The river of doubt gave birth to a beautiful stone And in my hands I held it and I knew I was on my own So I picked it up and held it to the sky And in my reflection. I knew I was all alone Then I saw this girl with the most beautiful hair She had it wrapped around her for clothes she did not wear I asked her for a lock and she complied, after leaving Gorgeous footsteps in the sand as if she didn't care She was the prettiest girl I ever saw The stone lay still without a flaw The feelings I had defied the law As I came to, I went to And I took a look, a look down the road To see a badger and a one eyed toad They didn't say a word, they just looked at me With that wise old look of the old Then I went to down to town To my favorite merry-go-round To the place where magic horses fly And you seldom see a frown
[Chorus] But then I stole a ring from the flying horses And I can't begin to explain how I stole a ring from the flying horses And it's all rusty now I stole a ring from the flying horses And I can't begin to explain how I stole a ring from the flying horses And it's all rusty now
You see 'cause that stone fell through my pocket And that lock of hair flew away with the wind If you chance to meet upon either Well you know where they've been But don't pick them up or try to find me They're much happier to be on their own Beauty like that knows no home And then if you take a look, a look down the road You'll see a badger and a one eyed toad They won't say a word they'll just look at you With that wise look of the old
Writer/s: BRADLEY CORRIGAN,, CHARLES STOKES URMSTON, PETER FRANCIS HEIMBOLD
Publisher: Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
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Tony from 80126Wow! I thought it was just me that this song reminded me of Martha's Vinyard. Besides the rings in the carousel in town, the 'girl with the most beautiful hair that wraps around her for clothes she did not wear.' makes me think of the nude beach at Gay Head beach.
Derek from ConnecticutI've always felt it was a metaphor for appreciating the beauty around us without having to seize it for yourself, the ring became rusty , stone lost, and the hair flew away, etc.
Annie from Sagamore Beach, MaI stole a couple of rings from the flying horses in Martha's Vineyard as well. I, too, wondered if it was the same flying horses as in this song.
Sean from Sandwich, Mai went to the flying horses today. great place. America's oldest carousel. great great song.
Noblelaureat from Anysignificanttown, InHmm, I'm seeing a wind in the willows influence to be quite honest..badger, one-eyed toad, "wise old look of the old," honestly? Definitely one influence...
Dean Beaver from Glens Falls, NyDude, obviously the song involves more that brass rings from a carousel. Its a song about love lost as well.
Ryan from Philly, Pathere is actually a couple of these carousels around the US. i have been to one in San Diego
Kevin from Mansfield, CtI think this song has to do with catcher in the rye.Because in the catcher in the rye the child grabs the ring off of the carousel and this sybolizes their growing up because they cant be controlled by their parents. Catcher in the rye is all about how a boy doesnt want to grow up and he wants to catch the kids going off the hill to adult hill.
Nick from Pepperell, MaHey, i love this song. I've actually been to the flying horses carosel on Martha's Vineyard quite a few times. I always wondered if thats what the song was about.
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