Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Song of Day: Goodbye Horses by Q Lazzarus
This song is both sad and uplifting and I'm sure you feel like you've heard it before......
from Pyche-hq.de (they did a remake of the song in the 90's):
For the curious and collectors of this mysterious song here's what we are able to tell you about it and how it came to be re-recorded by Psyche. The original version was released in 1988 by the artist Q Lazzarus who is a black female vocalist from the USA.
Before she was discovered as a singer she worked as a taxi driver in New York.
The lyrics and music were written by William Garvey. UK guitarist Mark Barrett (In 1996 he performed with the electro project "Inertia") joined the band later with Q as the single was re-leased in a long version to capitalize on the success of the movie "Silence Of The Lambs". "Goodbye Horses" first officially appeared on the soundtrack to Jonathan Demme's film "Married To The Mob" in 1988.
"Goodbye Horses" was released as a single in 1991 together with the b-side song "White Lines" when it became more noticeably featured in Jonathan Demme's film "Silence Of The Lambs" as the background music to Buffalo Bill's self-admiring dance in front of his mirror. He even sings along to it ever so slightly. Here we have our stars searching the meaning of this all, while our psycho sews a new skin suit!
The meaning: In an Eastern philosophy "horses" are symbolic/representative of the 5 senses - the things that keep us tied to the physical/material plane of existence. When you can transcend the limitations of these senses and achieve a higher level of consciousness, you are leaving the "horses" behind - "flying over them." The song is about someone who was so affected by (A loss? A breakup?) they decide to give up the things that keep them tied to this world by emotion.
The above video/music clip of the song was made by Jessica Janos. Found it on YouTube!