MY RIFLE, MY PONY AND ME

The History of Rock Music (songs)

My Rifle, My Pony And Me

The sun is sinking in the west
The cattle go down to the stream
The redwing settles in the nest
It’s time for a cowboy to dream

Purple light in the canyons
That’s where I long to be
With my three good companions
Just my rifle, pony and me

Gonna hang my sombrero
On the limb of a tree
Coming home sweetheart darling
Just my rifle, pony and me
Just my rifle, my pony and me

Whippoorwill in the willow
Sings a sweet melody
Riding to Amarillo
Just my rifle, pony and me

No more cows to be roping
No more strays will I see
Round the bend she’ll be waiting
For my rifle, pony and me
For my rifle, my pony and me

 

This song, (together with “Cindy”) is performed in the 1959 American Western film,  “Rio Bravo”,  set in Texas during the late 1860s. In the movie John Wayne, the sheriff of Rio Bravo, arrests the brother of a wealthy and powerful rancher to help his friend and deputy (Dean Martin) who is always drunk.

Dean Martin, sings “My Rifle, My Pony, And Me” (an indirect way of saying “Just Me”)accompanied by Ricky Nelson, and then Nelson sings a brief version of “ Cindy“, accompanied by Martin and Brennan. This is a popular American folk song, which originated in North Carolina (according to John Lomax) and presents many different versions.
If it refers to the Civil War , it was probably written from the point of view a Confederate soldier, who is going to fight. Therefore the refrain of “get along home”  gets clear:  the soldier going to war is saying good-bye to his sweetheart, and asks her  to go home and wait for him to come back.

 

Cindy

I wish I was an apple hangin’ in a tree
And everytime my sweetheart passed
She’d take a bite off me
She told me that she loved me
She called me sugar plum
She threw her arms around me
I thought my time had come
Get along home, Cindy-Cindy
Get along home, Cindy-Cindy
Get along home, Cindy-Cindy
I’ll marry you sometime

I wish I had a needle
As fine as I could sew
I’d sew her in my pocket
And down the road I go
Cindy hugged and kissed me
She wrung her hands and cried
Swore I was the prettiest thing
That ever lived or died
Get along home, Cindy-Cindy
Get along home, Cindy-Cindy
Get along home, Cindy-Cindy
I’ll marry you sometime

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TRADUZIONE:

Io, il mio fucile e il mio pony

Il sole sta tramontando a occidente,
il bestiame scende al torrente,
il tordo si sistema nel nido
e per il cowboy è giunta l’ora di sognare

C’è una luce viola nei canyon:
ecco dove vorrei essere
con i miei tre cari compagni:
solo il mio fucile, il mio pony e me

Ho intenzione di appendere il mio sombrero
al ramo di un albero.
Sto tornando a casa tesoro mio dolce,
solo il mio fucile, il mio pony e me

L’uccello notturno nel salice
canta una dolce melodia.
Io sto cavalcando verso Amarillo,
solo il mio fucile, il mio pony e me

Non avrò più mucche da radunare
né dovrò vedere altri cani randagi
Lei starà aspettando, dietro la curva,
il mio fucile, il mio pony e me
Cindy
Vorrei essere una mela che pende da un albero
così ogni volta che il mio amore passa
ne staccherebbe un morso.
Mi ha detto che mi amava,
mi ha chiamato la sua prugna candita
mi ha gettato le braccia al collo
ed io ho creduto che fosse arrivato il momento giusto.
Va’ a casa, Cindy,
un giorno ti sposerò.

Vorrei avere un ago
così fine da riuscire a cucire
Me la cucirei nella tasca
e me ne andrei in giro.
Cindy mi ha abbracciato e baciato.
Si è stretta con forza le mani e si è messa a piangere
E a giurare che ero la cosa più bella
per cui vivere o morire
Va’ a casa, Cindy,
un giorno ti sposerò.

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