Album version

I was barely 13 years old
She came out of the Guadalupe's on a night so cold
Her coat was frosted diamonds in the sallow moon's glow
My silver palomino

Sixteen hands from her withers to the ground
I lie in bed and listen to the sound
Of the west Texas thunder roll
My silver palomino

I track her into the mountains she loved
Watch her from the rocks above
She'd dip her neck and drink from the winter flows
My silver palomino

Our mustañeros were the very best, sir
They could never lay a rope on her
No corral will ever hold
The silver palomino

In my dreams bareback I ride
Over the pradera low and wide
As the wind sweeps out the draw
'Cross the scrub desert floor

I'd give my riata and spurs
If I could be forever yours
I'd ride into the serrania where no one goes
For the silver palomino

Summer drought come hard that year
Our herd grazed the land so bare
Me and my dad had to blowtorch the thorns off the prickly pear
And mother, your hand slipped from my hair

Tonight I wake early the sky is pearl, the stars aglow
I saddle up my red roan
I ride deep into the mountains along a ridge of pale stone
Where the air is still with the coming snow
As I rise higher I can smell your hair
The scent of your skin, mother, fills the air
'Midst the harsh scrub pine that grows
I watch the silver palomino



SILVER PALOMINO is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 2005 album Devils & Dust. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of SILVER PALOMINO as released in 2005.

In the album's booklet, an epigraph of the song's lyrics reads: "A mother dies, leaving her young son to come to terms with the loss. In remembrance of Fiona Chappel, for her sons Tyler and Oliver."

Composition and Recording


A Palomino is a golden-colored horse with a pale mane and tail, originally bred in the southwestern United States. In the lyrics, "Mustañeros" means "Mustangers", "Pradera" means "Prairie", "Riata" means "Rope", "Serrania" means "Mountains", and "Prickly Pear" means "Cactus".

On this track, Bruce Springsteen sings vocals and plays guitar, keyboards, and percussion, and is accompanied by Nashville String Machine on strings.

Devils & Dust

Devils & Dust is Bruce Springsteen's thirteenth studio album. It was released on 26 Apr 2005 on Columbia Records. The album was recorded between 1996 and 2004 at Thrill Hill East (Springsteen's home studio in Rumson, NJ) and Thrill Hill West (Springsteen's home studio in Los Angeles, CA). Horns and some instrument overdubbing were recorded in 2004 at Southern Tracks in Atlanta, GA. Strings were recorded in 2004 at Masterfonics in Nashville, TN.

ALL THE WAY HOME and LONG TIME COMIN' were produced by Brendan O'Brien, Bruce Springsteen, and Chuck Plotkin. The rest of the album was produced by Brendan O'Brien. All horn and string arrangements were done by Eddie Horst. BLACK COWBOYS, JESUS WAS AN ONLY SON, LEAH, and MATAMOROS BANKS were mixed by Toby Scott. The rest of the album was mixed by Brendan O'Brien. Toby Scott was the recording engineer at Thrill Hill East, Thrill Hill West, and Southern Tracks, and Nick Didia was the recording engineer at Southern Tracks and Masterphonics.

The album includes a bonus DVD featuring filmed acoustic performances of DEVILS & DUST, LONG TIME COMIN', RENO, ALL I'M THINKIN' ABOUT, and MATAMOROS BANKS, with spoken commentary on their writing and creation. They were filmed live by director Danny Clinch in February 2005 in New Jersey. The DVD also includes the full album in 5.1 surround sound and in 2-channel stereo, with lyrics to the songs accompanying the audio in a karaoke style.

Bruce Springsteen -- Devils & Dust
Bruce Springsteen -- Devils & Dust

Devils & Dust debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, becoming Springsteen's seventh number one album in the U.S. It also peaked at number one in several European countries including the UK. The album was nominated for two 2006 Grammy Awards, Best Contemporary Folk Album and Best Long Form Music Video, but failed to win.

The album features 12 tracks and clocks at 50:55. It was issued on DualDisc, CD + DVD, and LP.

Live History

In preparation for the Devils & Dust Solo Acoustic Tour, SILVER PALOMINO was performed during both of the tour's two public warm-up rehearsal shows that took place in April 2005 in Asbury Park.

  1. 21 Apr 2005 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (public rehearsal)
  2. 22 Apr 2005 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (public rehearsal)

SILVER PALOMINO was performed 29 times during the Devils & Dust Solo Acoustic Tour (72 dates, April to November 2005).

  1. 25 Apr 2005 at Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI
  2. 28 Apr 2005 at Nokia Live At Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX
  3. 30 Apr 2005 at Glendale Arena, Glendale, AZ
  4. 02 May 2005 at Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, CA
  5. 03 May 2005 at Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, CA
  6. 05 May 2005 at Oakland Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA
  7. 07 May 2005 at Colorado Convention Center Lecture Hall, Denver, CO
  8. 10 May 2005 at Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN
  9. 11 May 2005 at Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont, IL
  10. 14 May 2005 at Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA
  11. 17 May 2005 at Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
  12. 24 May 2005 at Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
  13. 27 May 2005 at Royal Albert Hall, London, England
  14. 30 May 2005 at Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
  15. 01 Jun 2005 at Pavelló Olímpic De Badalona, Barcelona, Spain
  16. 02 Jun 2005 at Palacio De Deportes De La Comunidad De Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  17. 04 Jun 2005 at Palamalaguti, Bologna, Italy
  18. 06 Jun 2005 at Palalottomatica, Rome, Italy
  19. 15 Jun 2005 at Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
  20. 20 Jun 2005 at Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy, Paris, France
  21. 22 Jun 2005 at Forum København, Copenhagen, Denmark
  22. 28 Jun 2005 at ICC Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  23. 13 Jul 2005 at Corel Centre, Ottawa, Canada
  24. 16 Jul 2005 at Pepsi Arena, Albany, NY
  25. 01 Aug 2005 at U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, OH
  26. 04 Oct 2005 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ
  27. 07 Oct 2005 at Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT
  28. 24 Oct 2005 at Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA
  29. 28 Oct 2005 at TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA


As far as it's known, no artist has recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's SILVER PALOMINO.

Available Versions

List of available versions of SILVER PALOMINO on this website:

SILVER PALOMINO [Album version]

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