"Farewell Ride" as written by and Hansen....
Two white horses in a line carrying me to my burying
Ground some need diamonds some need love some need
Cards some need luck
Some need dollar bills lining their clothes
All I need is all I need is two white horses in a line taking
Me for my farewell ride some may say this might be
Your last farewell ride
I don't see the face of
Kindness I don't hear the
Mission bells I don't smell
The morning roses all I see
Is all I see is
Two white horses in a line
Carrying me to my burying ground
Some may say this might be
Your last farewell ride


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"Farewell Ride" as written by Beck Hansen

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    General CommentI like the whole coke idea. By the way, who else thought this was the music from Breaking Bad when they first heard it?
    seesei64on June 05, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI\'d wager it\'s a reference to cocaine. The term \'riding the white horse\' is a rather well-known allusion to cocaine use, and the fact that they\'re \"in a line\" adds to that assertion. He describes how some people need love, money, happiness, riches, yet he cares not, and is blind to everything in the world around him except \"two white horses in a line/taking me for my farewell ride,\" which sounds like death by overdose to me.

    Hopefully it\'s not biographical :-/
    fj311on April 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdefinitely not autobiographical, anyway.
    i'm tending to agree.
    one of the best modern dirty blues songs i've ever heard.
    shinyappleon July 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh man, I like the coccaine theory but I always though it was him getting executed. You know, tied up on a horse, being led to the ole lynching tree, a mob behind him. If I were a music video director that's what I'd do.
    waxpoeticon February 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I have no clue what its about, just kind of a nice dark feeling (yeah I'm an AIC fan :)) thruout with cool sfx like your coffin is being carried around by horses. Just different, I like it a lot
    Angry Saron February 28, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"riding the white horse" plus the word "line" is an allusion to cocaine use, however, there's a strong allusion to death also..."farewell ride," "burying ground." The slow, trudging tempo of the song with the chains in the backround sounds to me like these "horses" have been taking him down a long lingering road. He also says "some MAY say/this MAY be your LAST farewell ride" as in, there have been other farewell rides. The way the song tapers off in the end, you can almost see him riding off into the distance, thinking it's going to be his last...but it just keeps going...
    erintricklestooon June 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthorse usually refers to heroin, not coke
    lilstacyQon December 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEither way, the reference to a drug makes sense.
    "some may say this might be
    your last farewell ride"
    That taking this drug, that he knows that something may happen and it could end his life.

    That every time he does the drug that it takes him closer and closer to death. As his addiction grows he will soon die from too much.
    Sanzibaron March 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentanother set of details i think adds to the meaning of the song is included in "I don't see the face of / kindness I don't hear the /mission bells I don't smell / the morning roses". these indicate the speaker is using the drugs as a means of escaping the misery that life brings him and the fact that he fails to appreciate the beautiful features of the world, such as friendly faces and roses. also, the reference to mission bells shows that he has given up on religion too.
    clamores_musarumon April 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentanother set of details i think adds to the meaning of the song is included in "I don't see the face of / kindness I don't hear the /mission bells I don't smell / the morning roses". these indicate the speaker is using the drugs as a means of escaping the misery that life brings him and the fact that he fails to appreciate the beautiful features of the world, such as friendly faces and roses. also, the reference to mission bells shows that he has given up on religion too.
    clamores_musarumon April 24, 2007   Link

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