"Wildfire" as written by and Gary Wright....
She comes down yellow mountain
On a dark flat land she rides
On a pony she named Wildfire
Whirlwind by her side
On a cold Nebraska night

Oh, they say she died one winter
When there came a killing frost
And the pony she named Wildfire
Busted down his stall
In a blizzard she was lost

She ran calling Wildfire
She ran calling Wildfire
She ran calling Wildfire

By the dark of the moon I planted
But there came an early snow
There's been a hoot owl howlin' by my window now
For six nights in a row
She's coming for me I know
And on Wildfire we're both gonna go

We'll be riding Wildfire
She ran calling Wildfire
She ran calling Wildfire

On Wildfire we're going to ride her
We're gonna leave sod bustin' behind
Get these hard times right on out of our minds
Riding Wildfire


Lyrics submitted by Cassieh

"Wildfire" as written by Martin Murphey Michael Larry Cansler

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General CommentThis is one of the best songs ever written... Wildfire is both a story and a metaphor.

    The story is from the 19th Century, when Nebraska was still the wild, wild west, the settlers lived in homes made of sod, and life was hard.

    She is either the daughter, the wife or the fiance of the singer. He loved watching her ride her pony Wildfire, she was a vision of raging life, and love.

    She died during a 'killing frost' of the kind that blanketed the midwest in the winter of 2007-2008. The horse ran off, being spooked by something, and was never seen again.

    By the dark of the moon refers to the time when the moon is full to when it is new again, and is the time that you plant crops that grow below ground, such as potatoes, beets, turnips, etc. The singer was following the old farmers almanac, but his crops were destroyed by an early snow before he could harvest.

    He lay there in his cold, empty sod house, knowing he would die of starvation that winter, as promised by the hoot owl outside his window, which in native american lore meant death was coming.

    So he waited for her and Wildfire...

    Wildfire is a metaphor for something that takes you away from hard times. The song pays tribute to the bravery and hardships faced by our ancestors.

    It's a masterpiece.
    Cache Kidon April 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, makes me teary eyed when I hear it. A girl and her pony, the bond is special, we feel his pain when she dies. Kinda spooky, is she a ghost?
    spiceoflifeon March 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell...if you want to be romantic and think of yonder days of an ancient native culture and an actual girl that ran off to chase a horse-go ahead. From an urban standpoint, and my disturbed mind this guy went away to clean up elsewhere. Yes, clean, no drugs, no coke, no heroin. To save himself, similar to Kristen (jennifer leigh Jason) in the movie Rush. His girl didn't follow but promised to. The urge was too much..she chased the cold needle and died as result. Don't take my word for it..I'm not on drugs, I'm just nuts. :)
    spankmeon June 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentoh yeah..and since he finds out she dies on her route to submission to the evil that ruined their 'souls seperately, the owl at his window (his cravings) were subsided until he found out she had passed (reminders and haunting). Since their love was only on a level of of 'highness' he then gives up and overdoses, himself.
    spankmeon June 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree this is an enduring masterpiece. However this song is about a ghost horse who rescues people ---according to indian folklore. The girl is obviously a ghost also. while i agree with cachekid that the girl probally meant something(daughter or wife) to the farmer in this song --because she is not part of the original folklore of the ghosthorse. i believe also the lyrics are meant to explain the hardship of northern farmers who came to "make claim" to a dream. i also believe that the farmer dreams of being rescued by the ghost horse and reunited(in death) with the girl. Sodbusting is a term that refers to the farming of the soil. The farmers were actually refered to as sodbusters.
    carlfunon June 09, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningExcellent interpretation Cache Kid. Only one small correction. The horse Wildfire was not spooked by something. The horse busts down his stall BECAUSE the girl dies. I think he knew she was sick, and when she doesn't come to him, he knows she has passed and breaks down the stall. But it happens AFTER she dies.
    dray33on January 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLove this song.
    saraisabellamon August 30, 2009   Link

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