"All the Tired Horses" as written by and Bob Dylan....
All the tired horses in the sun
How'm I supposed to get any ridin' done? Hmm.


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"All the Tired Horses" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General CommentI always thought this song was symbolically important given it's context. Self Portrait is my favorite Dylan album and in my opinion does a better job summing him up than any biography would later to prove to (including Biograph and Chronicles). To begin the album 'Self Portrait' he composes All The Tired Horses- a song he arranged and wrote yet does not have a voice in. One of a handful of songs on his albums where he does not sing, but the only one where someone else sings and he is absent.
    Given it's placement on the album and the album which it is on the implication is that this is either the backdrop of his life- or extending the metaphor- the blank canvas against which his likeness is composed. Fittingly the album is constructed of various standards he has re-tooled in his own fashion as well as a few of his classics performed live. All the Tired Horses is reminiscent of a hymn or work song- which ultimately were the birth parents of modern American folk and country music.
    All the Tired Horses seems to be Dylan reconstructing the birth of both him ad his music.
    nigelmustaphaon December 17, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationThe lines seem at first to be chastising the horses. They're too tired to go out riding, so the singer is stuck. However, given the fact that it is sunny out and the melody is sublimely content, I get the feeling the singer is quite happy being lazy. He is only playfully blaming them.
    dayglopirateon April 27, 2016   Link
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    General Commenthuh?
    pton January 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentEpic lyrics ya got there..
    Lateralus518on January 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commentits pretty self explanitory. great song.
    Dark_Side_on February 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentman the lyrics don't say much ... but such a powerful song despite (because of?) the simplicity
    suckmykisson March 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentself portrait is amazing. this song is sweet.
    the scenic worldon November 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentself portrait is amazing. this song is sweet.
    the scenic worldon November 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWow I have a complete opposite opinion of Self Portrait. I think its absolute dreck and I agree with Greil Marcus who famously wrote about Self Portratait, "What is this Shit?" Awful album.
    boppypelton October 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDon't you see?

    The horses are society, which is tired.
    We are all part of that society, and we just need to play our parts... but so many feel oppressed.
    It's an analogy, and it's so amazingly simple... but brilliant!!! The lightbulb just came on over my head when I was listening to this. That's it! That's the answer! Because think of our society as a peice of unshaped clay... nobody has shaped it into a horse yet, but it somehow is seen that way! Hmmmm... interesting! And how are we (the horses) supposed to carry the load (our riders) into a progressive state to meet the potential we all so desperately seek, whereby the unfulfillment of the horses own duties and responsibilities, portray a constant reminder, or indicator to each horses rider OF that unmet potential, OF those unfulfilled duties. It's a constant reminder, and the longer they aren't moving, the more the sun is burning on them. People... you can't stay in the sun very long without getting burned. There's the meaning. KABAM!
    Quarnphardtzon February 10, 2009   Link

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