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I Wanna Run Free.mp3

Maria Daines/Paul Killington Featuring Marybeth Daines on backing vocals

They say the history of the West was written from the saddle of a horse. Without horses settlement of the West would have been all but impossible since a man on horseback could cover a much greater distance than one on foot; without horses, wagons, stagecoaches and plows could not have been pulled. Today the horse still continues to be an important part of the American experience; we are thrilled by the prowess of a Thoroughbred achieving a Kentucky Derby win, we are awed by the wild freedom of a herd of mustangs thundering across the open range, and we are entertained by horses in film and literature. To this day law enforcement still uses horses to help them with a broad range of duties from crowd control to search-and-rescue situations. Distinguished military funerals usually include the Caisson Platoon, whose central figure is a riderless black horse to symbolize a fallen leader. Children with mental and physical disabilities have been offered unique support by learning new skills on horseback. It could be said that the United States of America owes a great debt to the horse, he has always been there for us. The United States Senate recognized this in 2004 by unanimously passing Senate Resolution 452, declaring December 13 as the National Day of the Horse. The purpose of this day is to encourage the people of the United States to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States. So then, why are we allowing foreign interests to butcher horses and ship their meat overseas? There are three horse slaughterhouses operating in the United States, two in Texas and one in Illinois. All three are owned by French and Belgian stakeholders. These slaughterhouses export horsemeat to Europe and Asia, where it is served up as an expensive delicacy. A pound of horsemeat can fetch upwards of $20 in Belgium. These businesses offer no benefit to the American economy since all profits are siphoned overseas. They claim to be a "good corporate citizen", yet the Dallas Crown horse slaughterhouse in Kaufman, Texas was found to be a nuisance. People living in a nearby neighborhood are tired of the stench, which can get so overpowering that they cannot go outside. Dallas Crown also routinely overwhelms the sewers, causing horse blood to back up into neighbors' bath tubs. A true "good corporate citizen" would never do this to its neighbors. A majority of Americans (79%) do not approve of horse slaughter due to our cultural attachment to horses. Supporters of the ban include the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, the National Steeplechase Association Inc, the Palomino Horse Association Int., and the United States Eventing Association. Recently Gretchen Jackson the owner / breeder of Barbaro,winner of the 2006 Kentucky Derby, stepped forward in support. Yet the killing goes on. Currently there are two bills before our lawmakers which would ban this practice for good. The idea of ending horse slaughter enjoys strong bi-partisan support in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the bills before both chambers have more than enough co-sponsors to pass should they be allowed out for a vote. Unfortunately, the horse slaughter interests have powerful allies in Congress who hold key positions. For the past three years these people have successfully held these bills in committee, not allowing them to the floor. But a tenacious group of horse lovers will not allow Congress to stand idly by and let this happen. Every day they patiently continue their work, speaking to people and encouraging them to get involved, contacting the media, doing research and getting the word out. This group consists of people from many walks of life with one common goal; to not rest until they are safe. This song was written to honor the work of compassionate individuals and groups campaigning tirelessly to end the slaughter of the American horse. And the beat goes on.... Duane Burright Malibu, CA

 

I WANNA RUN FREE

I am your friend, I am your warrior
I run your races, I walk your miles
I never give up, in stormy weather
Now I need you, to share my trials

My eyes are open, my heart is true
My words unspoken, are all for you
My hope is brave, our bond is strong
I stand for freedom, oh hear my song...

I'm yours in poverty, I'm yours in wealth
I stand for loyalty, I need your help
I'm part of history, this land so true
I give my life, my soul to you...

And I, I wanna run free
I wanna be loved in the hearts of the American people
Oh I, I wanna run free,
I wanna be loved in the hearts of the American people

I've carried soldiers, I've carried babes
I've run the gauntlet to the grave
I'm sound of heart and sure of pride
If you will stand right by my side

I'm yours in poverty, I'm yours in wealth
I stand for loyalty, I need your help
I'm part of history, this land so true
I give my life, my soul to you...

And I, I wanna run free
I wanna be loved in the hearts of the American people
Oh I, I wanna run free,
I wanna be loved in the hearts of the American people
And I, I wanna run free
I wanna be loved in the hearts of the American people
Oh I, I wanna run free,
I wanna be loved in the hearts of the American people

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