The cave mouth shines.
By pure force of will
I look down on the world
From the top of this lonesome hill.
And you can run, and run some more
From here all the way to singapore,
But I will carry you home in my teeth,

In the great hall you drink red wine.
You chew meat off the bone.
I beat down the new path to the castle.
I come naked and alone.
I laid my son on the bier; I burned the wreath.
Fire overhead, water underneath.
You can stand up, or you can run.
You and I both know what you've done,
And I will carry you home.
I will carry you home.
I will carry you home in my teeth.


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Grendel's Mother song meanings
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    General Commentread the book Grendel by John Gardner. You'll understand. it is the best book in the world.
    ohautumngirlon October 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlways makes me think of beowulf, for the obvious reasons. It really shows the other side of the story, with a new protagonist.
    Howiemaanon December 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti found this song after reading beowulf in my british lit class and recording my own song retelling the story.
    i should send my song to him.
    death_list5on April 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love how he says the last line.
    shewouldnton May 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love the carry you home in my teeth stuff, as well as the whole feel to this song.

    its obviously about beowulf, but i dunno if i wanna get into the whole story. its just a song about avenging your family and focusing your hatred. it can be interpreted a lot of ways.
    Cyrus_and_Jeffon July 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentread the book Grendel by John Gardner. You'll understand. it is the best book in the world.
    ohautumngirlon October 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyea this song is definitely referring more to Grendel than just Beowolf. Beowolf sucks balls. Grendel is the shit too (no James Joyce tho)
    woofybobon December 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEvery time I encounter Beowulf I think about this song. It pretty much defines the poem for me. I love this simple, beautiful, and tragic interpretation of Grendel's mother.
    hallospacegirlon December 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentrecently read grendel. loved it. poor grendel's mother. :(
    uhhhon January 08, 2008   Link

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