13 Horses – Lyrics – Alexander Rybak

“13 Horses” – Alexander Rybak

From “Fairytales” album, released 2009

Music and lyrics by Alexander Rybak

13 horses, swimming in the sea.
waiting for someone to find them.
Their ship is gone, and now they’re all alone
with water everywhere around them
The men were saved, from the sinking ship,
right before it started to burn.
And while they’re safe, their loyal friends need help
Patiently waiting for their turn.

13 horses, swimming in the sea,
they don’t even know it’s pointless.
The pride remains, but this time it won’t help
They used to be so tall, and suddenly they’re small
There’s a couple, way too far behind,
soon they will be out of sight.
But then, who cares?
They’re dying anyway
all of them are doomed this night.

11 horses, swimming in the sea
the sea they thought was just a river.
They’re used to this. It’s probably just a race
That helps to ease their minds,
but where’s the finish line?

The night grows dark, the body wants to rest,
it hurts to breathe, and still they do their best.
They want to live, no matter for how long
Their thoughts have disappeared,
’cause now they’re pretty scared.

7 horses, struggling in the sea,
waiting for someone to find them.
They don’t look back, ’cause what’s the point of that,
there is only death behind them.
They cry for help, but help will never come
they don’t know where to swim, or what they’re swimming from.
They try to swim some more, when panic starts to spread,
their swimming into [shore?] But only in their heads.

3 last horses, dying in the sea,
shouting out their cries for no one.
They’re born to win, they’re screaming in their hearts,
the strength of 1000 men, they’re fighting ’till the end.

The sun is up, birds are everywhere,
they’re flying high, surfing in the air.
It’s nice to live, when life is such a blast.
One horse still swims, it seems to be the last
The 13th horse, has always been the best.
His owner will be proud, but now he wants to rest.
He’s longing for his home, the girl will give him food,
“good boy” she’ll say, together they will play.

13 horses, swimming in the sea,
soon they will be gone forever,
and while they swim, one thing still remains,
and that’s the hope that never dies.
It never dies.
It never dies.

5 thoughts on “13 Horses – Lyrics – Alexander Rybak”

  1. Hey,
    I was just wondering if this is a true story or where the inspiration for the song came from?
    It is so sad so I don’t hope that it is a true story.

    1. @Dear Isaura, first of all, welcome at the fansite!)) Nice to meet you here!
      As for 13 horses background story, he was heard it from his mom in his childhood. She has been reading it to him before he falls asleep (after some crying of course). I don’t remember author, but someone here surely does:) I only know it is written by Russian author

      1. I just heard this song for the first time and it made me cry. It was posted as a comment on the story of the 200+ horses that got trapped in the Netherlands during a flood in 2006 (twenty-five horses died of exhaustion or drowned). I’d love to know the inspiration behind it.

        1. It’s inspired by a story his mother read to him when he was little.

  2. Yeah,it’s ”shore” there 🙂 Oh,and I really love this song,it touched my heart :X

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