Do you Ride Horses

from What I'm Lookin' For by Dan Weber

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I met an older woman one day and around her house she had pictures all over the walls, family photos mostly. There were lots in black and white and a number of them had her husband Jim, sitting up on his horse. She also had a coat rack full of Jim’s old Stetson hats. She saw my hat and asked me ‘Are you a cowboy? “Umm, no Maam” ‘Well, Do You Ride Horses?’ Then she told me Jim’s story.

Special ‘Thanks’ to Roland Brown’ for telling me “Dan, that might have been the best song I heard all festival” then asked kindly “if there’s one line---just one line---I’d ask you to consider changing it’d be the last one”. So I did…


Do You Ride Horses
By Dan Weber © 2015 Highway142Music (ASCAP)

She had room full of pictures, a museum of sorts
5 children, 9 grandkids, traced back to the source
In that photo from the 40’s, it was black and white of course
Her husband Jim, he was sitting on his horse

She said ‘You would’ve like Jim, he was a cowboy like you
He wore a straw Stetson hat, till it fell clean through
And every fall at the round-up, he’d get one brand new
Aw, you would’ve liked Jim; he loved to ride horses’

Do you Ride Horses? What’s your breed?
A good saddle, that’s all you need
To be closer to God, then you might ever be
You would’ve liked Jim, he loved to ride horses

When he came back from the war, Jim came back changed
It was something that he saw, said he just couldn’t say
He’d take 2 weeks off in August, to try and ride away
And he went further, and further on that horse

She said ‘I never tagged along, even though I could ride’
The truth is, she was pregnant, damn near half of the time
But she always hoped that colt, could heal the man inside
And inside Jim, he loved to ride horses

Repeat Chorus

But now there’s 40 years gone, from those frames staring back
She said there’s no use, living in the past…

In retirement Jim kept riding, but his hip was keeping score
He said it’s like a rusty hinge, with a heavy wooden door
But he just had to ride that country, maybe one time more
And you know Jim, he loved to ride horses

They found his saddle, with his body, but that horse was born to run
Out where Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon are one
And where bands of wild horses, disappear into the sun
With the ones, who love to ride horses

Repeat Chorus

Well you’ll be closer to God then you might ever be
You would’ve liked Jim, he loved to ride horses
So here’s to Jim, who loved to ride horses


from What I'm Lookin' For, track released March 21, 2015
Dan Weber: Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Anna Tivel: Fiddle
Arthur Parker: Electric Bass
Anders Bergstrom: Drums
Naomi Hooley: Harmony Vocals


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Award Winning songwriter Dan Weber has been described as “The classic mid-life overnight sensation.” An ex-Park Ranger, he began at performing at 40 and in a few short years was winning over audiences with inspired performances & hilarious stories from the roads he’s traveled. The Legendary Ramblin’ Jack Elliott said “I love Dan’s songs and he tells really good stories.” ... more

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