"The Soapmakers" as written by and Fallon/sult/maines/gaster....
Behind the Cliffside Inn,
I heard a fiddle and a mandolin,
Keeping rhythm on an old washboard
And stomping on the floor.
Saw people of all sorts
Dancing 'round in twos and fours,
Caroling about days of old,
And what the future holds.
In the middle was a big cauldron
That they were stirring, stirring,
And there were trees around
That they kept burning, burning.
I asked a toothless man
Who all these people were,
And he said, "The soapmakers,
And we are working, working."

As they stirred Heaven and Earth, they combined to one,
And everything was everyone and each one was all.
As they stirred I heard a trumpet call,
And everything was everyone and each one was all.
As they stirred Heaven and Earth, they combined to one,
And everything was everyone and each one was all.
As they stirred I heard a trumpet call,
And everything was everyone and each one was all.


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    General CommentI hear more echoes of "The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz" than Fight Club. How much mystical imagery was there in Fight Club?
    Venha Futuroon July 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit is washed-up, but maybe Soap is a referance to meth, and the cauldron is a methlab. just an idea. maybe the trees they were burning was a hobo fire. who knows?
    Cold_Steel_Hearton July 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI haven't looked at the liner notes in a long time but I think the Soapmakers are a cult performing a ritual to make soap.
    sodaforlifeon August 05, 2009   Link
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    General Commentalways reminds me of my family reunions. grandmother always stirring a massive pot of soup, relatives playing the fiddle, spoons, and banjo, everyone is dancing, and it is always boiling hot outside.
    syldudeon April 12, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThink it speaks of a denial that heaven and hell exist separately. "Everyone was everything and each one was all... " "As they stirred Heaven and Earth, they combined to one" Working to a single future for each and everyone - No one left behind- no hell taking the bad and god taking th evil. Here we are, here we'll stay, the trumpet proves that there is nothing more than what they have, and they are preparing be making soap. The happiness of the tribe leads me to believe that the have accepted purgatory and are not afraid or lustful or in want. (everything is everyone and each one is all)
    Helviraon October 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe Cliffside Inn is near Harper's Ferry, WV. The guys from Clutch lived in a really old house in the Eastern Panhandle of WV(near Harper's Ferry) while recording the Elephant Riders album.
    I remember reading Neil's interactive journal that was included with the original Elephant Riders CD. In it Neil states that he imagined this scene one day while driving past the Cliffside Inn.

    As far as the imagery is concerned, it's definitely vague. The Fight Club novel was released two years before Elephant Riders (the movie came out in 1999)was released so there's a possibility that Neil is referencing it. However, I think the "Chemical Wedding" theme is more likely, because Neil has sung about it since then as well (see "The Amazing Kreskin" on the "strange Cousins" album.
    UnFaithfulAtheiston February 07, 2011   Link
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    Song Meaningto me it sound like it could be about an occultist ritual. the main lines that make me think this are:

    As they stirred Heaven and Earth, they combined to one,

    And everything was everyone and each one was all.

    As they stirred I heard a trumpet call,
    Thebeatkingon June 28, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationNeil is infamous for taking a mundane personal experience and turning it into something spectacular. In this, I see him happening across a group of people behind this Cliffside Inn making soup and making a time of it. The second part when the theme changes indicates he's being swept up by the music.

    In symbolism, he's describing the soapmaking as a backwoods ritual. It portends something mysterious, but which may be entirely grounded in reality.
    LucesDarknesson December 15, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI looked up cliffside inn hotel, in harpers ferry, west virginia. there is the harpers ferry national park behind the hotel. there is also a church of latter day saints nearby and that is right next to the US Customs and Border Protection Advanced Training Facility. I wonder how many people are training there, staying at the hotel and going to that church? doesn't seem to be many stores around so camping lifestyle may be common for visitors. they may be washing clothes outside near, definitely burning wood from the park or they may be cooking and stirring up ideas on how to clean the country and the world of all the "bad things." This does seem like a realistic event but I'm sure it is not completely accurate. How advanced is a training facility when a majority of the people hold radical beliefs>? Maybe a majority of them don't but the visitors talk about some of the things they've learned at the facility and church.
    brianh2413on December 18, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe reverse reference is clearly about the euphoria experience of kratom use. Soapmakers is an alias use/reason to buy kratom.
    Long time clutch fan of 21 years. 35 now.
    opethfanon March 06, 2015   Link

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