Classic Lyrics — Chestnut Mare

This is the song and album that got me into country-rock back in early college. It became alt-country and is now called Americana, but here’s where it started.

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Always alone
Never with a herd
Prettiest mare I’ve ever seen
You’ll have to take my word
I’m going to catch that horse if I can
And when I do I’ll give her my brand
 
Well I was up on Stony Ridge
After this chestnut mare
I’d been chasin’ her for weeks
Oh I’d catch a glimpse of her every once in a while
Takin’ her meal
Bathin’
Fine lady
This one day I happened to be real close to her
And I saw her standin’ over there
So I snuck up on her nice and easy
Got my rope out
And I flung it in the air
 
I’m gonna’ catch that horse if I can
And when I do I’ll give her my brand
And we’ll be friends for life
She’ll be just like a wife
I’m going to catch that horse if I can
 
Well I got her
And I’m pullin’ on her
But she’s pullin’ back
Like this mule goin’ up a ladder
And I take a choice and I jump right up on her
Damned if I don’t land right on top of her
And she takes off
Runnin’ up on to the ridge
Higher than I’ve ever been before
She’s runnin’ along just fine
Til’ she stopped and somethin’ spooked her
It’s a sidewinder all coiled and ready to strike
She doesn’t know what to do for a second but then
She jumps off the edge
Me holdin’ on
 
Above the hills
Higher than eagles were gliding
Suspended in the sky
Over the moon
Straight for the sun we were riding
My eyes were filled with light
Behind us black walls
Below us a bottomless canyon
Floating with no sound
Gulls far below
Seemed to be suddenly rising
Exploding all around
 
I’m going to catch that horse if I can
And when I do I’ll give her my brand
And we’ll be friends for life
She’ll be just like a wife
I’m going to catch that horse if I can
 
And we were fallin’
Down this crevice
About a mile down that sink
I look down and I see this red thing below us
Comin’ up real fast and it’s our reflection in this little pool of water
About six feet wide
And one foot deep
And we’re fallin’ down right though it
We hit and we splashed it dry
That’s when I lost my hold
She got away
But I’m gonna’ try to get her again some day
 
I’m going to catch that horse if I can
And when I do I’ll give her my brand
And we’ll be friends for life
She’ll be just like a wife
I’m going to catch that horse
I’m going to catch that horse
I’m going to catch that horse if I can
I’m going to catch that horse if I can
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