"Dead Horse" as written by W. Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Duff Rose Mckagan, Izzy Stradlin, Darren A. Reed and Matt Sorum....
Sick of this life
Not that you'd care
I'm not the only one with
Whom these feelings I share

Nobody understands,
Quite why we're here
We're searchin' for answers
That never appear

But maybe if I looked real hard I'd
I'd see your tryin' too
To understand this life,
That we're all goin' through
(Then when she said she was gonna like wreck my car...
I didn't know what to do)

Sometimes I feel like I'm beatin' a dead horse
An I don't know why you'd be bringin' me down
I'd like to think that our love's worth a tad more
It may sound funny but you'd think by now
I'd be smilin'
I guess some things never change
Never change

I met an old cowboy
I saw the look in his eyes
Somethin' tells me he's been here before
'Cause experience makes you wise
I was only a small child
When the thought first came to me
That I'm a son of a gun and the gun of a son
That brought back the devil in me

Sometimes I feel like I'm beatin' a dead horse
An I don't know why you'd be bringin' me down
I'd like to think that our love's worth a tad more
It may sound funny but you'd think by now
I'd be smilin'
I guess some things never change
Never change

I ain't quite what you'd call an old soul
Still wet behind the ears
I been around this track a couple o' times
But now the dust is startin' to clear
Oh yeah!!!

Sometimes I feel like I'm beatin' a dead horse
An I don't know why you'd be bringin' me down
I'd like to think that our love's worth a tad more
It may sound funny but you'd think by now
I'd be smilin'
Ooh yeah, I'd be smilin'
No way I'd be smilin'
Ooh smilin'


Lyrics submitted by mike

"Dead Horse" as written by Izzy Stradlin (usa 2) Slash

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Dead Horse song meanings
Add your thoughts

17 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +3
    General Commentapparently no one grasps the idea of nihilism. Axl isn't looking for acceptance in life, and its not about trying enough times till you succeed either. that's not nihilism, Axl is a true nihilist, he was saying he sees it in people in their eye, saw it in the eye of a stranger when he was a child, what is it he saw. He saw the utter pointlessness of life when compared to death. A true nihilist doesn't get depressed about shit not working out, they don't care. It's just that when things don't work out, that's when people look harder and see what he's been hiding even when he was "happy." This song is about how he finally realized himself a nihilist, and he speaks to the audience when he says "It may sound funny but you'd think by now; I'd be smilin'"
    he's saying that if by now he's not seeing a point in life he never will, and by stating that it "might sound funny" he puts emphasis into "not that you care" This statement and tone is expecting YOU the audience, and the rest of the world not to understand him or the "others" he's run into.
    coldcomfort87on September 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment@kasey: what stuff are you on? I would like to try it ... well, maybe.

    It's about how sometimes you feel like you are trying to make it ... in life ... in love but there's no result. You just don't feel it's worth even trying any more. But then if you try enough (times) you just might succed (... I been around this track a couple o' times, But now the dust is startin' to clear).
    This song has a great powerfull drive. I like it.
    locutuson February 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentagree with gunnergirl, think its fitting it runs fluidly into coma, a song which i think is a suicide attempt
    mikeythingson July 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like how it starts off like a quiet number but then gets nice and loud. Then it slips back to Mono quietness.
    AeroLed286on April 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree, its great at the beginning with some nice acoustic and vocals and then goes into riproaring electric an shouting. great contrast GREAT song!
    hattieon May 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is definetly one of my favoritest Guns N Roses song. It rocks.
    cougar10on December 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is clearly about Axl's ever struggling relationships and his struggles for acceptance in life. If you look at the time line in which the song was released it was when GNR took its first real turn for the worst and its also when Axl's second marriage failed. It is also when he was diagnosed with depression and all that stuff I mean he's suicidal at that point in his life. "Sick of this Life, Not that You'd care. I'm not the only one with whom these feelings I share"
    gunnergirl89on February 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAXL PLAYING GUITAR ??????!!!!!!!!!!
    FUNNY JOKE !!!!
    HA... HA... HA...
    ColdenScenceon February 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's obviously a recorded suicide note. Listen to the ending- the song finishes, then he stops the tape and rewinds it.
    Regos the Saneon June 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis WHOLE album runs so fluidly together..especially the last two songs. I like how Axl sings that he's "still wet behind the ears" yet the band now is one of the better bands in history.
    deafmusicloveron August 07, 2006   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain