This is the original cover sleeve of the 'Goodbye Horses' single, so people can see that it is a woman singing. The picture is of Q Lazzarus. I too, initially thought it was a man singing, but knowing that it is not, does not detract from the fact that the song is amazing and powerful. The song lyrics and composition by William Garvey (who died in 2009) and sung by Q Lazzarus.
---You can check this, by going to William Garvey's website. http://www.garveymusic.com/
It's a woman singing about a man (sung in past tense), and what
he's telling her is all very negative, to which she disagrees. It's
pretty simplistic in it's verses. The 'Goodbye Horses' lyric is clearly a
metaphor. There are no horses in the song. Basically, it's the mind
we're talking about here. 'Goodbye Horses' is saying goodbye to the
mind. So it could just be Death on the whole. I believe Garvey intended
the song to be quite uplifting, however, he didn't have control over Q
Lazzarus' voice. But as with any song, it's all down to interpretation
(well, unless the singer says otherwise and screws that up) A lot of
people say 'Goodbye Horses' is about drugs, namely, cocaine. But there
isn't really any indication to that. On the flipside to the 'Goodbye
Horses' vinyl, is a song called 'White Lines', which could easily be
misconstrued as being about cocaine, but the lyric within the song goes
'White lines over the ocean'. But even if the song is a reference to
cocaine, it does not mean that 'Goodbye Horses' is. 'Goodbye Horses'
was not written for the movie 'The Silence Of The Lambs (1991 Jonathan
Demme)'. The song was written and released in 1988, a month after the
book (by Thomas Harris) was released. The song appeared in 'Married To
The Mob' (another Demme movie) which was released in theatres across
America a month after the books release, thus making it impossible.
Q Lazzarus only made a few songs and they are very hard to come by:-
'The Candle Goes Away', which featured in the 1986 movie 'Something
Wild' staring Melanie Griffith, i believe (another Demme movie) .
'White Lines' which appeared on the flipside to the 'Goodbye Horses'
vinyl. 'Heaven' (a cover of 'The Talking Heads') which appeared in
the film 'Philadelphia' (yet another Demme movie), which you can see a
clip of (on YouTube) under the title.. 'Soul Song In The End Of The
Party', you even see Q herself, seemingly wearing the same jacket as on
the Goodbye Horses cover sleeve, and wearing a hat. Unfortunately the
song seems to be an in-movie song, and thus not a proper recording.
Also, Q Lazzarus wrote and composed music, alongside Danny Z, for a
movie named 'Twisted' by director Seth Michael Donsky released in 1996.
I read a review of the film by someone, who said 'that the movie should
of just been a 2 hour MTV music video, which could mean (not certain)
that Q lazzarus sings some other songs...here's hoping.