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Ballad of the Absent Mare


by Cohen Leonard. Buy album CD: Other Songs A - TO


Say a prayer for the cowboy
His mare's run away
And he'll walk til he finds her
His darling, his stray
but the river's in flood
and the roads are awash
and the bridges break up
in the panic of loss.

And there's nothing to follow
There's nowhere to go
She's gone like the summer
gone like the snow
And the crickets are breaking
his heart with their song
as the day caves in
and the night is all wrong

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

And although she goes grazing
a minute away
he tracks her all night
he tracks her all day
Oh blind to her presence
except to compare
his injury here
with her punishment there

Then at home on a branch
in the highest tree
a songbird sings out
so suddenly
Ah the sun is warm
and the soft winds ride
on the willow trees
by the river side

Oh the world is sweet
the world is wide
and she's there where
the light and the darkness divide
and the steam's coming off her
she's huge and she's shy
and she steps on the moon
when she paws at the sky

And she comes to his hand
but she's not really tame
She longs to be lost
he longs for the same
and she'll bolt and she'll plunge
through the first open pass
to roll and to feed
in the sweet mountain grass

Or she'll make a break
for the high plateau
where there's nothing above
and there's nothing below
and it's time for the burden
it's time for the whip
Will she walk through the flame
Can he shoot from the hip

So he binds himself
to the galloping mare
and she binds herself
to the rider there
and there is no space
but there's left and right
and there is no time
but there's day and night

And he leans on her neck
and he whispers low
"Whither thou goest
I will go"
And they turn as one
and they head for the plain
No need for the whip
Ah, no need for the rein

Now the clasp of this union
who fastens it tight?
Who snaps it asunder
the very next night
Some say the rider
Some say the mare
Or that love's like the smoke
beyond all repair

But my darling says
"Leonard, just let it go by
That old silhouette
on the great western sky"
So I pick out a tune
and they move right along
and they're gone like the smoke
and they're gone like this song



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  1. A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes
  2. A Singer Must Die
  3. Aint No Cure for Love
  4. Always
  5. Angels Eyes
  6. Anthem
  7. Avalanche
  8. Ballad of the Absent Mare
  9. Be for Real
  10. Bird on the Wire
  11. Chelsea Hotel #2
  12. Chelsea Hotel No 2
  13. Clap! Clap!
  14. Closing Time
  15. Coming Back
  16. Coming Back to You
  17. Dance Me to the End of Love
  18. Death of a Ladies Man
  19. Democracy
  20. Diamonds in the Mine
  21. Do I Have to Dance All Night
  22. Dont Go Home With Your Hard On
  23. Dress Rehearsal Rag
  24. Everybody Knows
  25. Famous Blue Raincoat
  26. Field Commander Cohen
  27. Fingerprints
  28. Fire
  29. First We Take Manhattan
  30. God is Alive, Magic is Afoot
  31. Hallelujah
  32. Heart With No Companion
  33. Hey, Thats No Way to Say Goodbye
  34. Humbled in Love
  35. I Came So Far for Beauty
  36. I Cant Forget
  37. I Left a Woman Waiting
  38. I Tried to Leave You
  39. If It Be Your Will
  40. Im Your Man
  41. Iodine
  42. Is This What You Wanted
  43. Ive Counted What I Have
  44. Jazz Police
  45. Joan of Arc
  46. Lady Midnight
  47. Last Years Man
  48. Leaving Green Sleeves
  49. Light As the Breeze
  50. Love Calls You by Your Name
  51. Lover Lover Lover
  52. Master Song
  53. Memories
  54. Minute Prologue
  55. Misty Blue
  56. One of Us Cannot Be Wrong
  57. Our Lady of Solitude
  58. Paper Thin Hotel
  59. Passing Through
  60. Priests
  61. Queen Victoria
  62. Seems So Long Ago, Nancy
  63. Sing Another Song, Boys
  64. Sisters of Mercy
  65. So Long Marianne
  66. Song of Bernadette
  67. Song of Destruction
  68. Song to My Assassin
  69. Store Room
  70. Stories of the Street
  71. Story of Isaac
  72. Suzanne
  73. Take This Longing
  74. Take This Waltz
  75. Teachers
  76. Tennessee Waltz
  77. The Bells
  78. The Butcher
  79. The Captain
  80. The Future
  81. The Guests
  82. The Gypsys Wife
  83. The Law
  84. The Marriage March
  85. The Night Comes On
  86. The Old Revolution
  87. The Partisan
  88. The Promise
  89. The Smokey Life
  90. The Stranger Song
  91. The Third Invention
  92. The Throne of Desire
  93. The Traitor
  94. The Walls
  95. The Window
  96. There is a War
  97. Throne of Desire Variations
  98. To Love Somebody
  99. Tonight Will Be Fine
  100. Tower of Song

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