Promontory Rider*

Promontory Rider
what makes you ride so high?
To put a loving star
back in an empty sky
Once the wind was warm and sweet,
the ladies all in lace
But up there on the prominence
the tears just freeze your face
Promontory Rider - Territory Ranger... Step up

Found a stack of blank pictures
A passport out of Hell
Left here by a stranger
Seemed to wish me well
Signed Promontory Rider
Territory Ranger
Asking: Can you thread a needle?
Can you shoot the moon?
Walk the silver screen
to your judgement at High Noon
like any Promontory Rider? Territory Ranger... step up.

Ride on, ride on, ride

Ride upon the high ground,
ride upon the low
Promontory Rider
what makes you ride so slow?
Fit me out with heart and wings
and fill my head with crowns
I been crawlin' up this hill
but now I'm rollin' down
Promontory Rider - Territory Ranger... Step up

Promontory Rider
you used to ride so high
I don't know these days
just seem to ride on by
Once the wind was warm and sweet
but this must be your taste
You don't change this chilly range
for any other place
Promontory Rider-Territory Ranger
Ride on, ride on... Step up

Moving on the high ground, moving on the low ground
Promontory Rider stepping so high now... Step up!

Promontory Rider
what made you ride so high?
"to pluck a loving star
from out an empty sky"
But Promontory Rider
that was many years ago.
Movin' on the high ground,
movin' on the low

Promontory Rider, ride on, ride on
Territory Ranger, ride on, ride
Step right up and put that loving star
right back inside that empty sky
Promontory Rider, ride on, ride on
Territory Ranger.... Step up

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*1* (Source: Robert Hunter, _Box of Rain_ (1st edition), pp. 172-173)

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