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Yoko Ono - Silver Horse

Yoko Ono on April 04, 2011 09:45

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    When I come in my dream to a house I've never seen before
    I have a tendency to look for the exit door
    'Cause I never know it may be that house again
    I never know I never know

    When I come in my mind to a stream that's running gently
    I have a tendency to run like a frightened deer
    'Cause I never know it may take me to that ocean again
    I never know, I never know

    I usually stay away from being carried away
    But one day I saw a silver horse
    I thought he might take me to that somewhere high
    I thought he might take me to that deep blue sky

    I came to realize that the horse had no wings
    "No wings? Well it wasn't so bad, you know"

    I learned to travel the world around
    And run on the ground in the springtime
    And that's the story of a wandering soul
    A story of a dreamer.

    YO: I was also thinking why I sometimes use the key of C [major] because C is so simplistic, most composers probably avoid it. But I don’t avoid it. Why not? Why do I do that? C is a key of communication, I understand. So I used it in a song I had to communicate. The kind of songs that I wrote in the key of C or rewrote in the key of C, like “Give Peace a Chance” or that sort of thing, it’s all to do with communication, of course. The widest communication you want, so you go back to the simplest key, which is C.

    Q: That’s interesting. I’ve noticed that TV commercials are often in C, probably for the same reason.

    YO: Oh, yeah. It’s fascinating. And I think that most writers instinctively go for something simple to communicate.

    Q: Your song “Silver Horse” is in C major.

    YO: You know what it was? “Silver Horse” is like a fairy-tale. It’s like a story that you tell your child. It just happened, you know. It’s that kind of nursery rhyme feeling I was trying to give.

    Q: I love the spoken part on that song when you say, “I came to realize the horse had no wings,” and then you ask yourself, “No wings?”

    YO: [Laughter] Oh, by the way, John loved that song. Yeah. He kept saying, “Oh, that’s a great song” because he liked the fact that I say, “It wasn’t so bad, you know.” [Laughs]

    Interview with Yoko Ono from Singers & Songwriting by Paul Zollo

    From the album Season of Glass by Yoko Ono

    Yoko Ono: solo & background vocals
    Hugh McCracken: guitar
    Earl Slick: guitar
    George Small: keyboards
    Anthony Davillo: keyboards
    Tony Levin: bass
    Andrew Newmark: drums
    David Friedman: vibraphone & percussion
    Arthur Jenkins, Jr.: percussion
    George 'Young' Opalisky: soprano & alto saxophone
    Michael Brecker: tenor saxophone
    Ronnie Cuber: baritone saxophone
    Howard Johnson: tuba

    Released by: Geffen
    Release date: Jun 8, 1981


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