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First Line: My tired horse nickers for his own home bars
Last Line: The wind is blowing and I want you so!
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark, Badger
Variant Title(s): The Wind Is Blowin'
Subject(s): Love; Roads; Paths; Trails


My tired horse nickers for his own home bars;
A hoof clicks out a spark.
The dim creek flickers to the lonesome stars;
The trail twists down the dark.
The ridge pines whimper to the pines below.
The wind is blowing and I want you so!

The birch has yellowed since I saw you last,
The Fall haze blued the creeks,
The big pine bellowed as the snow swished past,
But still, above the peaks
The same stars twinkle that we used to know.
The wind is blowing and I want you so!

The stars up yonder wait the end of time
But earth fires soon go black.
I trip and wander on the trail I climb --
A fool who will look back
To glimpse a fire dead a year ago.
The wind is blowing and I want you so!

Who says the lover kills the man in me?
Beneath the day's hot blue
This thing hunts cover and my heart fights free,
And laughs an hour or two.
But now it wavers like a wounded doe.
The wind is blowing and I want you so!





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