"The Procession" as written by and Casey Blue Crescenzo....
[These words are from the booklet. The only ambiguity is how to format it best.]

The blood...
how it paints such a scene
foul routine pedigree
mouth agape, stuttered hands attempt
to flail, and finally agree
her heart ceases its rhythm
somewhere trumpets decay
in the front by the well
wishing wishes that
deny the stale smell in the hay

there, no one cry [cries?]
place these over her eyes
we are broke and alone
we are broken alone

[CHORUS:]
(She's inanimate)
(bloodless elegance)
Fatal fascination breeds a bloom of misery
(helpless hiding tongues)
(bathed in revulsion)
her lies unfinished
beauty wilting premature
But we can't be too sure
no we can't be too sure

reserved, always playing the part
of the boy left alone
he proceeds to the road
beyond the home he'd learn to call his own.

[CHORUS]

One life for another.

[CHORUS]


Lyrics submitted by ciesl279, edited by thelukeeffect

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    General CommentThe Dear Hunter would not have killed her in my opinion. He's too much of a romantic as we learn later in Act II. As a hopeless romantic myself, I feel that family obligatory love is just as binding, in merely a different way from falling in love. I like the idea of the pimp and the priest terminating her, and I have this funny feeling that we'll find out in later acts that he was intercepting Ms. Leading's letters and the Dear Hunter will confront him (in possibly a violent matter).

    I think the one life for another does represent the Dear Hunter being able to find his own life now that his obligatory "matriarchal bonds" are cut.
    Stevekrizon June 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think that casey puts meaning behind the WAY he sings as well. "one life for another" seems too angry to be starting a new life--the way its sung just seems like irrational emotions wanted to seek revenge from his mom's killer
    youthinkyourejohnlennonon January 27, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationProcession:=funeral. but i dont think there is a funeral. generally a funeral procession includes some ceremony and walking, and i think all of that is represented in the boy's exodus.
    Such a good painting of the boy discovering his mother’s death. “trumpets decay” oh god yes. Remember the well from act 1 all dried up? Yeah, it has finally been dried up. So we can guess it has something to do with his mother (sexual chalice) but it is more than that, it is a motherly chalice (incest returns!) and the “stale smell” is deathly in the hay there no one cry.
    Here we see the boy’s strength, in my opinion, but it is also sad that no one will mourn her and that is why we feel bad for Boy. “We (him and his mother) are broke and alone” and he discovers a truth of life that is a theme (said over and over in act 3s finale) “we all die alone”.
    Now, he thinks of the death. Is this the narrator describing the oddness that her beauty remains? Or the boys meditation? Dunno. But it’s pretty easy to understand. He leaves, something about being unsure. And finally, “one life for another” reminds us of his birth as she sacrificed her life for him.
    This is my favorite song btw. It is so well done in every aspect and very creative in the rhythm. Plus, the tone really matches the lyrics. It’s probably the most complete song in the album.
    adroitaudioon May 04, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthe album version of this can be heard on the new ecard here:

    ecards.tenminutemedia.net/dearhunter/
    ciesl279on May 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about the death of Ms. Terri... now he is wondering back to "the home he learned to call his own" not knowing what to do.
    heroicowlon May 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI believe that Ms. Terri was raped and murdered.
    "stuttered hands attempt to flail, and finally agree. "

    Although, the line "one life for another" doesn't really fit in there. Who is gaining this new life in the wake of her death?

    Is it the Dear Hunter? Starting on his own?
    RBK4129on December 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI believe that Ms. Terri was raped and murdered.
    "stuttered hands attempt to flail, and finally agree. "

    Although, the line "one life for another" doesn't really fit in there. Who is gaining this new life in the wake of her death?

    Is it the Dear Hunter? Starting on his own?
    RBK4129on December 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIs it possible that the dear hunter was the one who raped and killed her? I've only really listened to (AND LOVE) Act II, and as far as I can tell, it wouldn't be too out of character for him at all. Thoughts from someone who knows more about the story in Act I?
    daugartenon January 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIs it possible that the dear hunter was the one who raped and killed her? I've only really listened to (AND LOVE) Act II, and as far as I can tell, it wouldn't be too out of character for him at all. Thoughts from someone who knows more about the story in Act I?
    daugartenon January 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWould it be possible that the Pimp/Priest thought she wasn't making him any money so he decided to "discontinue" her.
    Br& Nizzleon January 29, 2008   Link

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