"Among His Tribe" as written by and Michael Melchiondo Aaron Freeman....
He would step out of the night and light a fire among his tribe
Carving from a bear's tooth, he used the flesh to feed the youth
He'd salt it down...

Sails were made from darkened hide, fish were caught in the lowest tide
Thought of war kept him strong, he listened for the battle song
In the night...

And the old would teach the young to heed the word of the master's tongue
A chosen son would take a bride and light the fire among his tribe
And on and on...

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"Among His Tribe" as written by Michael Melchiondo Aaron Freeman

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    General CommentThis song is about the oral tradition passed down through generations, over hundreds of thousands of years. Each generation, some improved the knowledge, some lost the knowledge, but collectively as a species we increased to the point where knowledge is spread at a rate approaching real time.

    Among his tribe speaks of the knowledge of how to survive, how to build tools, sails, catch the fish. He then teaches his son this information, and that son will increase his knowledge, and teach his son, and on and on...

    Now we find ourselves here, still among our tribe, but we with the internet have the ability to share knowledge with everyone who wants to seek it. Lets hope we keep going on and on.
    qsucvatzon June 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the deeper meaning of this song is to celebrate how meaningful that life is compared to modern life... because everything a person among his tribe does has purpose. Living off the land. Hunting for your own food. Teaching your own young. Defending your people. Basically taking what the land gives you. All for survival.

    As opposed to most of our lives, where survival isn't an issue. We spend most of our energy finding ways to pass the time. The postmodern existential crisis. The song highlights how meaningful and real tribal life is compared to ours.

    It's a theme in other art and literature. Huxley's "Brave New World" touches on the same ideas.
    rufonzon September 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow could I be the first to comment on this? I love this song, in fact I love the entire Quebec album. Not so sure what it means, though I'm sure it must mean something...
    majestikmoose9on September 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah I know what you mean man. Quebec has been out for HOW LONG???
    Seriously though I must agree with you; I enjoy every song on the Quebec album except for everything after "Captain" cause those songs were lost. :'( My favorite song by them is Tried and True!! omg such a good beat.
    Am_dragonon September 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song about a young indian boy and his tribe.
    echardcoreon March 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentconflict was a large part of tribal humans, no wonder we fight wars today.

    amazing song, amazing album

    deadcow666on October 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti agree with qsucvatz that these are things he's singing about but i think there is a deeper metaphorical meaning...
    steve0965on October 20, 2008   Link

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