Silver lines are drawn
wrapped in golden twine,
I've heard tell of you
in ways you would deny

Ba da dum ba da dum ba da da da dum

Hung by a rope where the railroad will surely come by.

I've listened way too long
to all your stolen lines,
the railroad soon will own
all you've left behind.

Ba da dum ba da dum ba da da da dum

Hung by a rope where the railroad will surely come by.

Hang there, all alone


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Louis Riel song meanings
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    My InterpretationI've always loved this tune, but had no idea what the lyrics meant so I did some research on Louis Riel (source:Wikipedia) -- here's what I came up with. I'm assuming that the song is from the perspective someone talking to and about Riel, rather than the perspective of Riel himself.

    Silver lines are drawn
    [Silver lines = Swords? Or maybe metaphorical lines in the sand? Louis Riel was a politician remembered for leading rebellions of aboriginal Canadians against the Canadian government.]

    wrapped in golden twine,
    [Riel was hanged to death. Maybe the twine refers to the rope used to hang him.]

    I've heard tell of you
    in ways you would deny
    [He is remembered as either a hero or a traitor. Although he seems to have had a messianic complex, who knows how he would have chosen to be remembered?]

    Hung by a rope where the railroad will surely come by.
    [Riel's downfall occurred during the North-West Rebellion of 1885 when use of the newly developed Canadian Pacific Railway allowed opposing forces to overwhelm him. Hanging near a railroad sounds like a humiliating mark of his defeat. Adding insult to injury, or in this case, execution.]

    I've listened way too long
    to all your stolen lines,
    [Wikipedia says Riel was prone to giving long speeches and writing poetry in the manner of Lamartine. Not sure, but could the song be referencing this?]

    the railroad soon will own
    all you've left behind.
    [Power and progress overtaking history?]

    Hang there, all alone
    [More references to hanging. Kind of a grim story for a such a light and bouncy tune, eh?]
    SooperSouljaon November 18, 2013   Link

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