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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
Release date: Jun 8, 1981