My post today is a song I collaborated on many years ago with an Alberta Cowboy Poet by the name of Buddy Gale. It was while I was in my “hay-day” as a singing cowgirl. If you want to know more about those days here is the FB link to Katie, The Cariboo Song Rider
I took the photo for the song “Beauty” out in Exeter Valley (Bridge Creek Estate Ranch). You can just see the Highlands where the cattle are in the distance. When I was kid this was always a great place to ride.
Beauty (Where All Cowboys Ride)
as performed by Gordon Maxwell
If beauty’s a land where cattle can hide;
Beauty’s the place where all cowboys ride.
If beauty is Hoare frost, rain, snow and sleet;
Then beauty’s the place where all cowboys meet.
If beauty is sagebrush tumbling along
Then beauty is also the howling winds song.
If beauty is mountains and old Jack Pine rails.
Then beauty is muskeg and hard rocky trails.
If beauty is sundown – cold hazy sky.
Then beauty’s a bedroll; a good place to lie.
If beauty is silence with smoke in your eyes.
Then beauty’s the night owl flying by.
From the poem “Beauty” written by Buddy Gale
Song Lyrics: Buddy Gale & Katie Kidwell
Music: Katie Kidwell
©Beauty, Buddy Gale & Katie Kidwell, 1995 SOCAN
This song is a collaboration between Buddy Gale and myself, Katie Kidwell. Originally a poem by Buddy called “Beauty”; additional lines and music made it a song. Recorded by Gordon Maxwell who is known as Ian Tyson’s bass player of many years. I am playing the acoustic autoharp in this recording.
You can also listen to Beauty at SoundCloud
©Katie Kidwell, The Living Of Loving, 2019
©GWJ Creative Art