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"Dead Horse" is the sixth track off of Hayley William's first solo album "Petals for Armor" and the first track off the "Petals for Armor II" Extended Play.

                                                                                                                                                                                    

Background[]

"Dead Horse" is a song about Hayley Williams' divorce to Chad Gilbert and the shame she has been carrying for over 10 years.

"In ‘Dead Horse’ I admit to having an affair — that’s how I got into my longest relationship. I felt shame for all of my twenties about it, but being able to admit it made it less scary. It didn’t own me anymore. It gives people a chance to actually know me and decide if they like me or not." - Hayley Williams

Lyrics in the song reference the After Laughter song Pool "Underwater Held my breath for a decade." which was also a song about Hayley's marriage.

Music Video and Audio[]

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Hayley Williams - Dead Horse -Official Music Video-

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Hayley Williams - Dead Horse -Official Lyric Video-

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Hayley Williams – Dead Horse -Official Audio-

Lyrics[]

Alright, it took me three days to send you this, but
Sorry, I was in a depression
But I'm trying to come out of it now

Every morning I wake up
From a dream of you, holding me
Underwater (Is that a dream or a memory?)
Held my breath for a decade
Dyed my hair blue to match my lips
Cool of me to try (Pretty cool I'm still alive)

I beat it like a dead horse, I beat it like a drum
Oh, I stayed with you too long
Skipping like a record, I sang along
To a silly little song
I said I beat it like a dead horse, I beat it like a drum
Oh, I stayed with you too long
Skipping like a record, I sang along
A shitty never-ending song

[Verse 2]
Sometimes its good to be the bigger person
But I'm so small I can't compare
And after all, it's only fair, yeah
I got what I deserved, I was the other woman first
Other others on the line
But I kept trying to make it work

I beat it like a dead horse, I beat it like a drum
Oh, I stayed with you too long
Skipping like a record, I sang along
To a silly little song
I said I beat it like a dead horse, I beat it like a drum
Oh, I stayed with you too long
Skipping like a record, I sang along
To your shitty little song

Ya-ya-ya-ya, ya-ya-ya-ya
Ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya
Ya-ya-ya, ya-ya-ya-ya
Ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya

[Bridge]
When I said goodbye, I hope you cried
When I said goodbye, I hope you cried
When I said goodbye, I hope you cried
When I said goodbye, I hope you cried

I beat it like a dead horse, I beat it like a drum
Oh, I stayed with you too long
Skipping like a record, I sang along
To a silly little song
I said I beat it like a dead horse, I beat it like a drum
Oh, I stayed with you too long
Skipping like a record, I sang along
And now you get another song

Ya-ya-ya-ya, ya-ya-ya-ya
Ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya
Ya-ya-ya, ya-ya-ya-ya
Ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya (Now you get another song)
Ya-ya-ya-ya, ya-ya-ya-ya
Ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya
Ya-ya-ya, ya-ya-ya-ya
Ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya (Now you get another song)

Personnel[]

Hayley Williams - Lead Vocals

Aaron Steele - Drums

Joey Howard - Bass Guitar

Taylor York - Production, Additional Instrumentation

Alf Williams - Backing Vocals

Trivia[]

  • In "Dead Horse" lyrics there is a reference to Hayley Williams' blue hair she had during the Self-Titled tour.
  • The music video for "Dead Horse" was directed by Paramore Drummer Zac Farro.
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Petals for Armor

Hayley Williams

Songs SimmerLeave It AloneCinnamonCreepinSudden DesireDead HorseMy FriendOver YetRoses/Lotus/Violet/IrisWhy We EverPure LoveTakenSugar on the RimWatch Me While I BloomCrystal Clear
Bonus Tracks Simmer (Carolina Polachek Remix)Dead Horse (Glass Animals Remix)Dead Horse (Hot Chip Remix)
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Petals for Armor II

Hayley Williams

Songs Dead HorseMy FriendOver YetRoses/Lotus/Violet/IrisWhy We Ever
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Studio Albums
All We Know is FallingRiot!Brand New Eyes
ParamoreAfter Laughter
EP's
The Summer Tic EPThe Only Exception EPSingles Club
The Holiday SessionsAin't It Fun RemixesThe B-Sides
Live Albums
Live in the UK 2008The Final Riot!MTV Unplugged
2010 Summer Tour EPAlive In Europe
Solo
Hayley Williams: Petals for ArmorPetals for Armor IPetals for Armor IIPetals for Armor IIIPetals for Armor: Self-SerenadesFLOWERS for VASES / descansos
Zac Farro: HalfNoise EPVolcano CroweSudden FeelingThe Velvet Face EPFlowerss EPNatural DisguiseZafari EPMotif
Josh Farro: Walkways
Others
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