The Chestnut Mare

 

by The Byrds
from the album "Untitled"
by Roger McGuinn & J. Levy
(5:06) Stereo
June 4,1970, Columbia
LP KC30127/CD 45 4-45259

Always alone
Never with a herd
Prettiest mare I've ever seen
You have to take my word
 
I'm gonna' 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
Been chasing Her for weeks
Oh I catch a glimpse of Her every once in a while
Taken' Her meal or bathin'
Fine Lady
This one day I happen 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
An' when I do I'll give Her my brand
An' we'll be friends for life
She'll be just like a Wife
I'm gonna catch that horse if I can
 
An' I got Her and I'm pullin' on Her
An' she's pullin' back like this mule going' up a ladder
An' I take a choice and I jump right up on Her
Damned if I don't land right on top of Her
An' She takes off
Running' up on to the ridge
Higher than I've ever been before
She's runnin' along just fine
Till She stops an' 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 was a bottomless canyon
Floating with no sound
Gulls far below seemed to be suddenly rising
Exploding all around
 
I'm gonna catch that horse if I can
An' when I do I'll give Her my brand
An' we'll be friends for life
She'll be just like a Wife
I'm gonna catch that horse if I can
 
We were fallin' down this crevice
'bout a mile down that sink
I looked down and I see this red thing below us
Commin' up real fast
An' I saw this reflection in this little pool of water
'bout 6 feet wide and one foot deep
An' we're fallin' down right through it
An' we hit an' splashed it dry
An' that's when I lost hold
An' She got away
But I'm gonna try and get her again someday
 
I'm gonna catch that horse if I can
An' when I do I'll give Her my brand
An' we'll be friends for life
She'll be just like a Wife
I'm gonna catch that horse
I'm gonna catch that horse
I'm gonna catch that horse
I'm gonna catch that horse if I can
I'm gonna catch that horse if I can...