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Michael Martin Murphey – Wildfire lyrics

She comes down from Yellow Mountain
On a dark, flat land she rides
On a pony she named Wildfire
With a whirlwind by her side
On a cold Nebraska night

Oh, they say she died one winter
When there came a killing frost
And the pony she named Wildfire
Busted down it's stall
In a blizzard she was lost

She ran calling Wildfire [x3]
By the dark of the moon I planted
But there came an early snow
There's been a hoot-owl howling by my window now
For six nights in a row
She's coming for me, I know
And on Wildfire we're both gonna go

We'll be riding Wildfire [x3]

On Wildfire we're gonna ride
Gonna leave sodbustin' behind
Get these hard times right on out of our minds
Riding Wildfire

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    Ii first heard this moving song with my girlfriend in 1975. I forgot about it for many years then I heard it again one day. It made me cry for those long lost years of youth, and for my one true love nancy. I still miss her and I still love her just like this loving touching song. Thank you michael for writing one of the best loved songs of my life. Long live widfire.
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    Wayne Eric Chew
    I know exactly what it means right from Mr. Murphey's mouth. He really didn't have a real clue "exactly" what it all meant. He basically had a dream about it one night, something about a ghost horse and Native American legends that his grandfather used to tell him about when he was young, and he awoke thinking about his dream and making it into a song. He was living with his writing partner at the time, Larry Cansler, and they wrote the song. Mr. Murphey also has a Christian background and he believes that it also subconsciously came from the White Horse in the Book of Revelations. In a recent concert Michael also told the audience that Wildfire is symbolic of freedom. Ironically, he said he would never name one of his horses he owned, Wildfire. That changed when he purchased a palamino and the name Wildfire fit the pony perfectly. It is one of the finest modern country/pop composition lyrically and musically ever created.
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  • u
    This song came to me in a dream 2 months ago. To me, it meant that one of three of my most loved ones was going to die before the spring of this year. I hadn't heard the song in years and woke up with the lines, "oh they say she died one winter, when there came a killin' frost" in my head. The lines haunted me almost daily for weeks. Then my dog became ill and passed, just a few days ago now. After she died, the song persisted in my mind, so I looked it up online, thinking there must be something in the lyrics I needed to read. Turns out it was the songwriter's name instead. My dog's name is murphy. As soon as I saw michael martin murphey, I knew.
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  • u
    A beautiful, melancholy song that is often misinterpreted. There are actually many hints to the song's meaning. "Oh, they say she died one winter" shows that it is a legend. We don't know who "she is," and the narrator of the song (a farmer) doesn't either. "She" dies during a "killing frost," which implies that it was a cold time of the year - perhaps she died of pneumonia. The horse senses that she is gone, breaks from his stall, and dies in a blizzard. The dead girl (now a spirit) runs after her ghost horse, who is dead as well. The hoot owl "howling by my window" is an omen that death (the ghost girl and horse) are coming for him; however, this death is not a bad thing - it removes him from his hard life as a farmer (leaving "sodbustin'" and "hard times") and allows him the freedom and escape for which he longs.
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    It's quite a literal ballad, but some people don't catch that it's told from the point of view of a man whose wife has died. He's lost his wife and a horse in the same storm, has now lost a corn crop, and is prepared for his own death.
    The lines "Gonna leave sodbustin' behind / Get these hard times ... out of our minds" has always struck me in a way that 400 pages of Grapes of Wrath could not.
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