Winter Horses

by Martha Scanlan

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This is the first track of an upcoming winter release that Jon Neufeld and I recorded in my cabin on the ranch in southeast Montana, a continuation of the Tongue River Stories project that started a few years ago on the ranch. We did it in one take, just the two of us with one microphone and a fire in the wood stove and snow outside.

I wanted to release it this first night of winter as a gift to be passed around,
for those who might not have a lot to give this year or are struggling, those who are missing loved ones far away or who have crossed over, to those who might be needing the peace of winter and a little kindness.


there's snow up high,
snow on the mountains
snow on top of the trees

there's snow on the back
of four grazing horses
snow falling on me

it's course and it's cut,
scattered in bunches
of faded summertime green

it's come on and eat,
you old sleepy horses
taste of july's dreams

in my dreams
we're riding a buckskin
bare back and bare feet

riding through fields
of fresh cut hay
how the air smelled sweet

the fields will be covered
this first night of winter
buried without a trace

my arms remember
the shape of your back
my hands the shape of your face

so sing me a song
the redwing blackbird
sings in the spring

and i'll sing you a song
of four grazing horses
snow on the trees


released December 21, 2016
Martha Scanlan, vocals and acoustic guitar
Jon Neufeld, acoustic guitar
recorded live and mixed by Jon Neufeld



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Martha Scanlan montana

Martha Scanlan is a singer-songwriter based in Southeast Montana.

She has recorded, collaborated and shared the stage with Levon Helm, Emmy Lou Harris and members of the Decemberists. Her most recent album, The Shape Of Things Gone Missing, The Shape
Of Things To Come, was included in No Depression's top ten of 2015.

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