The Bowery

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Words & Music by Lynn Adler & Lindy Hearne
An homage to our adopted hometown of Winnsboro, TX, founded as Crossroads in 1854 - and based on actual town history compiled by beloved town historian Bill Jones.


The Bowery
Words & Music by Lynn Adler & Lindy Hearne

Across the road from the Winnsboro Depot,
Street lanterns shone through the dust.
Down on The Bowery boardwalks,
Lined with lumberjacks, liquor and lust.

The air, it smelled of horses,
Kerosene and coal.
And the gamblers took their chances.
Took this boom town on a roll.

The corner saloon called “Massel’s”
Had a stuffed alligator on the wall.
And those bawdy boys smoke nickel cigars,
'n' drank moonshine ‘til “last call!”

The Bowery was on Market Street - thirteen saloons and more.
Wild cards, roulette and spirits - behind each swinging door.
Down on The Bowery. On The Bowery!

One late night down at Massel’s,
In a backroom game of chance,
The Pyne boys beat Bud Taylor
And his pistol made them dance.

“Up against the wall, you two.
I’m givin’ you the boot!”
He shot ‘em dead and hopped his horse.
The posse in hot pursuit.

But their ponies could not catch him.
He rode a fiery steed.
A Kentucky long-leg stretch horse
Is all an outlaw needs. (Chorus)

According to the legend,
Bud was never seen again.
But the calaboose stayed busy
With its share of lawless men.

The nineteen-seven shootout
Really brought The Bowery down.
It left four men lyin’ dead
Near the very heart of town.

Folks had their fill of saloons and bars,
And the all-night drunken brawl.
So by nineteen-ten they closed ‘em down.
And The Bowery took the fall. (Chorus)


from Simpatico (2016), released September 23, 2016
Lynn Adler & Lindy Hearne - vocals
Lindy Hearne - acoustic rhythm guitar and mandolin



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Adler & Hearne Winnsboro, Texas

From Texas’ upper east side near the rural arts hamlet of Winnsboro, award-winning performing songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne (self-proclaimed “organic song farmers”) tour nationally, serving up fresh-picked songs with jazz undertones in a spirited genre they define simply as "Texas Folk." ... more

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