WILDFIRE - Michael Martin Murphey

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WILDFIRE [Original lyric] WILDFIRE [Tradução]
She comes down from Yellow Mountain Ela desce da Yellow Mountain
On a dark flat land, she rides Em uma terra escura e plana, ela cavalga
On a pony she named Wildfire Em um pônei que ela chamou de Wildfire
With a whirlwind by her side Com um ciclone ao seu lado
On a cold Nebraska night Em uma noite fria de Nebraska
Oh! They say she died one winter Ah! Eles dizem que ela pereceu em um inverno
When there came a killing frost Quando veio uma geada de matar
And the pony she named Wildfire E o pônei que ela chamava de Wildfire
Busted down its stall Derrubou a barraca dele
In a blizzard, he was lost Em uma nevasca, ele se perdeu
She ran calling Wildfire Ela correu gritando Wildfire
Calling Wildfire [Repeat twice] Gritando Wildfire [Repita duas vezes]
By the dark of the moon, I planted Durante o escuro da lua, eu plantei
But there came an early snow Porém, uma neve chegou cedo
(It has) been a hoot-owl howling outside my window now Foi uma coruja uivante fora da minha janela agora
'Bout (about) six nights in a row Mais ou menos por seis noites seguidas
She's coming for me, I know Ela está vindo até mim, eu sei
And on Wildfire, we're both gonna go E sobre o Wildfire, vamos todos partir
We'll be ridin' Wildfire Estaremos cavalgando no Wildfire
Ridin' Wildfire [Repeat twice] Cavalgando no Wildfire [Repita duas vezes]
On Wildfire, we're gonna ride No Wildfire, vamos cavalgar
We're gonna leave sodbustin' behind Vamos deixar a aragem para trás
Get these hard times right on out of our minds Tirar, agora mesmo, esses tempos difíceis das nossas cabeças
Riding Wildfire Cavalgando no Wildfire
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(a) Michael Martin Murphey was born in Dallas, Texas on March 14, 1945. He is an American singer-songwriter best known for writing and performing Western music, country music and popular music. Wildfire is one of his hits. The song has a piano intro and outro which was edited out for radio. The introduction is based on a piece (Prelude in D-flat, Op. 11 No. 15) by the Russian classical composer Alexander Scriabin.

(b) In a 2008 interview, Murphey talked about the origins of the song and the context in which it was written. He was a third-year student at UCLA, working on a concept album for Kenny Rogers (The Ballad of Calico). The work was demanding, sometimes taking more than 20 hours a day. One night, he dreamed the song in its totality, writing it up in a few hours the next morning. He believes the song came to him from a story his grandfather told him when he was a little boy – a prominent Native American legend about a ghost horse. Murphey did not have a horse named Wildfire until a few years before the interview, when he gave that name to a palomino mare.

(c) Murphey composed Wildfire with Larry Cansler. The song was released at Ray Stevens Sound Laboratory, Nashville, Tennessee on February 1975. It became Murphey's highest-charting pop hit in the United States.

(d) The lyrics are those of a homesteader telling the story of a young Nebraska woman said to have died searching for her escaped pony, "Wildfire", during a blizzard. The homesteader finds himself in a similar situation, doomed in an early winter storm. A hoot owl has perched outside of his window for six days, and the homesteader believes the owl is a sign that the ghost of the young woman is calling for him. He hopes to join her (presumably in heaven) and spend eternity riding Wildfire with her, leaving the difficulties of earthly life behind.

(e) Nebraska is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States.

(f) An animal is referred as it unless the relationship is personal (like a pet that has a name). People use he or she when referring to the animal. This also applies to using who and whom. If the animal has a personal relationship with the person, then people can use these relative pronouns. Otherwise, they must exclusively use which or that.

(g) The term sodbusting or sod busting is used to identify the preparation of erosion-prone grasslands for use as cropland. Sodbuster was a program created by Title 12 of the Food Security Act of 1985 designed to discourage the plowing up of erosion-prone grasslands for use as cropland. If such is used for crop production without proper conservation measures as laid out in a conservation plan, a producer may lose eligibility to participate in farm programs. In the 1990 Farm Bill, it was amended and became the super sodbuster, such that producers became ineligible for specified farm program benefits on all their land if they cultivated highly erodible land that was idle. The super sodbuster was repealed by the 1996 Farm Bill.
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(1) HYATT, Wesley. The Billboard Book of No. 1 Adult Contemporary Hits. Billboard Publications. 1999.
(2) HACKETT, Vernell. Story Behind the Song: Wildfire, Michael Martin Murphey. The Boot. The info was retrieved on May 26, 2012.
(3) DANBOM, David B. Sod Busting: How Families Made Farms on the Nineteenth-Century Plains. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.

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