Vivremo come cavalli

Some day…

This song has been running over and over through my head these days, and I find myself humming it, singing it, thinking about it. First, because I was reminded of it when I selected it for my Every Breath is a Prayer playlist of Elton songs that inspire me. Second, because I get shivers up and down my spine every time I hear it. And third, because his duet with Luciano Pavarotti is just freaking unbelievable.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling a bit fenced in these days. Nothing overwhelming. I really can’t complain, and I feel somewhat selfish even mentioning it. Shelter in place, quarantine, isolation, whatever you want to call it. Not something I ever expected to experience.


Someday we’ll live like horses
Free rein from your old iron fences
There’s more ways than one to regain your senses
Break out the stalls and we’ll live like horses

This whole theme of being fenced in, imprisoned, caged, held back…it runs through many of BT’s lyrics. But the one thing I’ve noticed is that there is usually hope within the story he tells. That sometimes the anticipation of the open field, of freedom, is hope enough.

To be honest, I never thought I’d hear Elton sing a duet with Luciano Pavarotti. What a wonderful surprise when this was released in 1996. But oh my goodness. I dare you to watch this and, even more importantly, really listen to it – without getting misty-eyed or have shivers go up and down your spine, too. I dare you.

The music video

Vivremo come cavalli
Liberi dai recinti di ferro
Che più non voglio
Rinnegare i sensi
Su dai fuggiam
Vivremo come cavalli

When I translated the words above from Italian to English, this is what I got:

Live like horses
Free from iron fences
That I no longer want
Deny the senses
Come on let’s run away
Live like horses

So when this is all over, and we can go back to normal (hopefully a new, kinder, gentler normal), come, let’s run away. Let’s live like horses.