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Palomino
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song by Duran Duran
Released 18 October 1988
Genre Pop
Length 5:19 minutes
Label Capitol, EMI
Writer(s) Taylor, Rhodes, Le Bon,
Producer(s) Duran Duran
Jonathan Elias
Daniel Abraham
Duran Duran

"Palomino" is a song by Duran Duran, released on the album Big Thing by Capitol-EMI on 18 October 1988.

About the song[]

This is a dreamy, softly-sung ballad. The song title is not mentioned in the lyrics and the meaning behind it is unknown.

"Palomino" was previously known as "Welcome to the Edge" during album recording sessions and featured a completely different set of lyrics.

Ask Katy trivia[]

"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 versions[]

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.

Personnel[]

With:

Lyrics[]

She lays on the wall
Watching the strangers drift away
Midday's ore, thick With the sun of Arabia
She surrenders her 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 colour 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 (honey)
Why she said
When I run out of blue
Give me red instead
Now I can run to you (come on, come on)
Why she said (come on now)
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 (baby, baby its alright)
Give me red instead (come on, gimme)
Now I can run to you (gimme, gimme soul)
Why she said
When I run out of blue...

Misheard Lyrics[]

She surrenders to voices that gather on the wind

Painting eyes, thick with the colours she brings in

Give me white instead

See also[]

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 MassacreAll You Need Is NowPaper GodsFuture Past

COMPILATIONS and EPs

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

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 • "All You Need Is Now • "Girl Panic! • "Leave A Light On • "Pressure Off"
• "Five Years" • "Invisible" • "More Joy" • "Anniversary"• "Tonight United"

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