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"Palomino"
by Duran Duran
Song details
Duran duran big thing Track number 7
from the album
Big Thing
Previous track: Do You Believe in Shame?
Next track: Interlude One
Length: 5:19
Writer(s): Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor
Producer(s): Duran Duran, Jonathan Elias, Daniel Abraham


"Palomino" is a Duran Duran song from their fifth studio album, Big Thing. It is a dreamy, softly-sung ballad.

The title is not mentioned in the lyrics and the meaning behind it is unknown. The song was previously known as "Welcome to the Edge" during album recording sessions and featured a completely different set of lyrics.

Ask Katy triviaEdit

"Hi Katy, I am writing to ask about "Palomino" from Big Thing. It sounds a lot like Arcadia to me-I have a strong suspicion it was written mostly by Messrs. Rhodes and LeBon. Am I right? Do they have any comments about this song? Thanks, Austin"'

  • "Actually, the song Palomino was mostly John and my baby, but certainly Nick contributed to it. The chorus lyric comes from a quote by Pablo Picasso which Daniel Abrahams one of our co-producers brought to light. It is said that at the height of his ‘blue period’, the great artist was asked (flippantly, one can only assume) "but what do you do when you run out of blue?" To which Picasso replied "why, I use red instead." Never lost for words, that one. s"

"Dear Katy, I love the song palomino and I was wondering what the inspiration for the song was?'"'

  • "I ASKED SIMON AND HE SAYS - "One of the beautiful girls I have known.s""

Song versionsEdit

  • "Palomino" – 5:19
  • "Palomino (Edit)" – 3:30 (B-side to "Do You Believe in Shame?")
  • "Welcome to the Edge (Acoustic Rehearsal)" – 2:47 (bootleg, The Medicine)
  • "Welcome to the Edge (Electric Rehearsal)" – 4:43 (bootleg, The Medicine)

The 'Acoustic Rehearsal' is a scrappy, rough-take recording and is barely recognizable compared to "Palomino". The 'Electric Rehearsal' is much closer to "Palomino" musically but with totally different lyrics.

Despite the title, neither these demos, nor the song "Palomino" in general, have anything to do with "The Edge of America", another song from the Big Thing sessions that uses the title in its lyrics.

LyricsEdit

She lays on the wall
Watching the strangers drift away
Midday's ore, thick
With the sun of Arabia
She surrenders, the voices
They gather, on the wind
Talking, chanting, breathing
Into her body

Yesterdays
Oh, ohhh

Awakened beside
The scent of burnt sugar on her skin
Painting eyes, thick
With the colours she brings in
Always sure and strong
When the lightning tumbles down
Don't you frown
Everything will be in time for this evening

If there's secrets she has to be party to
Every one of them
If there's heaven she gets to the heart
And you'll wonder why she said
When I run out of blue
Help me rise instead
Now I can run to you
Why she said
When I run out of blue
Give me red instead
Now let me run (Now let me run)

If there's secrets she has to be party to
Every one of them
If there's heaven she gets to the heart
And you'll know just why she said
When I run out of blue
Help me rise instead
Now I can run to you
Why she said
When I run out of blue
Give me red instead
Now let me run (Now let me run)

Hey hey!

Why she said
When I run out of blue
Help me rise instead
Now I can run to you
Why she said
When I run out of blue
Give me red instead
Now I can run to you
Why she said
When I run out of blue
Help me rise instead
Now I can run to you
Why she said
When I run out of blue
Give me red instead
Now let me run to you...

PersonnelEdit

DURAN DURAN
Simon Le BonNick RhodesJohn TaylorRoger Taylor
Andy TaylorWarren CuccurulloSterling Campbell
DISCOGRAPHY
ALBUMS

Duran DuranRioSeven and the Ragged TigerArenaNotoriousBig ThingLibertyDuran Duran (The Wedding Album)Thank YouMedazzalandPop TrashAstronautRed Carpet Massacre

COMPILATIONS and EP's

CarnivalDecade: Greatest HitsGreatestNight Versions: The Essential Duran DuranStrange BehaviourSingles Box Set 1981-1985Singles Box Set 1986-1995

SINGLES

"Planet Earth" • "Careless Memories" • "Girls on Film" • "My Own Way" • "Hungry Like the Wolf" • "Save a Prayer" • "Rio"• "Is There Something I Should Know?" • "Union of the Snake" • "New Moon on Monday" • "The Reflex" • "The Wild Boys" • "A View to a Kill" • "Notorious" • "Skin Trade" • "Meet El Presidente" • "I Don't Want Your Love" • "All She Wants Is" • "Do You Believe in Shame?" • "Burning the Ground" • "Violence of Summer (Love's Taking Over)" • "Serious" • "Ordinary World" • "Come Undone" • "Too Much Information" • "Perfect Day" • "White Lines" • "Out of My Mind" • "Electric Barbarella" • "Someone Else Not Me" • "(Reach Up for The) Sunrise" • "What Happens Tomorrow" • "Nice" • "Falling Down"

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