Michael Martin Murphey performs "Wildfire"live on Larry's Country Diner.

Michael Martin Murphey performs Wildfire"live on Larry's Country Diner.

"Wildfire" is a classic song written by Michael Martin Murphey and Larry Cansler. It was originally recorded by Murphey, who had yet to add his middle name to his recorded work, and appears on his gold-plus 1975 album Blue Sky – Night Thunder.

Released in February 1975, as the album's lead single, "Wildfire" became Murphey's highest-charting Pop hit in the United States. The somber story song hit #2 in Cash Box and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June 1975. In addition, it hit the top position of the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, displacing "Love Will Keep Us Together".

The single continued to sell, eventually receiving platinum certification from the RIAA, signifying sales of over two million US copies. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.

Michael Martin Murphey Wildfire lyrics


She comes down from Yellow Mountain

On a dark, flat land she rides

On a pony she named Wildfire

With a whirlwind by her side

On a cold Nebraska night


Oh, they say she died one winter

When there came a killing frost

And the pony she named Wildfire

Busted down its stall

In a blizard he was lost


She ran calling Wildfire

She ran calling Wildfire

She ran calling Wildfire


By the dark of the moon - I planted

But there came an early snow

There's been a hoot-owl howling by my window now

For six nights in a row

She's coming for me I know

And on Wildfire we're both gonna go


We'll be riding Wildfire

We'll be riding Wildfire

We'll be riding Wildfire


On Wildfire we're gonna ride

Gonna leave sodbustin' behind

Get these hard times right on out of our minds

Riding Wildfire

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