Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

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Re: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

Post by mat james » Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:51 pm

"So he binds himself to the galloping mare
...and he leans on her neck and he whispers low
Whither thou goest I will go
... I want to travel with you
And I want to travel blind
I think maybe I'll trust you

...for you've touched my perfect body with your mind."

...and I sink beneath your wisdom
like a stone...
"Without light or guide, save that which burned in my heart." San Juan de la Cruz.
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Re: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

Post by B4real » Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:43 am

Mat, here are some alternate lines Leonard has sung over the years for this song.
I thought you might be interested in them :)

And the sun goes down
by the river’s side...

And the crickets are playing
their final song...

Then at home on his branch...

And she leans on her neck
And she whispers low
and they're gone with the whip...

And it’s time for their burden...

That great silhouette
on the old western sky...

some say love’s like the smoke...

Some say there are instances of exchanging adjectives, interchanging gender and introducing a singular personal possessive case pronoun in the third person ;-)
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Re: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

Post by mat james » Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:42 am

Hi B4,
thanks for entering the fray, :)
Some say there are instances of exchanging adjectives, interchanging gender and introducing a singular personal possessive case pronoun in the third person ;-)
Ha! Well I suppose that, that is what Unity, communion and Oneness is all about!

(Playing with words
playing with concepts
playing with interpretation;
it's a game I love; or, why bother to read the song at all?
I'll shadow-box around a bit and see if I can avoid being down for the count.)


"Did he dream, was it she who went galloping past
And bent down the fern broke open the grass
And printed the mud with the iron and the gold
That he nailed to her feet
when he was the lord"

So far we have found Solomon longing in the gardens and the "grass",
We have saddled-up with Buddha while sitting it out, meditating
and now resurrect Jesus "with the iron and the gold".
Is it the "Way" that he nailed to her feet?
Is it the "Way" that is "printed in the mud"?
Is it the destination of that track (Way) which is the "gold"?
...the high plateau
...and why Jesus?
...aren't Solomon and Buddha enough for this sauntering Phoenician?
"Can he shoot from the hip"?

Why does Leonard so often bring up this other "beautiful loser"?
What is it that Jesus the Phoenician does for Leonard the Phoenician that the other two (Solomon and Buddha) can't...?
(Dear Reader, Place your answer here.........................................................................)

segue:
"...ground control to major Tom.....
...ground control to major Tom...............................

...And I think my spaceship knows which way to go..."
"Without light or guide, save that which burned in my heart." San Juan de la Cruz.
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