There'll be three white horses, all in a line
There'll be three white horses in a line

Three white horses, when you go that way
You will need somebody when you come to die

Don't dismiss it like it's easy
Tell me what's so easy
'Bout coming to say goodbye

You're gonna miss her in the evening
You know I won't be needing
Somebody when you come to die

There'll be three white horses in a line
There'll be three white horses in a line
There'll be three white horses when you go that way
You will need somebody when you come to die

It's not desperation that we're breeding
It's just a need we're feeding
Before we say goodbye

You're gonna miss me in the evenings
You know I won't be needing
Somebody when you come to die
Yeah, I won't be needing
Somebody when you come to die


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    General CommentI'm not entirely sure about the song's meaning, particularly because I'm not sure the significance of "three" white horses, and there must be a reason considering it's the title. However, I'll do my best.

    The one thing I'm sure of is that the song is about death, ending a relationship, and the human drive for companionship. The singer and his (former?) partner are both present in the song, and they are discussing breaking up. The one being broken up with is confused and upset. I don't believe they're breaking up because of lack of love; it seems like the one is leaving the other because of a personal issue, or feeling like he doesn't deserve companionship, or perhaps he is emotionally wounded and runs away from relationships, thinking they don't last or he doesn't need them.

    I'm more inclined toward the last possibility because the lyrics say, "It's not desperation that we're breeding, it's just a need we're feeding." This is the line about the human drive for companionship. Humans desire partners because they don't want to feel alone, and they most definitely don't want to die alone. The singer's partner wants the other person to understand it isn't weakness to want love, it's a natural part of life. It seems the singer himself knows this as well, deep down, as he is the one saying, "You're gonna miss her in the evening."

    Like I said before, I'm not sure of the significance of "three" white horses, but white horses have loads of mythological and symbolic importance. For this song, I think the most fitting interpretation would be that white horses often appear at the end of days, their riders passing judgements and offering redemption to the souls they come across. I think the singer's partner is calling for him to reevaluate his life, think about whether he might regret pushing everyone that loves him away when he reaches the end. I think what the singer's love wants most is to offer the person she loves redemption, and, beneath his insecurities, I think the singer himself desires this as well.
    TrickyTeaon June 29, 2013   Link
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    General CommentMight reference this song en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    Bird likes to play with references and numbers.
    hobbes1757on December 16, 2013   Link

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