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Armed & Dangerous

by Oklahoma Uprising

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A family legacy of standing up to injustice.


Billy Bearden flew the pen late July of 1910
Stole a horse and headed north to San Antone
Slapped a brawler in a bar turned a shoulder took a cheap shot
He took an empty fifth straight to the dome
He was wilder than a bullet fired at random from the hip
He was tougher than the dude behind the gun
Running rampant from the law making money playing cards
Now he's in Oklahoma armed and dangerous

Dangerous! Dangerous! And after every one of us
Billy Bearden's horse is treading trails of flames
Raise a fuss! Raise a fuss! Tearing every county up
Here comes the devil he's armed and dangerous

In a Carter County boom town there among a few mesquite trees
There was a place they called the ‘House of Cards’
Merritt brothers Ed and Roy made a living drilling oil
But they had clubs for eyes and spades for souls
“Brother Ed come here quick Billy Bearden needs a fix
And he's steaming like the devil branding iron”
Ed Merritt didn't blink cocked his pistol took a drink
He's waiting for him armed and dangerous

Dangerous! Dangerous! And after every one of us
Tonight the House of Cards is gonna fall
Raise a fuss! Fight and cuss! The Merritt brothers had enough
They're standing tall, they're armed and dangerous

Well the dealer dealt the deck with a single bead of sweat
Three players at the table folded out
Just Billy now and Roy and brother Ed behind the door
And a table full of chips and playing cards

And it's seven cards in hand and there is nothing left to draw
Aces wild with pocket twos is all he's really got
Seems like the two are hiding something deep inside their sleeves
And the living at the table soon would go to 2 from 3

Most gamblers come a merry man but leave the table soon
But Billy came to cheat and lie and rob a man or two
He looked at Roy straight in the eyes and pulled his shooting iron
But a wall of lead left Billy dead from Eddie’s forty five

Eddie lived his life out in a Carter County home
And when he died his family got everything he owned
My mama got his pistol and she kept it like it was
She passed it down to me and now I'm armed and dangerous

Dangerous! Dangerous! His legacy’s with us
And I keep it cocked and loaded at my side
Toughest cuss in the dust just like my Grandpa was
Don't mess around I'm armed and dangerous.
Don't mess around I'm armed and dangerous.
Yea, don't mess around I'm armed and dangerous.


released May 26, 2017
Joel T. Mosman- Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Hannah Mosman- Vocals
Zach Wiederstein- Drums/Percussion
Travis Lyon- Bass
Bryon White- Guitar
Scott Hunt- Fiddle/Mandolin

Produced by: Travis Hodge, Joel T. Mosman, Zach Wiederstein

Recorded at T. Hodge Lodge Studio Shawnee, Ok www.thodgelodge.com


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Oklahoma Uprising Guthrie, Oklahoma

Alternative Country band fronted by singer/songwriter Joel T. Mosman. Lyrics about overcoming adversity rise up through raw electric guitars as a symbol of Mosman’s journey from self-destruction to self-actualization. Artistic influences include Leon Russell, Jason Isbell, Reckless Kelly, and Son Volt. Oklahoma Uprising is about the fight against existential hardship within and without. ... more

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