Jun 2 2011

Then Came The Last Days Of May – ’11-#17

Parched land, no desert sand
The sun is just a little dot
And a little bit of water goes a long way
’cause it’s hot (it’s hot)
Three good buddies of mine were laughin’ and smokin’
In the back of a rented Ford
They couldn’t know they weren’t goin’ far

Each one with the money in his pocket
To go out and buy himself a brand new car
But they all held the money they had
Money they hoped would take them very far

Sky’s bright, the traffic light
Now and then a truck
And they hadn’t seen a cop around all day (what luck)
They brought everything they needed
Bags and scales to weigh the stuff
The driver said, “The border’s just over the bluff”

Wasn’t until the car suddenly stopped
In the middle of a cold and barren plain
And the other guy turned and spilled
Three boys blood did they know a trap had been laid?

They’re ok the last days of May
But I’ll be breathin’ dry air
I’m leaving soon
The others are already there (all there)
Wouldn’t be interested in coming along
Instead of staying here?
It’s said the West is nice this time of year (that’s what they say)

This piece is based on the Blue Oyster Cult song “Then Came The Last Days Of May,” which is on their first album from 1972. This is such a great song, and the whole album is solid. The song is about… “According to Buck Dharma, “(Then Came The) Last Days Of May” is the true story of three collegiate drug dealers who went to Tucson to score for the fall semester. They were ripped off and shot. While two of the guys died, the other survived to testify against the perpetrators, who were two young men from a notorious wealthy local family. They apparently served about ten years in prison before being released.”

I think the best part of this song is how you can interpret the last lines

“They’re ok the last days of May
But I’ll be breathin’ dry air
I’m leaving soon
The others are already there (all there)
Wouldn’t be interested in coming along
Instead of staying here?
It’s said the West is nice this time of year (that’s what they say)”


You can interpret them as if the storyteller is the one who set the trap, and is trying to lure you, the listener, into another trap…“Wouldn’t be interested in coming along…Instead of staying here? They say the West is nice this time of year.” Spooky!

I saw Blue Oyster Cult play this live in concert on May 31st several years ago. One of my favorites by them.

All photos in this piece were taken by me, which is a first I think. Also, ironically, many are from the Tucson area, which is where the real life subjects of the song were killed. But the truck was taken in Sedalia, Colorado.