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I got me some horses
To ride on, to ride on
They say that your demons
Can't go there

So I got me some horses
To ride on, to ride on
As longs as your army
Keeps perfectly still

And maybe I'll find me
A sailor, A tailor
And maybe together
We'll make Mother well

So I got me some horses
To ride on, to ride on
As long as your army
Keeps perfectly still

You showed me the meadow
And Milk wood, and Silk wood
And you would if I would
But you never would

So I chased down your posies
Your pansies in my hosies
Then opened my hands
And they were empty then

Off with Superfly, sniffing a Sharpie pen
Honey, it's Bill and Ben
Off with Superfly, counting your bees
Oh me honey like one two three
The camera is rolling, it's easy
Like one, two, three...

And if there is a way
To find you, I will find you
But will you find me if
Neil makes me a tree

An afro, a pharaoh
I can't go, you said so
And threads that are golden
Don't break easily

So I got me some horses
To ride on, to ride on
They say that your demons
Can't go there

So I got me some horses
To ride on, to ride on
As longs as your army
Keeps perfectly still
Keeps perfectly still
Keeps perfectly still


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    General CommentI think the horses are things that you can rely on when you feel unconfident. They protect you and no one can get you when you are riding them. Apparently she is speaking to someone who helped/loved her (you showed me the meadow...), but he wouldn't stay/the relationship couldn't work (you would if I would but you never would). So now she's alone. With her horses. But she's not satisfied with just the horses (which, by the way, can be different for differnt people: art, sports, friends), she's still looking for fulfillment (if there is a way to find you I will find you). She wonders if her love will ever find her (will you find me...), but finds relief in her horses... as long as there are no attacks.
    BASICALLY: this song is the give and take between the confidence given by the "horses" and the fear of the old love/love to come.
    Anastasiaon April 05, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"The record begins with the horses from Winter coming back to take me on this journey and we ride and go find the demons..."

    "It's as if the horses have come to take us back, to descend, to find the dark side. By dark I mean what's hidden, not necessarily satanic."
    [Tori Amos, Billboard, 1/13/96]
    merchantpierceon May 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think the horses represent her escape from all the things that are bothering her, or went wrong (the say that your demons can't go there) wherever the horses are taking her, she'll be safe. anyway, i love this song. this is probably my favorite of hers.
    kill.me.fasteron August 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe entire of Boys For Pele is kind of a break-up album, it's all centred around the end of a relationship anyway. She takes us on a journey through her pain, and Horses is the beginning.

    She's looking back at their relationship:
    "you showed me the meadow
    and Milkwood
    and Silkwood
    and you would if I would
    but you never would"

    And the horses represent her escape from the pain of the end of the relationship..they're a positive thing, coming in to rescue her...
    missmeon April 04, 2006   Link
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    Song Meaning"But will you find me if
    Neil makes me a tree"

    is a reference to Neil Gaiman's Sandman comic books. In Sandman#4 the protagonis, Dream of the Endless is escorted by Etrigan to the city of Dis. Suicides are depicted as trees, rooted and stuck in their suffering.
    yukbonon November 21, 2016   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite Tori Anus song because I don't understand the lyrics. It reminds me of how in all my own relationships there were a whole bunch of inside jokes and stories that no one else would ever understand, but I treasure dearly, long after it ends. If something happened to me involving an afro and a pharoah, I would probably never forget that.
    powerballadon October 06, 2007   Link

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