Looking For A Horse To Ride


Written: 1988
Released: 2005 on 'Mr Jeays'



See see the drunken man
Cold as a corpse
He's more dead than alive
In fact now he only drinks
While he sits and waits
For the mourners to arrive
He shuts his eyes and goes for gold
He shuts his eyes and goes to war
He drinks until he kills himself
Though he doesn't know what for
But close your eyes and leave him be
For he'll have time enough to die
With his whisky for armour
And his pride for a sword
Hanging loose by his side
He is just a lost knight
Hanging on to a shield
On life's battlefield
Looking for a horse to ride

See see the baby lamb
Bleating with the flock
See how he follows on
Walking running with the crowd
He mimes the words
Though he doesn't know the song
He shuts his eyes and goes for gold
He shuts his eyes and goes to war
He shouts because he wants to shout
Though he doesn't know what for
But close your eyes and leave him be

For he'll have time enough to die
With a shepherd for armour
And a fashionable sword
Hanging loose by his side
He is just a lost knight
Hanging on to a shield
On life's battlefield
Looking for a horse to ride

See see the smiling girl
Smiling all her smiles
Flashing smiling eyes
Oh and everyone has taken stock
And has had his share
Since her smile was privatized
She shuts her eyes and goes for gold
She shuts her eyes and goes to war
And if you still don't quite know why
You can bet she'll be pretty sure
But close your eyes and leave her be
For she'll have time enough to die
With her beauty for stirrups
And her hair for a mane
Hanging loose by her side
She is just a lost horse
Running from field to field
On life's battlefield
Trying to take lost knights for a ride

So so here we stand
Together hand in hand
Your hair playing in the wind
Chance has offered us this horse
Oh my darling come
Come leave these fields behind
Don't close your eyes the night is young
These days of hope have just begun
I'll sing you songs of endless love
I'll burn the forests of your dreams
Don't take the flowers from your hair
There'll be time enough to die
When we are old
Let's take this horse and ride
Together on the beach
And watch the sun go down
And try as we go along
To not look unkindly upon
Those with horses out of reach


© Philip Jeays 1988
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