What does Guns and Horses mean?

Ellie Goulding: Guns and Horses Meaning

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Guns and Horses Lyrics

You're so quiet
But it doesn't faze me
You're on time
You move so fast, makes me feel lazy

Let's join forces
We've got our guns and horses
I know you've been burned
But every fire is a lesson learned

I left my house
Left my...

  1. anonymous
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    Mar 11th 2015 !⃝

    I think she's trying to convince someone to love her and be with her, someone who is hesitant to feel the same way or to give in to that feeling due to being hurt in the past.

    "You're so quiet, but it doesn't faze me.
    You're on time, you move so fast, makes me feel lazy. Let's join forces."
    Basically, they're very different but she thinks they can make a relationship work (join forces) anyway.

    "We've got our guns and horses." This references war and fighting. I think it means she feels prepared to fight to make it work.

    "I know you've been burned, but every fire is a lesson learned." You've been hurt by past relationships, but you've learned from it and this time will be different.

    "I left my house, left my clothes... (etc) You're so worth it, you are." She gave up everything for him because he's worth it. She's trying to prove her love to him.

    "But I wish I could feel it all for you. I wish I could be it all for you." She wishes he felt as she does, and that she could be everything to him as he is for her.

    "If I could erase the pain, maybe you'd feel the same. I'd do it all for you, I would." Maybe if he'd never been hurt, he'd be willing to jump into this romance like she is. And then she reminds him that she'd do anything for him - I like to think that includes "erasing the pain." Like, 'I'd go back in time and make everything better if I could, I love you that much.'

    (The second verse isn't as clear to me but I'll give it a shot.)

    "Let's type words, 'cause they amount to nothing." This is describing how their interactions generally are - they're platonic, and "amount to nothing." "Typing words" seems to imply that the words being typed are unimportant, and this is how they talk to one another--not addressing the relationship, just making meaningless small talk and getting nowhere romantically. She calls their speech "typing" because written words are less emotional and less "real" than speaking. Also, I think "Let's" isn't her ordering him to do this; she's describing what they are doing already, and she uses the word "Let's" a bit sarcastically. Like, "Good idea! Let's just keep pretending we don't feel anything for each other, and talking about meaningless things."

    "Play it down, pretend you can't take what you found." With "Play it down," again, she isn't saying she WANT'S to play it down, but they are, or at least, he is. They're talking but not acknowledging their feelings, he's pretending they aren't there.

    "But you found me on a screen you sit at permanently." This could mean that he see's life as though it's a computer screen. Like comparing speech to type, seeing life as if on a screen makes it less real and emotional and takes the meaning away. But she's saying he found her in spite of this.

    The pre-chorus and chorus are the same as before.

    "It's time to come clean, and make sense of everything. It's time that we found out who we are." She's done waiting for him to acknowledge his feelings, and waiting to discuss it. She's saying now is the time to decide if they're gonna be together or not. The music gets dramatic here as if to emphasize the gravity of this moment.

    "'Cause when I'm standing here in the dark, I see your face in every star." Making her feelings clear, that she wants to be with him, and compares him to a star, the brightest part of her life.

    That's my interpretation. :)

  2. anonymous
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    Nov 6th 2012 !⃝

    i think it's about how she is telling the guy she likes that she likes him and they're so different but they would still make a great couple. she's afraid he won't like her because he's been hurt before. and she thinks that if he hadn't been hurt he would feel the same about her.

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