WILD RIDER

Lyrics & Chords

by Justine Lucas

INTRO:  C C F-C,  C C Am F,  F C, C C (guitar) 


VERSE 1:

C                       F     C
Asleep in the stable 

C                    Am      F
Wax on the table 

F                            C
And tools at his ankles 

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 


CHORUS:

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 


VERSE 2:

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 

(CHORUS)

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 


INSTRUMENTAL:

C C F-C,  C C Am F,  F C, C C  (guitar & violin or harmonica) 


VERSE 3:

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...

(CHORUS)

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.

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Fan reviews

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

Inspiration:

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.

Synopsis:

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.