Sleeping Horses

Words & Music by James Kennedy

'Sleeping Horses' is an Acoustic Pop Rock song & is the 7th song on the 2013 James Kennedy album 'The National Health Service'. The words, music & production are by James Kennedy.

'Sleeping Horses' is an emotional, acoustically orientated ballad with sparse instrumentation consisting of acoustic guitar, Piano, strings and vocals. The songs lyrics have been interpreted in many different ways but Kennedy describes the song as being about a person who is a relentless self sacrificer. The song tells the story of a girl who puts her 'dreams on hold' to carry 'Sleeping Horses' rather than just waking them up. The story ends with the girl eventually drowning whilst carrying Horses through a river. The moralistic tale was inspired by several people in Kennedy's life who he'd witnessed leading needlessly self-sacrificing lives to their own severe detriment.

LYRICS

She will be her own worst enemy

While a saint to you and me

She lives to give

Never acting to receive

And her words you can always believe

She gets deeper while she carries Sleeping Horses

She would never burden the causing hand with their causes

With her dreams on hold and feelings swallowed with a smile

She would never dream of waking up the sleeping horses

She could be anything she wants to be

But she’s weak to a help appeal

She gets deeper while she carries Sleeping Horses

She would never burden the causing hand with their causes

With her dreams on hold and feelings swallowed with a smile

She would never dream of waking up the sleeping horses

There’s no glory in being the Martyr

Your glory is in being just the way you are

Her open heart, the bystanders all agreed

Was her Achilles Heel

She gets deeper while she carries Sleeping Horses

She would never burden the causing hand with their causes

With her dreams on hold and feelings swallowed with a smile

She would never dream of waking up the sleeping horses