"Painted Horse" as written by and Gillan Blackmore....
Child on a painted horse
Streams that will run their course
Gone to a far away shore
Ooh, ooh, ah
My painted horse is weeping

Days of another kind
Frost gets a bruising vine
Why did the carpenter die
Ooh, ooh, ah
My painted horse is weeping

Sweet as a rose so fine
Peaceful as a final time
How old could the lion man cry
Ooh, ooh, ah
My painted horse is weeping

Thoughts of a winter moon
Warm in a distant room
Why did I fall asleep so soon
Ooh, ooh, ah
My painted horse is weeping


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"Painted Horse" as written by Ritchie Blackmore

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    My InterpretationEach verse seems to be singing about the death of someone. The first verse about the death of a child ... not sure who in particular the second and third verse are directly referring to.

    The last verse is singing about their own death.

    "Thoughts of a winter moon" - winter relates to death many times in literature
    "Warm in a distant room" - that is in death their body is cold, but their spirit is warm elsewhere
    "Why did I fall asleep so soon" - death equates to sleep

    Well one way I interpreted the song.
    sokornyon April 03, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationCould this all be a dream of the narrator?? The first three verses paint a picture of a vivid fantasy dream "Child on a painted horse", lion man" etc. etc. Similarly could be a drug induced fantasy or because a depressive state of the mind.

    The last verse could be seen as them literally asleep and dreaming.

    "Thoughts of a winter moon
    Warm in a distant room
    Why did I fall asleep so soon"

    These lines could allude to that their fantasy world is cold but they are really at home safe and warm in bed.
    sokornyon April 03, 2016   Link

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