Songs For Mal

by Caribou Horses

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The Cariboo Horses by Al Purdy

At 100 Mile House the cowboys ride in rolling
stagey cigarettes with one hand reining
half-tame bronco rebels on a morning grey as stone
-so much like riding dangerous women
with whiskey coloured eyes-
such a women as once fell dead with their lovers
with fire in their heads and slippery froth on thighs
-Beaver or Carrier women maybe or
Blackfoot squaws far past the edge of this valley
on the other side of those two toy mountain ranges
from the sunfierce plains beyond
But only horses
waiting in stables
hitched at taverns
standing at dawn
pastured outside the town with
jeeps and fords and chevvys and
busy muttering stake trucks rushing
importantly over roads of man's devising
over the safe known roads of the ranchers
families and merchants of the town
On the high prairie
are only horse and rider
wind in dry grass
clopping in silence under the toy mountains
dropping sometimes and
lost in the dry grass
golden oranges of dung

Only horses
no stopwatch memories or palace ancestors
not Kiangs hauling undressed stone in the Nile Valley
and having stubborn Egyptian tantrums or
Onagers racing thru Hither Asia and
the last Quagga screaming in African highlands
lost relatives of these
whose hooves were thunder
the ghosts of horses battering thru the wind
whose names were the wind's common usage
whose life was the sun's
arriving here at chilly noon
in the gasoline smell of the
dust and waiting 15 minutes
at the grocer's


released March 1, 2013

all sounds recorded and mixed by bryan power.

tracks 3, 8 by rebecca south, tracks 4, 6 by annie mcewen, tracks 1,5,7,10 by joanna barker, tracks 2, 9 by bryan power.

vocals: rebecca, annie, joanna & bryan. guitar: bryan, annie & joanna. mandolin: keegan mcgregor. saw: wyatt hirschfeld shibley. clarinet: ariel sharratt. accordion: mark bragg. loyalty & sweetness: mal



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