All the Tired Horses
|"All The Tired Horses"|
|Song by Bob Dylan from the album Self Portrait|
|Released||June 8, 1970|
|Genre||Rock, Folk rock|
|Self Portrait track listing|
The song is the first track on the album. It is most notable for its absence of Dylan's singing. It consists of a small choir of female voices repeating the same two lines
- All the tired horses in the sun
- How'm I s'posed to get any ridin' done? Hmm.
to the same melody for 3 minutes and 14 seconds, with varying instrumental accompaniment. In the key of C major, this song consists musically of the chord structure I-vi-iii-V, repeated throughout. This translates in the given key to C-Am-Em-G.
This has been taken as metaphor for simple tiredness, a psychological fatigue stemming from the wild ride of stardom and its attending distractions over his recent past years, or even a fatigue of the spirit itself, as interfering with his songwriting.
- Bob Dylan's official page
- Don Giller and Ed Lozano. The Definitive Bob Dylan Songbook. Amsco Publications, 2003.
- Oliver Trager. Keys to the Rain: The Definitive Bob Dylan Encyclopedia. Billboard Books, 2004.