P'or Silly

In those days I owned and operated a riding stable.  Raf-Asil was a registered Half-Arab who served as one of my school horses.  We called him 'Silly' for short -- 'P'or Silly', because of his glum countenance in the face of the indignity of his lot -- but every once in a while, especially when galloping and jumping, Silly would erupt in an ebullient display of delight and flights of fantasy that betrayed his noble heritage.
 
words and music by Tony Provencher - 1987
Vocal and 12-string Guitar - Tony Provencher
Album: Renaissance
Lyrics
Born a coal-black stallion on the wild Arabian sand,
Of regal blood and flying tail and mane of silver strand,
Swifter than the desert wind blowing o'er the land -
Oh oh p'or Silly...

An old fleabitten gelding sadly told this tale to me,
Of how he used to rule the sand, running proud and free,
And spread his wings, like Pegasus, soaring to the sea,
Looking down upon the world, and jumping o'er the trees.

There runs a silver stallion on the wild Arabian sand,
Of regal blood and flying tail and mane of silver strand,
Swifter than the desert wind blowing o'er the land -
Oh oh p'or Silly...

A blue-blooded aristocrat sold into slavery,
Doomed to endure a life of menial work and drudgery
And sentenced to an endless term of gross indignity,
But, in his dreams, he still rules the sand, running proud and free.

There runs a snow-white stallion on the wild Arabian sand,
Of regal blood and flying tail and mane of silver strand,
Swifter than the desert wind blowing o'er the land -
Oh oh p'or Silly...

When my fleabit friend was finished sharing his recall,
I thanked him for the privilege, and turned to leave his stall,
And thought that he and I are not so different after all,
For it seems that there's a little Walter Mitty in us all.

There runs a snow-white stallion on the wild Arabian sand,
Of regal blood and flying tail and mane of silver strand,
Swifter than the desert wind blowing o'er the land -
Oh oh p'or Silly...
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