"Bring On The Dancing Horses" as written by Ian Stephen Mcculloch, William Alfred Sergeant, Leslie Thomas Pattinson and Peter Louis Vincent De Freitas....
Jimmy brown
Made of stone
Charlie clown
No way home
Bringing on the dancing horses
Headless and all alone

Shiver and say the words
Of every lie you've heard

[Chorus]
First I'm gonna make it
Then I'm gonna break it
Till it falls apart
Hating all the faking
And shaking while I'm breaking
Your brittle heart

Billy stands
All alone
Sinking sand
Skin and bone
Bring on the dancing horses
Wherever they may roam

Shiver and say the words
Of every lie you've heard

[Chorus]

Brittle heart
Brittle heart
And my little heart
Goes

Jimmy brown
Made of stone
Charlie clown
No way home

[Chorus]

Bring on the new messiah
Wherever he may roam

Brittle heart
Brittle heart
And our little hearts
Go


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"Bring on the Dancing Horses" as written by Leslie Thomas Pattinson Ian Stephen Mcculloch

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  • +2
    General CommentI feel like this song is about him wanting to end a relationship with this girl but shes in denial about their incompatability and he is too afriad to hurt her because shes emotionally weak ("First Im gonna make it, then im gonna break it till it falls apart. Hating all the fakin and shaking while im breakin your brittle heart"). So he continues to lie and say he loves her ("Shiver and say the words of every lie you've heard") even though he wants to be free from her and her baggage. To me the "dancing horses" symbolize his wanting to be free from her but "headless and alone" reminds him that he cant just pick up and leave.
    cmfitz93on August 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel like this song is about him wanting to end a relationship with this girl but shes in denial about their incompatability and he is too afriad to hurt her because shes emotionally weak ("First Im gonna make it, then im gonna break it till it falls apart. Hating all the fakin and shaking while im breakin your brittle heart"). So he continues to lie and say he loves her ("Shiver and say the words of every lie you've heard") even though he wants to be free from her and her baggage. To me the "dancing horses" symbolize his wanting to be free from her but "headless and alone" reminds him that he cant just pick up and leave.
    cmfitz93on August 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is about the same general subject as Pink Floyd's The Wall and Tears for Fears' Mad World. It's the way children are mistreated in their school years, and it's also taking a stab at the empty promises of religion (every lie you've heard).
    charles108on March 02, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo idea what this song is about, but its off the Pretty in Pink soundtrack which is great.
    Nikoson June 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a beautiful song.
    Such a juxtaposition of images such as "Frist I'm gonna make it, then I'm gonna break it til it falls apart..." with the somewhat romantic musical strains, make this song a mover and a shaker.
    Major Valoron April 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta really good song
    drug abuse?
    whiskeyclonehotelon September 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think it is about drug abuse, just about disillusionment in love. I love how Ian's voice sounds so painful while he pronounces the words "hating all the faking, shaking while I'm breaking your brittle heart"
    Cracked Pleasureson June 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBut why..."Bring down the dancing horses"?
    bear_hug20on July 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have to admit I have no clue what this song is about either, very abstract lyrics. Although it does appear to be about some sort of broken heart thats about all I can make out.

    Such a beautiful song, it creates this "swimming" effect it almost makes you dizzy. Echo and the Bunnymen were great at making dark atmospheric pop songs, and like all their songs this one has a really dark undertone to it.
    Muzzyon October 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't really explain why, but I feel like this song is about a guy who's cheating on his girlfriend/wife, and I think he feels bad about it. I have no idea what the title means though.
    asdfasdf123123on December 20, 2007   Link

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