All the Tired Horses

All the Tired Horses

"All the Tired Horses" is a song written by Bob Dylan, released on his 1970 double album "Self Portrait". The song was featured in the 2001 film "Blow".

The first track on the album, "All the Tired Horses" does not even feature Dylan's vocals. 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.

Possible Meanings

It is possible that Dylan is complaining of drug stress of one kind or another, as the loosely-sung "riding" is a natural homophone to "writing" (or: "ridin'" and "writin'") and Dylan's own narcotics (and especially cocaine) use at the time is widely noted. This has been taken as metaphor for simple tiredness, a psychological fatigue stemming from the wild ride of stardom and its attending distractons over his recent past years, or even a fatigue of the spirit itself, as interfering with his songwriting.


*The Sports: "The Sports Play Dylan & Donovan" (1981)
*The Narrator: "All That to the Wall" (2007)


* [ 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.

External links

* [ Lyrics]

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