This Horse Can Never Be Tamed

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lyrics

Spent time away from home
I love to roam the mountainside.
Once I’ve seen all the world
then I’ll be satisfied.
I could never live inside a cage
knowing all the world remains outside.

Though I roam far and wide
I’ll come back to your side.
Your hands are reassuring,
and bridles keep my body close
but not my soul
and this horse can never be tamed
can never be tamed.

This land is ours to roam,
the hills and trees are kin.
I know each river well
and bid them stay undisciplined.
And I could never live inside a cave
I would miss my bitter friend, the wind.

Yes I can promise you
that I will be true.
I’ve no sights on any other
but I’m in love with hills and trees,
and ramblin’ streams
and this horse can never be tamed
can never be tamed.

Spent too much time alone,
I learned to live by my own rules.
Don’t trust the way things are
Or what I learned in school.
I could never live upon a stage,
perception never lines up with what’s true.

And I hope you’ll understand
I run with a band.
I know you’re different
but still I dream that you will
sometimes run with me
though this horse can never be tamed
can never be tamed.

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from Prairie Shanties of the Landlocked Mariner, released December 4, 2012
Ira Ochs- cello

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Rob Reid Chicago, Illinois

A voracious listener of traditional music from around the world, Rob draws from genres such as hi-life, griot, bossa nova, and classic jazz to create a backdrop for songs about real and fictional characters. Unlike Rob, these colorful characters get involved in endeavors such as riding public transit in West Africa, surviving lightning strikes, and holding up banks. ... more

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