« Goodbye Horses » is a 1988 song sung by . It was written and produced by William Garvey. Three versions of the song exist, which last 3:12, 4:20, and 6:28 (the extended version).
According to its writer, « the song is about transcendence over those who see the world as only earthly and finite. The horses represent the five senses discussed in the and the ability to lift one’s perception above these physical limitations and to see beyond this limited Earthly perspective. » The song was featured in the film .
In 1996, ‘s of « Goodbye Horses » was released as the to their single « You Ran Away ». This recording became popular enough that the band decided to make an extended version and include it on their album Strange Romance at the end of the same year. When the trailer for appeared promoting the movie, Psyche entered the Top Ten downloads on Electronic chart. The song is featured on two best of compilations, Misguided Angels (2000) and Legacy (2004), as well as a recent limited tour CD collection entitled Club Salvation, and remains a staple in the band’s live repertoire to this day.
Over the last decade, the song has been covered by other performers including . In 2009, began performing a cover of the song in their live performances. covered the song during Lowlands ’09. In October 2009, Brad Sucks released a cover of « Goodbye Horses » on his website. At their NYE 2010/2011 show, debuted a cover featuring Corinne on lead vocals. However, aside from the original, only Psyche’s interpretation has maintained its popularity.
Electronic band and garage-revival band have also covered the song, and it is currently being performed at live shows by Liverpudlian band Lovecraft, recently signed to the label.
In 2009, a compilation on entitled « Until The Shadows » contains Psyche’s re-recording entitled « Goodbye Horses (21st Century Version) » which corrects the previously misinterpreted verse « lying over you » to « flying over you ».
In 2010, indie band Venus Infers released two different mixes of their version of the song on their album You’ll Understand When You’re Older. Also, Island Def Jam artists The Airborne Toxic Event released a live CD/DVD, entitled « All I’ve Ever Wanted », containing a performance of this song
In 2011, , and of band , released a cover of « Goodbye Horses » on his EP . This cover of the song is 4 minutes and 12 seconds long. It was produced by Daniel Lindegren, with additional production by . A fan made video for the song was uploaded to on March 25, 2011, many months before the release of the EP. Kele posted the video on his blog.
On March 5, 2012 Psyche released an updated extended mix of their 2009 re-recording of « Goodbye Horses » (previously released on the compilation Until the Shadows), now retitled « 21st Century Immortality Mix ». This version is featured on the A-side of « All Things Pass Into the Night » on the music label, and distributed by .
There is also an official video for the « Immortality Mix » on YouTube.
In 2013, frontman Hayden Thorpe and recorded a sparse piano-driven cover of the track which accompanied the re-release of Lazzarus’s original.
In 2018 indie duo recorded a cover version of the song to celebrate the reemergence of Q Lazzarus earlier in the year.