The Paul McCartney Project

Appaloosa

Written by Linda McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Wide Prairie Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1998
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wide Prairie liner notes:

The melody was one that Linda wrote many years ago and would use as a practice piece when playing piano. Her love of native American history, and in particular the Nez Perce Indians and their Appaloosa horses [named after The Palouse river] inspired this song which we recorded in March 1998.

She was drawn to the story of the Nez Perce’s near escape from the American cavalry [they were chased to the U.S. border and massacred].

Linda herself rode a magnificent Appaloosa stallion named Blankit who was bred on our farm.

Last updated on November 5, 2016

Lyrics

Chief Joseph and his tribe bred beautiful horses
On the banks of the Paloose River
The breed became known as the Appaloosa
Appaloosa stallion run so fast
Gallop through the canyon through the past
Lead your tribe to safety show the way
Cavalry gets closer every day
Once you ran through peaceful fields of grass
Once you drank from rivers clear and fast
Life for you was easy, full of love
Sleep beneath the yellow moon above
Then the foreign soldiers came from far across the sea
Stealing all the tribal land that once had been so free
Starving people that you love are crawling through the snow
Will they get across the border, heaven only knows
Appaloosa stallion run so fast
Gallop through the canyon through the past
Lead your tribe to safety show the way
Cavalry gets closer every day
Appaloosa stallion run so fast
Gallop through the canyon through the past
Lead your tribe to safety show the way
But the foreign soldiers came to stay
Then the foreign soldiers came from far across the sea
Stealing all the tribal land that once had been so free
Starving people that you love are crawling through the snow
Will they get across the border, heaven only knows
Appaloosa stallion run so fast
Gallop through the canyon through the past
Lead your tribe to safety show the way
But the foreign soldiers came to stay

Officially appears on


Wide Prairie

Official album • Released in 1998

4:44 • Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Clarinet, Drums, Electric guitar, Hofner bass, Producer, Wurlitzer
Linda McCartney:
Lead vocal
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Keith Smith:
Engineer

Bootlegs


Complete Flaming Pie - Sessions & Beyond (1997-1998)

Unofficial album

1:44 • Alternate take • Movement 1


Complete Flaming Pie - Sessions & Beyond (1997-1998)

Unofficial album

1:14 • Alternate take • Movement 2


Complete Flaming Pie - Sessions & Beyond (1997-1998)

Unofficial album

0:53 • Alternate take • Movement 3


Flaming Pie - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

4:44 • Studio version

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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