Wild West Hero

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"Wild West Hero" is a song by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), and the closing track and third single from the album Out of the Blue. The song was written reputedly by lead singer Jeff Lynne in 4 minutes whilst on holiday. Melvyn Gale, normally the band's cellist, provided the Western-style piano for this track. It entered the UK Top 40 at No. 31 in June 1978 but fell to number 36 the following week. Thanks to a rush-release in 12" format on yellow vinyl, its fortunes were reversed a week later, and within six weeks it had risen to a peak position of number 6. Coincidentally this was also the highest UK position achieved by the group's previous single, "Mr. Blue Sky", and the next two, "Sweet Talkin' Woman" and "Shine a Little Love". The chorus of the song has the same chord progression as Pachelbel's Canon's but transposed from D to G, which is the tonality of "Wild West Hero". The only exception is the 7th chord of the chorus, which is A instead of C. 


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(Wish I was... a wild west hero)
Sometimes, I look up high 
And then I think there might 
Just be a better life 
Away from all we know 
That´s where I want to go 
Out on the wild side 
And I wish I was (oh, oh, oh, oh) 
A wild west hero.

Ride the range all the day 
Till the first fading light 
Be with my western girl 
Round the fire, oh so bright 
I´d be the Indians´ friend 
Let them live to be free 
Riding in to the sunset 
I wish I could be.

I´d ride the desert sands 
And through the prairie lands 
Trying to do what´s right 
The folks would come to me 
They´d say "We need you here" 
I´d stay for the night 
Oh, I wish I was (oh, oh, oh, oh) 
A wild west hero.

Oh, I wish I was (oh, oh, oh, oh) 
A wild west hero 
I wish I was (oh, oh, oh, oh) 
A wild west hero 
Oh, I wish I was (oh, oh, oh, oh) 
A wild west hero 
Wish I was (oh, oh, oh, oh) 
A wild west hero.

Wish I was... a wild west hero.

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Electric Light Orchestra

Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are a British rock group from Birmingham, England who released eleven studio albums between 1971 and 1986 and another album in 2001. ELO were formed to accommodate Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne's desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones. After Wood's departure following the band's debut record, Lynne wrote and arranged all of the group's original compositions and produced every album. more »

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Written by: JEFF LYNNE

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