"Heron Blue" as written by and Mark Edward Kozelek....
Don't cry my love don't cry no more
A crashing sky a rolling screen
A city drowning Gods black tears
I cannot bear to see


She lay under the midnight moon
Her restless body stiring
Until the magic morning hour
Like poison it succumbs her


Her baby skin her old black dress
Her hair it twists round her necklace
Constricts and chokes like ruthless vines
To sleep she overtakes her?


Her room is painted Heron Blue
Lit by candlelight and chandelier
And from her headboard perched so high
A million dreams have passed her


Don't cry my love don't cry no more
It overwhelms my breaking heart
A minor swell of violins
I cannot bear to hear them


A mother shepherds her young birds
she fills their mouths and warms their souls
Til they are strong and good to fly
Away from her alone she'll die


Cradle on quiet old oak limbs
As heaven blue her light fails
A breath of soot into her lungs
A life, a journeys end in one


Don't sing that old sad hymn no more
It resonates inside my soul
It haunts me in my waking dream
I cannot bear to hear it


Don't play those violins no more
Their melancholic overtones
They echo off the floor and walls
I cannot bear to hear them


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    My InterpretationMaybe not my favorite SKM song, but definitely Top 3. So haunting...
    The meaning is obvious, I think: it's a story about watching a heroin addict slowly die. The title, "soot into her lungs" (I guess she was smoking it, or maybe "lungs" is just a metaphor), "like poison, it succumbs her", and all of the obvious death references.
    The arrangement is just so beautiful: the way the distant bass drum comes in toward the end, then the light backing vocals.
    bocmaximaon May 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about death.

    The music is also very creepy, in a beautiful way.
    DubJon June 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this is specifically describing the event that's more emotionally described in Harper Road (I love how the songs on this album are connected!). This is right before her death, as whatever the disease is, "like poison it succumbs her." All of the constricting, killing images in this are connected with that feeling of unpreventable loss. And then, when it finally does happen, it haunts him and the sadness sets in. God this is a sad song. I like Harper Road's version of the event a little better, but this is more real and from a different perspective.
    triswebon July 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the drum that kicks in after the first accoustic interlude really makes this song and adds so much to its depth and morose imagery.
    censored by laurieon August 03, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionDeeply touching.
    Metalratexon June 19, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI get the vibe of the womens death.

    After that it's how he's tired of the sadness, "I cannot bear to hear it/them"
    it's that sadness that gets to him and haunts him.

    That's just why i picked up at listening to it.
    LOCOFOOLon July 15, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti like what i have read thus far, and i think that this may be talking about nature (?)
    we see that it is talking about a woman, mother nature. and then i read that someone mentioned war. Then i thought that he/she held a good point, that war does kill people but if it does not kill humans in time it will kill the planet. I think this song is about the end of Nature as a whole, and then the end of everything else on the Earth. This means that the constricting and choking could be the stealing of resources, resulting in the depletion of the inside of the Earth (natural resources being used up).
    The crying relates to rain, as they are tears of nature. The stopping of the tears meaning that there will be no reason to cry. During the destruction of nature there will be death, war, loss, and nothing more. In a world so strongly consumed by an individual's own "dog eat dog" ways or even in the simplest discriminative ways, it is likely that humans will go to war for what are easily insignificant reasons.
    (we don't all look a people and see humans but some of us see, Pakistanis, blacks, Asians, whites. all of that is truly insignificant... an easy concept that is viewed as a hard concept. Humans are nothing more than humans, and that is how it is for everyone.)
    Thus, this song may be about an overindulgent race destroying everything in their path to create what they want and not what they need. This is the ultimate destruction, going beyond self-destruction but also global destruction)
    dabearson March 01, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti like what i have read thus far, and i think that this may be talking about nature (?)
    we see that it is talking about a woman, mother nature. and then i read that someone mentioned war. Then i thought that he/she held a good point, that war does kill people but if it does not kill humans in time it will kill the planet. I think this song is about the end of Nature as a whole, and then the end of everything else on the Earth. This means that the constricting and choking could be the stealing of resources, resulting in the depletion of the inside of the Earth (natural resources being used up).
    The crying relates to rain, as they are tears of nature. The stopping of the tears meaning that there will be no reason to cry. During the destruction of nature there will be death, war, loss, and nothing more. In a world so strongly consumed by an individual's own "dog eat dog" ways or even in the simplest discriminative ways, it is likely that humans will go to war for what are easily insignificant reasons.
    (we don't all look a people and see humans but some of us see, Pakistanis, blacks, Asians, whites. all of that is truly insignificant... an easy concept that is viewed as a hard concept. Humans are nothing more than humans, and that is how it is for everyone.)
    Thus, this song may be about an overindulgent race destroying everything in their path to create what they want and not what they need. This is the ultimate destruction, going beyond self-destruction but also global destruction)
    dabearson March 01, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti like what i have read thus far, and i think that this may be talking about nature (?)
    we see that it is talking about a woman, mother nature. and then i read that someone mentioned war. Then i thought that he/she held a good point, that war does kill people but if it does not kill humans in time it will kill the planet. I think this song is about the end of Nature as a whole, and then the end of everything else on the Earth. This means that the constricting and choking could be the stealing of resources, resulting in the depletion of the inside of the Earth (natural resources being used up).
    The crying relates to rain, as they are tears of nature. The stopping of the tears meaning that there will be no reason to cry. During the destruction of nature there will be death, war, loss, and nothing more. In a world so strongly consumed by an individual's own "dog eat dog" ways or even in the simplest discriminative ways, it is likely that humans will go to war for what are easily insignificant reasons.
    (we don't all look a people and see humans but some of us see, Pakistanis, blacks, Asians, whites. all of that is truly insignificant... an easy concept that is viewed as a hard concept. Humans are nothing more than humans, and that is how it is for everyone.)
    Thus, this song may be about an overindulgent race destroying everything in their path to create what they want and not what they need. This is the ultimate destruction, going beyond self-destruction but also global destruction)
    dabearson March 01, 2011   Link
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    Song Meaningi like what i have read thus far, and i think that this may be talking about nature (?)
    we see that it is talking about a woman, mother nature. and then i read that someone mentioned war. Then i thought that he/she held a good point, that war does kill people but if it does not kill humans in time it will kill the planet. I think this song is about the end of Nature as a whole, and then the end of everything else on the Earth. This means that the constricting and choking could be the stealing of resources, resulting in the depletion of the inside of the Earth (natural resources being used up).
    The crying relates to rain, as they are tears of nature. The stopping of the tears meaning that there will be no reason to cry. During the destruction of nature there will be death, war, loss, and nothing more. In a world so strongly consumed by an individual's own "dog eat dog" ways or even in the simplest discriminative ways, it is likely that humans will go to war for what are easily insignificant reasons.
    (we don't all look a people and see humans but some of us see, Pakistanis, blacks, Asians, whites. all of that is truly insignificant... an easy concept that is viewed as a hard concept. Humans are nothing more than humans, and that is how it is for everyone.)
    Thus, this song may be about an overindulgent race destroying everything in their path to create what they want and not what they need. This is the ultimate destruction, going beyond self-destruction but also global destruction)
    dabearson March 01, 2011   Link

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