Wildfire by Michael Martin Murphey (Epic, 1975)

This tune hit #3 crossing over from the Country charts in 1975. I always dug songs that told a story no matter how happy or depressing it was. Before music videos, I could come up with my own little movie in my head.

Basically, the story is some dude’s horse gets out in a blizzard and gets lost and his girlfriend/wife/stable master runs after the horse. It seems that neither comes back. So he has a great idea: do some late night planting in freezing weather. Now whether its the fact that he’s got an owl screaming in his ear every night for the last week or that he’s suffering from hyperthermia from all of his moonlight gardening, he has completely lost his mind. Like some long lost cowboy picture, he expects her to just ride up to his house on Wildfire and they’re gonna take off together into the sunset.

It’s hard getting over broken relationships. Especially when you lose a horse to go with it.