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Ballad of a Runaway Horse  Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris Ballad Of A Runaway Horse written by Leonard Cohen
David Hoffner keyboards
Richard Bennett mandocello
Kathy Chiavola harmony
[B]Say a prayer for the cowgirl her horse ran away
She'll [E]walk til she finds him her darling her stray
But the [B]rivers in flood and the roads are awash
And the [F#]bridges break up in the panic of [B]loss
[B]And there's nothing to follow nowhere to go
He's [E]gone like the summer gone like the snow
And the [B]crickets are breaking her heart with their song
As the [F#]day caves in and the night is all [B]wrong
[B]Did she dream was it he who went galloping past
And [E]bent down the fern broke open the grass
And [B]printed the mud with the well-hammered shoe
That she [F#]nailed to his speed in the dreams of her [B]youth
[B]And although he goes grazing a minute away
She [E]tracks him all night she tracks him all day
And she's [B]blind to his presence except to compare
Her [F#]injury here with his punishment [B]there
Then at [E]home on a branch on a high stream
A [B]Songbird sings out so suddenly
And the [E]sun is warm and the soft winds ride
On a [B]willow tree by the [F#]riversi[B]de
[B]All the world is sweet and the world is wide
He's [E]there where the light and the darkness divide
And the s[B]team's coming off him he's huge and he's shy
And he [F#]steps on the moon when he paws at the [B]sky
[B]And he comes to her hand but he's not really tame
He [E]longs to be lost she longs for the same
And he'll [B]bolt and he'll plunge through the first open pass
To[F#] roll and to feed in the sweet mountain [B]grass
[B]Or he'll make a break for the high plateau
Where there's [E]nothing above and nothing below
It's [B]time for their burden the whip and the spur
Will she [F#]ride with him or will he ride with [B]her
So she[E] binds herself to her galloping steed
And he [B]binds himself to the woman in need
And there [E]is no space just left and right
And [B]there is no time but [F#]there is day and [B]night
[B]And she leans on his neck and whispers low
[E]Whither thou goest I will go
And they [B]turn as one and they head for the plain
No [F#]need for the whip or no need for the [B]rein
[B]Now the clasp of this union who fastens it tight
Who[E] snaps it asunder the very next night
Some [B]say it's him some say it's her
Some say [F#]love's like smoke beyond all re[B]pair
[B]So my darling my darling just let it go by
That [E]old silhouette on the great western sky
And I'll [B]pick out a tune and they'll move right along
And they're [F#]gone like smoke and the're gone like this [B]song
Say a [B]prayer for the cowgirl
Asylum Records 1993
From Emmylou Harris "Cowgirl's Prayer"
Leonard Cohen Stranger Music

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