"Horses" as written by and Tori Ellen Amos....
How can I be drunk?
You strike with dry poison
I am possessed
Still engaged in some kind of advanced shackling

Girl you got to find you the man who
Can smoke this out, Bad Medicine
Girl you got to find you the man who
Can smoke this out, Good Medicine would say

You got you a fast horse darlin'
But all you do is complain it ain't a Maserati.
You had a soul that you left back in Memphis
But your mama ain't New York she is pure
Tennessee

On a desert highway
I am struck by my own rage
Time-bomb in his palm a finger-apple
Augments this advanced shackling

Girl you got to find you the man who
Can smoke this out, bad medicine
Girl you got to find you the man who
Can smoke this out, good medicine would say

You got you a fast horse darlin'
But all you do is complain it ain't a Maserati.
You had a soul that you left back in Memphis
But your mama ain't New York she is pure
Can't you see your mama ain't New York
She is pure Tennessee
Tennessee


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"Fast Horse" as written by Tori Ellen Amos

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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
  • 0
    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
  • 0
    Song MeaningThe horses save her from the evil pain she needs to escape from.
    The narcissists demon cannot follow her anymore - she rides away
    bettina7777on September 22, 2017   Link
  • -1
    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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