When we arrive
Sons and daughters
We'll make our homes on the water
We'll build our walls aluminum
We'll fill our lives with cinnamon now

These currents pull us across the border
Steady your boats
Arms to shoulder
Till tides are pulled
Hold our grounds
Making this cold harbor now home

Take up your arm
Sons and daughters
We will arise from the bunkers
By land, by sea, by dirigible
We'll leave our tracks untraceable now

When arrive
Sons and daughters
We'll make our lives on the water
We'll build our walls aluminum
We'll fill our mouths cinnamon

When we arrive
Sons and daughters
We'll make our homes on the water
We'll build our walls aluminum
We'll fill our mouths cinnamon

When we arrive sons and daughters
We'll make our homes underwater
When we build our walls of aluminum
We'll fill our mouths with cinnamon

[Repeat: x20]
Here all the bombs fade away



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"Sons and Daughters" as written by Colin Meloy

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  • +5
    My Interpretation:Fridge Brilliance about this song says the following. The lyrics are intentionally anachronistic. There is no single time period where aluminum was a precious metal, and when cinnamon had the same value as gold, and when people traveled by dirigible and feared bombs. The song is not meant to represent any single time period. Rather, it is meant to gather the hopes and optimism of all the pilgrims and pioneers through many different time periods. The idea of escaping some horror and moving on to a new land and creating a better life is a recurrent theme throughout human history. This song is about all those people, not just any one particular set. The last several choruses of the song are sung as a round to further emphasize this point. As the song of one set of pilgrims progresses and fades away, a new song from a new set comes in and renews the hope.
    TV4Funon January 08, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I don't think this song has any real meaning other than trying to capture the optimism of starting a new life. Things will be better, and we'll make things work. That's how it sounds to me, anyway.

    And knowing the band, it's probably got references to specific pieces of history that I'd have no clue about.
    Richard_6on September 08, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I think this IS a WWII Song...
    It sounds to me like this is about a band of Gypsies (which is not actually what you're supposed to call them, it's "Sinti" or "Roma" to be correct). But they were also victims of the Nazis, so I think this song is about them surviving WWII and Hitler's regime, and building a new life in a new place.
    sarahnon November 02, 2008   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning:Simply about post-war optimism. I like to place this in Europe after WWII but I don't think the time or the place hold any importance.
    infinityontrialon June 25, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:So how do you write a song?

    I know little of The Decemberists, but I really like this song.

    The order of these steps, I think, may be transposed. I'm still learning.

    You create music that you like. You play it over and over. You learn what feelings and ideas it invokes within you. You share the music with your collaborators. You incorporate their ideas and feelings and the music may change a little. You write down the ideas that have been inspired until you are satisfied with the structure. And hopefully it has become beautiful.

    A beautiful piece of writing, as these lyrics are, when separated from the music (though they are much the richer when lifted up with the music) has more layers of ideas than even the writer(s) had in mind. Because language is imperfect. It is how we try to express that which is within our minds.

    This discussion is beautiful. All these ideas from minds all over the world, inspired by beautiful words and music.

    And so I will add to this thread: I think the authors may have written about all of these places and times that have been spoken of (those that they are aware of); they've woven the pieces of these narratives into a tapestry that is this idea they wish to share - a journey to a wonderful place on the horizon where the fear and sadness of days gone by is forgotten, and the dreams of the coming times inspire hope.
    2_Standon August 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Eep, sorry for the triple post. I guess my computer went nuts..
    HoboInABoxon October 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This is a great little sing along song
    fgevilmonkeyon August 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:yeah, the round rules
    moreproductiveon August 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i think this might be my fav on their album
    bhines11on August 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think the end should be "Hear" instead of "Here" since it seems like the sound of a bomb would be fading away instead of talking about a place in which bombs fade away.
    Tom Selleckon August 27, 2006   Link

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