetic example is possibly ‘A Plant For My Apartment,’ although ‘One Day in Omaha’ is also in the running) A million thanks for listening!

    • Bumba says:

      Oh, if you were in Venice, CA…..I’ll get it to ya. email me your address to bumbas24@ yahoo.com

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