"Horses" as written by Mike Roth, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine....
I am the boy who won't let go
I live in my head
and I don't look like my photos.
And I hate the sound of the world outside
'cause everybody coming here can't wait to say goodbye

And I followed your car to my childhood home
And I looked for the key hidden under the stone
And I still hear the sound in my father's voice
When he lifts me up, like I'm a little boy

But I saw horses from my window
They were watching all the cars go
And they don't care that I am broken
Close my eyes and run beside them
But I'm already free,
And I'm already free
So don't look for me here
'cause I run in my dreams

I am the girl who won't let go
I live in my house and I don't like my photos
And I hate the sound of the world outside
And I still haven't found my place to hide

But I saw horses from my window
They were watching all the cars go
And they don't care that I am broken
Close my eyes and run beside them

I saw horses from my window
They were watching all the cars go
And they don't care that I am broken
Close my eyes and run beside them

Through the valleys and the pastures
And I know you'll never find me
'cause I'm already free,
And I'm already free

So don't look for me here
'cause I run in my dreams

in my dreams


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    My InterpretationI don't know the motivations of the girls in the band, so my remarks are simply about my own reaction to it. My best guess would be that this song talks about some kind of abuse by the father and the children's efforts to break free of it. However, this song struck me very strongly the first time I heard it for other reasons.

    I have Asperger's Syndrome, a high-functioning form of Autism. My two sons have been diagnosed with it as well, and I am also a Special Educator who works with kids with disabilities. A hallmark characteristic of Asperger's is difficulty in understanding the social world. For this reason, many people with it identify more with animals than with other people. I recently had a boy in my class who would literally go into his family's fields and run around with the animals. "They don't care that [he is] broken." I would imagine that in his mind, he was "already free" and running "in [his] dreams."

    There are other lyrics that probably weren't written with Autism in mind but that resonate with me anyway. The word Autism literally means "self-ness," and refers to a condition where the person with it seems to live in his/her own world. "I live in my head" strikes at the core of this feeling. The next line, "I don't look like my photos" is also apt because many people with Autism struggle to identify and remember faces, and even their own can seem unfamiliar. And finally, because people with Asperger's in particular are cognitively high-functioning, many of us realize our social deficits. We want to be close to people, but we don't know how to negotiate relationships, and when people are close to us we are often overwhelmed. Just as often, we inadvertently push them away. "I hate the sound of the world outside
    'cause everybody coming here can't wait to say goodbye." These lyrics are poignant and powerful to me.

    Perhaps these lyrics speak to anyone who feels self-doubt or fear and longs to be free. Either way, it's a gorgeous song that nearly brings me to tears each time I hear it.
    ourtime99on August 10, 2011   Link

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