"Only the Horses" is a song by American band Scissor Sisters. The track is the first single from their fourth studio album Magic Hour. It premiered on April 6, 2012 on BBC Radio 1, and was released to various iTunes Stores as a single on April 13 in Europe and was released on May 13, 2012 in the United Kingdom.
Directed by Lorenzo Fonda and produced by Ross Levine, the music video for "Only the Horses" was released on April 19, 2012, and features a quartet of horses running through the desert in slow motion. Attached to the horses are long hempen ropes, and over the course of the video it becomes clear that the other ends of the ropes are attached to metal plates set in a decorated triangular panel. As the ropes run out of slack, the equestrian imagery is intercut with slow-motion reversed footage of paint cascading over people (the band members). At the end of the video (quite evidently a homage to John Huston's The Misfits), the taut ropes pull the plates from the panel and fountains of paint shoot out.
Lewis Corner of Digital Spy blog gave the song a positive review stating:
"Only the horses can find us tonight/ Only the horses can bring us back home," Jake Shears belts over Calvin's usual mix of gleeful synths and fluorescent beats, though still retaining much of the band's camp and carefree vibrancy from when we first fell in love with them. The result is much like the song's interesting choice of a saviour; a number that canters along powerfully enough to last the distance. .