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Every cowgirl writes a song about her horse. This one started out as a song I used to sing for my son who loved eating mangoes.
I was told one time that if you are a true Texas singer songwriter or a cowboy poet you will refer to The Brazos on a regular basis. I aspire to both vocations.



She’s the sweetest lil pony this side of the Brazos
And mango is her name
She’s a creamy colored orange with big brown eyes
And a root beer colored mane

When the stars begin to tease
The sun cries herself to sleep
I wanna chase these ghosts away
Out of the dark dry desert in the middle of my soul
That’s never seen the rain

I saddle up my Mango
Saddle up and Ride
Saddle up my Mango
Gonna take her for a ride

From the Grand Canyon right to the bright Marfa Lights I had Mango by my side
In the Mohabi desert I saw a thousand sunsets
Each one made me content enough to die
To die
To die

Mango let’s me ride her let’s me sit right her beside her
Til we break the edge of day
In the early morning twilight the sweet smell rises from the dewdrops on the hay
I’d like to think tonight she’ll be sleeping in the shadows instead of racing fields of black
But I know when daylight leaves us and voices overcome me
I’ll be on Mango’s back

Saddle up and Ride
Saddle up my Mango
Gonna take her for a ride
Ride my lil Mango
Chasing ghosts away
It’s only cause of mango
I’ll live another day



from Goodbye Raven, released September 7, 2012



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Shawn Waggoner Colorado

Shawn Waggoner began her music career in Austin, as the lead singer of the successful blues band, Blue Recluse. In '97, the band went on hiatus and Waggoner composed songs for her first cd, Contemplating Cacti. With a new focus on original, acoustic music, Waggoner teamed up with bassist David Farrell for three more cds. Each made its mark on the alternative-folk and Americana genres. ... more

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