My Rifle My Pony & Me

After my plan to Leh (roof of the world) was canceled, Nikhil and I are searching for a new location. Check out some of the photos from my recent trip to the Himalayas (Almora, Kausani, Bageshwar, Haidakhan, Mahavatar Babaji’s Cave path, and some other random clicks).Rains came yesterday night, which took away some of the scorching heat of the plains.

Meanwhile I recorded Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson’s rendition (from the movie Rio Bravo) of an old canyon favorite today, My Rifle My Pony and Me. This song has such a soothing effect that I kept singing it over and again. The words simply take you to wherever you wish to escape to.  The Alps, the Rockies, or for someone like me – deep in the Himalayan hills. Enjoy the first attempt.



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 canyon
that is 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 sweet my darling
just my rifle 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 ropin’
No more strays will I see
’round the bend shell be waitin
For my rifle pony and me
For my rifle my pony and me.

Comments So Far..
  • akanksha 18 June, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    read the write-up about you, quite impressive.

    We do have common interests and it amazed me to know that you too are passionate
    about urdu. This is one language i have always loved. But haven’t learnt
    it properly still. Will do that someday. Again, photography, guitar.. something
    dont wanna n cant do without..
    Anyways.. wish you all the best in all your endeavors..


    Akanksha Chaudhary

    when life spaces up, it moves on until it gives back..

  • Keeds 19 June, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    I can smell the campfire and see the sun setting behind the mountains. Very nice.

  • Keeds 19 June, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    I forgot to mention … when Ricky Nelson was young and appeared on his family’s TV show, “The Ozzie and Harriet” show, he was my favorite young comedian and singer.

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