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Written by Max in 1988 and newly arranged for the album Story of My Life.

"There were no horses in this land when the Spanish came. They came riding these big animals that no one had seen before.

"But even though they'd never seen one, the old people had their own word for the horse, because their earliest stories featured a tiny mare and a tiny stallion that had gone away generations ago. Now they were coming back, much bigger.

"The Anglo scientists had a new word for these tiny horses of long ago. And in the story the scientists told, the tiny horses had also started here, and they also said they'd gone away, and came back."

Lyrics

i am eohippus,
oldest of my famliy.

i am eohippus,
oldest of my family.

it's my blood that keeps you warm -
i visit you when the sun goes away.

it's my blood that keeps you warm -
i visit you when the sun goes away.

i follow you softly on a lonesome trail,
wind caressing me with your smell.

i follow you softly on a lonesome trail,
wind caressing me with your smell.

i follow you until the dawn -
leave you at the light of day.

i follow you until the dawn -
leave you at the light of day.

watch the way i'm shaking my tail!
fanning into the morning sky.

watch the way i'm shaking my tail!
fanning into the morning sky.

see the shape i leave to haunt you -
see the shape i leave to haunt you -

feathery cloud is still above you.
feathery cloud...

i am eohippus,
oldest of my famliy.

i am eohippus,
oldest of my family.
oldest of my family.

I trot behind you but my feet don't touch the ground
I trot behind you but my feet don't touch the ground
I trot behind you but my feet don't touch the ground
I trot behind you but my feet don't touch the ground
don't touch the ground
don't touch the ground
don't touch the ground
but my feet don't touch the ground

Copyright © Max Carmichael 1988, 2015.

Eohippus skeleton

Eohippus fossil skeleton, photo by Katie Rauh

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