Wyoming Wind
   
 

Wyoming Wind  © Michael Tomlinson

 I was born heading in to a stiff Wyoming Wind
And I never turned around to let it take me
Modern man must come to peace with a little dirt between his teeth
If he wants to walk this earth, look inside for all he’s worth
Full of life from birth to the grave

I am proof before your eyes that a man can come to realize
So many things I once believed have blown away now
But like the Platte River runs, so does the blood inside of us
And we are joined midstream, you and I and all we dream
In this land where the wind is ever roaming

Oh, the same old story since it all began
Of a loving woman and a lonesome man
How you gave me wonder where there was despair
Now I could not live without you there, next to me, and I want to see           
In the years to come, will you walk with me in the light of love?

I was born heading in to a stiff Wyoming Wind
And I never turned around to let it take me
Modern man must come to peace with a little dirt between his teeth
If he wants to walk this earth, look inside for all he’s worth
Full of life from birth to the grave

When I’m used up and gone, all the love inside of me
Will whirl around until I’ve found my way around you
You will know me by the sound of a lonesome whistle coming down
And I will be with you, in all you dream and all you do
In this land . . . where the wind . . . is ever roaming

I was born heading in to a stiff Wyoming Wind
And I never turned around to let it take me
Modern man must come to peace with a little dirt between his teeth
If he wants to walk this earth, look inside for all he’s worth
Full of life from birth to the grave

 
I wrote Wyoming Wind in honor of my friend Randall Hall, who in the late 1980s played my music on his radio station in Casper, Wyoming, and who flew me in for several wonderful concerts. Many years later, I visited Casper again to sing for Randy’s wedding to his true love, Michele. It rekindled our friendship, as sometimes can happen later in life when the trials and losses we all experience evolve into a deepening and a rich soulfulness that you admire in each other. A few years after that, Michele asked me to perform as a surprise at an event being held in Randy’s honor. Earlier that day I had been hiking the dusty trail along the cool Platte River when these lyrics began to come to me. I sang most of this song that very evening — poorly and in a somewhat ragged form, but promised to finish it for him. Here it is, as I promised, Randy. Thank you for the inspiration.
 
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