"Hearts of Iron" as written by and Alexei Perry Dan Boeckner....
Six shades were gold
in what was iron
that broke them all
and left you lying in bed
a bitter maul
very very small

you thought the sea
could make her belly swell
in a better dream
you wake and pace the hall
spitting bowl and seeds
those iron brothers
and that's a dream
nothing matters at all
at all
at all
nothing matters at all
at all
at all

when you regrow home in hearts of iron
when you regrow home in hearts of iron
when you regrow home in hearts of iron
when you regrow home in hearts of iron


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    General CommentI am hearing this:

    "six eggs were gold
    and one was iron
    that broke them all
    and left you lying in bed
    in a bed of moss
    very very small

    who thought the sea
    could make her belly swell?
    in a bad dream
    you wake and pace the hall and
    spittin' golden seeds
    there's iron brothers
    and that's a dream
    nothing matters at all
    at all
    at all
    nothing matters at all
    at all
    at all

    la la la la
    la la la la

    when did we grow old in hearts of iron
    when did we grow old in hearts of iron (naked?)
    when did we grow old in hearts of iron
    when did we grow old in hearts of iron"
    mr.doodleon September 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe first verse is about those birds that lay their egg in other birds' nests. And their egg hatches first among the other bird's eggs, and destroys them prematurely.
    But one of them survives.

    Not sure about the second verse exactly. But the person who wakes up and seems to be surrounded by these "iron" birds.

    And the last little bit, I suppose suggesting "we" are/have been the iron birds.

    Just an interpretation I suppose.
    mr.doodleon September 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentsorry listened to it again. The line in the second verse should be "WHEN that's a dream"
    mr.doodleon September 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with most of your lyrics, mr. doodle. Except, I don't think the second verse starts with a question. I think it is:

    You thought the sea could make her belly swell
    In a bad dream...

    Also, in the repeated lines at the end, the second one sounds to me like:
    When did we come home in hearts of iron naked?

    Interesting about the birds who lay eggs in other birds nests. I hadn't thought of that, but it seems right on. I am still contemplating the meaning of this one. Obviously, a couple whose hearts have hardened toward each other. But the references to fertility/pregnancy. Hmmm... still thinking.
    songyoneon September 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is what i heard:

    six eggs were gold and one was iron
    i broke them all and left you lying in bed
    one bed of moss, very very small

    you thought the sea could make her belly swell
    in a bad dream
    you wake and pace the hallway
    spitting gold seeds
    there's iron brothers

    my life's a dream
    nothing matters at all
    at all, at all
    nothing matters at all
    at all, at all

    la la la la
    la la la la

    when did we grow cold in hearts of iron
    when did we grow old in hearts of iron baby
    when did we grow old in hearts of iron

    *he either says old or cold. i think the "baby" part is him talking to his wife/girlfriend, asking her when did they get either old or cold
    pandora_ash_avalieon November 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentactually, he might be saying "when did we go home in hearts of iron"
    pandora_ash_avalieon November 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI saw these guys at a show in December 07, and the guy actually explained the story behind this song.

    He said it was about going through a divorce as a kid and he was living with his dad after and he made them breakfast... I think he explained it better than I can. hah.

    the lyrics go "Dad broke them all..."
    Referring to the eggs his dad made in the morning. I guess I read too deeply into it!
    mr.doodleon March 08, 2008   Link

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