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War Horse

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"War Horse" was inspired by a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in particular by the Jules Bastien-Lepage painting "Joan of Arc."

www.metmuseum.org

This is the sixth installment of a new song project: Exhibit.

Every Tuesday for 8 weeks I will spend time in a New York City museum. Within one week's time, I will compose and record a song inspired by the visit.

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WAR HORSE

The spirit it moved me
It led me to do these
Things that I don't know how to explain
A feather a chalice
An imperfect balance
Waiting to be set against the grain
And I'll never have to go back home again

Take me away
I don't care where I land
Better on a war horse
Than in someone else's hands
Thought it was my place
To watch the country bleed
Don't know how I became
The girl who they believed

The saints knew they told me
What to do I only
Listened well and did the things they asked
And time moved as time does
A flame and what once was
Present quickly moved into the past
And I'm certain I was never meant to last

Take me away
I don't care where I land
Better on a war horse
Than in someone else's hands
Thought it was my place
To watch the country bleed
Don't know how I became
The girl who they believed

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from EXHIBIT, track released February 5, 2013

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Jenny Owen Youngs Los Angeles, California

Singer, songwriter, and natural history enthusiast Jenny Owen Youngs grew up in the forests of northern New Jersey and now spends much of her time writing with and for other artists in Los Angeles and working on her next record. She has toured extensively in the US and Europe, and her songs have been heard on Weeds, Nurse Jackie, Suburgatory, and Switched at Birth. ... more

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