Forged in the fire Letters in iron The scar-bearing rider
And up with the sunrise He unveils his eyes The world at his side
F In the sea of strangers
C She searches among them
Am F G Seeing his face in everyone beside her
Dm In the sea of performers
C She searches among them
Am F C For the wild -- rider
He put on her shoes for her Unbraided her hair Walked her down to the fair
In the heat of the spot-light Blue shadows on white She was a sight
And higher the sun rose He gave her water from a garden hose And kissed her wet nose
In the sea of strangers She searches among them Seeing his face in everyone beside her In the sea of performers She searches among them For the wild rider
C C F-C, C C Am F, F C, C C(guitar & violin or harmonica)
He took off her shoes for her And he braided her hair Another day at the fair
He watched her round ribs rise Like a barrel of wine Deep heavy sighs
He hung up her saddle Finished the handle And blew out the candle
VERSE 4 (Verse 1 repeat):
Asleep in the stable Wax on the table And tools at his ankles...
In the sea of strangers She searches among them Seeing his face in everyone beside her In the sea of performers She searches among them
For the wild rider x7
For the wild ---
Wild Rider: V1
LIVE in an old Chevy
Filmed, recorded & edited by Kent Kessinger.
Wild Rider: V2
NPR's Tiny Desk Contest Entry
Filmed & recorded by George S. Rosenthal. Edited by Justine Lucas.
Wild Rider: V3
LIVE at The Complex
Filmed, recorded, & edited by George S. Rosenthal.
What people are saying about the song:
"In Wild Rider, Justine Lucas brings us deep into the heart of the journey to find true love. With painterly expressiveness, and a voice full of sweetness and powerful longing, we witness the powerful heave of a woman longing for the return of her Wild Rider. Lee Corbie-Wells' fiddle work adds a sensitive harmonic counterpoint that evokes the atmosphere of the story. A wonderful piece!"
~ Pianist Erik Burns
"The Wild Rider is delicate and contemplative, yet cathartic and powerful. Weaving harmonies and instrumental textures take you on a journey through landscapes and scenes, comfortingly familiar, dreamy and mysterious."
~ Singer-Songwriter Zoe Yungmi Blank
About the song...
"Wild Rider" by Justine Lucas
Justine Lucas wrote this song about her partner after the first day they met. Little did she know, this rambling Canadian cowboy she'd fallen in love with instantly over night would later become her husband, and introduce her to a world of travels with high-production circus troupes such as Cavalia and Cirque du Soleil.
The song tells a story of the friendship of a stable boy and his show horse. It takes place behind the scenes of a circus, and describes a day in the life start-to-finish for the horse and the performance. Listen to the lyrics and allow yourself to visualize this magical world.