"Colony of Birchmen" as written by and William Kelliher Brent Hinds....
This forest is growing faster than I can tell
Cell structure eats away at a massive swell
Seems, however, I'm a victim of circumstance
Hunt for ogres and dwarfs
Lion slicer
Run with death
Run with death
White faces coming closer with every step
Earth envelopes taking breath without happenstance
Carve my teeth out, ripping through the sheep's head curse
Hunter gatherer
Ridden from the cave

Run with death
Run with death
Gone away
My heart's gone away
Taking everything
My heart's gone away
Take it now

Run with death
Run with death
Gone away
My heart's gone away
Taking everything
My heart's gone away
Take it now


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"Colony of Birchmen" as written by William Kelliher Brent Hinds

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  • +4
    General CommentGotta disagree with you on that one jek. I really don't think Homme contributes much to this song. All he really does is sing a couple of words as backup. And to be honest, I couldn't really tell it was him until someone told me. Would of been cooler if he got a slightly bigger part though.

    As for the meaning, everyone seems to be right saying that this song is about a bunch of tree people, but I'm more interested in the end. If you look at the lyrics in the first track, "The Wolf is Loose," it points out that the main protagonist is a werewolf, and that part of the reason he's climbing Blood Mountain is to rid himself of that curse. There's some references to that, especially the line:

    "Carve my teeth out ripping through the sheep's head curse."

    That could also explain the whole, "My heart's gone away," thing. I think he turns into the werewolf form again in this song. I don't really know, just trying to put the whole story together.
    supergump88on October 18, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWOW! this album kicks fucking ass
    loc4485on September 14, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"This forest is growing faster than I can tell."

    epic first line
    MCSquidon September 28, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIts about the lone protagonist making his way through a colony of tree-men
    Ddaduttaon September 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHomme's vox really add a lot to this song
    jek21on October 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentvery great song.
    iHeartafi729on March 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti too agree with silersun rapture on the whole MTV thing. im getting pissed off seeing how in the past few months theyve been trying to make metal mainstream by playing killswitch engage, shadows falls, and now mastodon on their channel. they should keep those great bands on MTV2 on headbangers ball. that way those songs and bands get listened to by people who actually like them.

    besides all that ranting the song itself is wicked good. this and blood and thunder are my two favorites.
    terrorwalkingon April 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe best one in the album, and Homme's really adds a lot!
    syko227on September 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti dont know if any of you guys know this but blood mountain is an actual mountain in georga wich is where the bands from
    cribari93on October 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo the birchmen are a race of tree people, hence "birch" (a type of tree) and "men" (they are half human), they are also mentioned in the bit with weird vocals in circle of cysquatch, and Brent even mentions them in the making of documentary. Though i remember reading an article that Brann wrote that said that the intro to crystal skull was inspired by Peter's Jackson's version of king kong, and this song always reminds me of the bit in the canyon with the giant bugs. It has that same atmosphere that the characters are on the verge of dying in a terrible place where no human has survived.
    serge fabrizioon September 18, 2006   Link

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