In the early dawn
A stallion white
Prances the hills
In the morning light
His bridle is painted
With thunder and gold
Orchids and dragons
Pale knights of old
He´s the horse of the ages past

And now the children run
To see the stallion on the hill
Bringing bags of apples
And of clover they have filled
And the white horse
Tells his stories
Of the days
Now passed and gone
And the children stand
Every song
How brightly glows the past

When the sun is high
Comes a mare so red
A-trampling the graves
Of the living and dead
Her mantle is heavy
With mirrors and glass
All is reflected
When the red mare does pass
She´s the horse of the here and now

And now there is confusion
´mongst the children on the hill
They cling to one another
And no longer can be still
While the red mare´s
Voice is trembling
With a rare and
Mighty call
The children
Start remembering
The bearers
And the the pall
And though their
Many-colored sweaters
Are reflecting
In the glass
And though the sun
Shines down upon them
They are frightened
In the grass
How stark is the here and now

When the night does fall
Comes a stallion black
So proud and tall
He never looks back
He wears him no emaralds
Silver or gold
Not even a covering
To keep him from cold
He´s the horse of the years to come

And I will get me down
Before this steed upon my knees
And sing to him the sorrows
Of a thousand centuries
And the children
Now will scatter
As their mothers
Call them home
For the sadness
Of the evening horse
No child
Has ever known
And I will
Hang about him
A bell that´s
Never rung
And thank him
For the many words
Which from his throat
Have never sprung
And I´ll thank God
And all the angels
That the stallion
Of the evening
The black horse
Of the future
Comes to earth but has no tongue

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Three Horses Lyrics as written by Joan Baez

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    General Commentive never heard the song before, but i'd like to hear the music she put to it. just as it is it would be a beautiful poem! i can be bothered analysing this yet, but i shall think about and do so in the future
    sand_duneson February 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThere was a russian wordplay that this song has "спряжение лошадей" in it -
    1) conjugation of horses (instead of "conjugation of verbs")
    2) harnessing the horses
    It is sad, but the melody makes the sadness beautiful.
    vphion September 12, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThis is one of my favourite songs of Joan Baez. I think the meaning is open to interpretation depending on where one is at and can have many meanings. A bit like a parable. For me there is so much depth to this which I luv of course. For me the horses represent the stages of life and and their meaning. The children are all of us and how we respond to those stages. The horses colours represent somehow the energy around these stages White being for the possible innocence of childhood, red representing the passion of adulthood and black for me seems like the shadow from a Jungian perspective of an unknown future. There's so much more to this song, but like I wrote it's beauty is in the eye of beholder so to speak. It's on Youtube for those who've never heard it. Joan Baez was primarily a political activist and fought for human rights all her life. She attained an award through Amnesty International as recognition for her lifelong commitment to peace and justice for all. Her ideologies stemmed from her Quaker background and her songs often have a true spiritual essence like this one.
    luminairon April 15, 2013   Link

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