White Horses

Album: True Meanings (2018)

Songfacts®:

  • Paul Weller closes his True Meanings album with this folk song, which features lyrics by Erland Cooper of British progressive rock band Erland & the Carnival. Weller told Uncut magazine: "Although Erland Cooper wrote the words, it struck a chord about the cycle of life; what you've inherited from your parents and pass on to your kids. That could have been me writing about myself. But it wasn't. It was someone else doing it, which I thought was really interesting."
  • The song is one of eight tracks on True Meanings that features a string arrangement by Northern Irish composer Hannah Peel. Weller told Uncut about their collaboration:

    "I met Hannah Peel, who did most of the arrangements. I sent her aspects and she did the arrangement and I've loved it so much I asked her to do the rest. She came to the studio, we went through the songs and I outlined where I thought the strings could go and what sort of mood I was after and then left her to do the right thing. It's not about overdoing it. It's just adding a bit of sugar."

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