"Broken Horse" as written by and Judah Dadone....
October's got those orange eyes
But somehow I still lost sight
When you lifted the lid off of my pumpkin head
And kissed me goodnight
Should it be a thorn in my side
We never quite broke that horse
She slept in the cul-de-sac rye
Seven miles from my front porch

Bundle up and come with me now
Down the road to the burnt down barn
We could make a blanket of coats
And breathe our souls into the neighbours front lawn
But oh god that look in your eye
Trouble that does not search words
It sprung from the biblical vine
And are waiting to return to the dirt

The stitches in your winter clothes
Your cello bows
We stole your hair to make them
We're sorry for the iron shoes
We nailed to you
And stuck you in the rain alone
You sprinted away, sprinted away
To where I don't know
God's moving in your bloodstream
Where the cross beats aren't so slow

You swept all the red from my cheeks
I didn't hear you come back inside
And light up the gas in the den
And stand there in the thin winter light
But oh god that curve in your spine
A question mark
A doctor sign was framed by the windowsill
And you saw something I did not in the night
You saw something I did not in the night

The stitches in your winter clothes
Your cello bows
We stole your hair to make them
We're sorry for the iron shoes
We nailed to you
And stuck you in the rain alone
You sprinted away, sprinted away
To where I don't know
(God's moving in your bloodstream
Where the cross beats aren't so slow) x3
(It's moving in your bloodstream
Where the cross beats aren't so slow) x3


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  • +4
    General Commentthe individual images make some sense but i can't put it all together and form one meaning

    from what i understand of the concept behind the album, most of the interactions take place in dreams. it's a love story between a boy and a ghost, that he has either created or possibly actually exists. at any rate, if he is interacting with his love in his dreams it makes sense that the lyrics wouldn't always make linear sense...

    so maybe try listing to the album when you're in a liminal state between sleep and consciousness and you can only process one image at a time and then it makes perfect sense. or at least it seemed to for me. this song was profoundly, albeit illogically, tragic. what with all the trouble in the eyes and returning to dirt and sprinting away etc.
    pxpx89on March 04, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentOK, this seemed pretty obvious to me, but only one other person seems to have gotten close. I think that it is a man apologizing to a horse for trying to "break" it. To break a horse is to tame it. The horse was probably wild at one time, and kept in a barn "in the cul-de-sac rye seven miles from my[his] front porch" The barn burnt down and the horse ran off."Down the road to the burnt down barn" and "You sprinted away, sprinted away, to where I don't know. God's moving in your bloodstream where the cross beats aren't so slow" This is saying that the horse ran off and that it wanted to get away so badly that it seemed to have the power of God. The horse escaped to a place where life isn't so dull, where it can be fre, or where the cross-beats aren't so slow. He apologizes for keeping it in poor conditions "The stitches in your winter clothes" and "stuck you in the rain alone" and for taking its hair "Your cello bows, we stole your hair to make them" and for putting horseshoes on it, even though it was wild. "We're sorry for the iron shoes we nailed to you" He wants the horse to be free, as a wild stallion is a symbol of freedom. The only part that doesn't fit with this theory is the 4th stanza. That's my two cents.


    Blackhole8on October 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful song, I love it.

    I don't know but to me, this is about two people who made love and almost immediately felt bad about it. A guilty feeling, maybe that is the "trouble that does not search words" that "sprung from the biblical vine." Later the girl thinks she's pregnant, but she's not sure and goes to see a doctor. She finds out she is when she see's something that "did not end that night." Those are just a few idea's anyway. I haven't listened to any of the other songs on the album though, I could be way off.
    jprogerson March 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti absolutely love this song..
    and personally i think this song is about a couple who's child has run away. and it seems to be reminissing about how it all started and what led to the dissagreement. it sounds like the care a worry a parent has for a child. waiting up all night. "gods moving in ur bloodstream where the crossbeats arent so slow" its ur blood line running away because the blind faith in convictions that kids usually have. "sorry for the iron shoes we nailed to you" alot of times parents feel a burden that they didnt set their kids up for success. sometimes young parents feel they arent good enough to have a child. and kids are born into "rain". i dunno. . . lol im not a parent or anything but thats just what i think =]
    habitv7on April 05, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationwell it's based off the story of the headless horseman, obviously their version. "october's got those orange eyes." and especially "lifted the lid of my pumpkin head" reveal the headless horseman tale. i personally believe it appears as though it is the story of the man who first saw the headless horseman, but from the headless horseman's viewpoint. the horseman is often referring to his own horse as well. that's just my take.
    lkp1992on November 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationi also think when it says "God's moving through your bloodstream", it is speaking of conviction.
    lkp1992on November 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's:
    "God's moving in your bloodstream where the cross-beats haunt so slow."
    acidicbassiston January 29, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlyrical eloquence at its finest. such a beautiful song.
    delitebriteon March 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentStunning.
    shesavedmeon March 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is obviously about a horse named October.
    'We never quite broke that horse
    She slept in the cul-de-sac rye
    Seven miles from my front porch'
    the horse slept in a barn 7 miles from their home.
    'Your cello bows
    We stole your hair to make them'
    cello bows are made out of horse hair
    'We're sorry for the iron shoes
    We nailed to you'
    horse shoes are iron
    'And stuck you in the rain alone
    You sprinted away, sprinted away'
    the horse ran away...

    such a beautiful song, fell in love the first time I played it.
    lishafishaon January 20, 2012   Link

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