"Postcard" as written by and Samuel Beam....
This postcard tells you where we've been
And dirty dreams of pious men
Who wake in fear but sleep again
With what they've done
With what they've done
With all they've done

Some prophet died but wrote it down
Our serpent bell is on the ground
And all the ladies sing it loud
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

The meadow birds have found
The bones of righteous men
Like ragged clothes
Like precious stones
And fell like evil in the end
And eight of them
Those evil men, those perfect men

Some knuckle broken heart disease
Which pulled a preacher off his knees
A callous whisper through the trees
Blows patience boy
More patience boy
More patience boy

And watch her children by the flame
The ones you gave your father's name
Whose evil and his love remained
Inside you boy
Inside you boy
Inside you boy

The meadow birds have found
The bones of righteous men
Like ragged clothes
Like precious stones
And fell like evil in the end
And eight of them
Those evil men, those perfect men

We'll sing a song we've never heard
Formed out of small forsaken words
And all the while that this occurs
We'll love you all
We'll love you all
We'll love you all

And for the beauty that we've lost
The measured time for love it costs
Despite our feelings for the cross
We love you all
We love you all
We love you all


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"Postcard" as written by Samuel Beam

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    General CommentCorrection

    Some prophet died and wrote it down
    Our serpent bellies on the ground

    Good song!
    Fjordenskon July 03, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOops, correction again.. Some prophet died but wrote it down. haha
    Fjordenskon July 03, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song seems to be regarding Good and Evil and the Human Spirit in general focusing around the Catholic church and it's practices in particular. It's not the first time Sam Beam has written lyrics with religious context his lyrics are full of religious symbolism.

    I know others have thought it sounds like our serpent bellies on the ground or even baal the demon but one does not take possession of demons or Satan so why would he say Our?

    I believe the lyrics above are correct our Serpent Bell is on the ground because he also mentions precious stones. Our Bell... The serpent bell is symbolic of an ancient justice system and judgement in particular which man created, Thus it is Ours.

    it seems it may have been at least partially inspired by an ancient roman text : Of the Vicissitude of Everything Good, and Especially of a Right Justice. Written in the Latin language approx year 1300 as a part of Gesta Romanorum (Deeds of the Romans) for use by the church.

    Now having read the translated roman text if we go back and hear that the serpent bell is on the ground and all the ladies sing hallelujah, Judgement is no more.

    The meadow birds have found the bones of righteous men
    Like ragged clothes, like precious stones, In this case you could assume he's talking about the emperor because he was the recipient of the precious stones that restored his vision in the ancient roman text. But I think it might mean mean what it says the Righteous men who were touched by and healed by god are gone.

    Despite our feelings for the cross,

    Remember the ladies singing Hallelujah that the Righteous men were dead and that Judgement has passed, so that gives some idea of "Our Feelings" which could imply Society's feelings for the cross.

    The Cross being symbolic itself of the church.

    He goes on to say: We love you all

    So it would seem that the writer of the song disagrees with the catholic church and it's practices created by man but still wishes to honor the Righteous men and possibly the religion itself.

    Which seems to fit well being Sam Beam was raised with the Bible but says he is no longer a Christian but also he says. "I'm not an atheist. There's an undeniable unseen world that some people call God and think they know more about than other people. I try not to get hung up on the names."

    His beliefs are complicated, his lyrics are brilliant and mysterious and reflect this. to fully understand the lyrics and what exactly they are supposed to mean I guess You'd have to ask Sam.
    ThePr0pheton December 13, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationOverall this has a feel of vision or prophecy, lots of half-seen images, religious allusions and contrasting opposites. It seems to be a reflection on the dual nature of good and evil and how these are passed on from generation to generation.

    The song introduces itself as a reflection on history, like a postcard that "tells you where we've been". This starts out with an image of "dirty dreams of pious men" showing that even those considered most pure and moral are susceptible to sin and lust. These men "wake in fear but sleep again" -- despite the feelings of conscience, the animal need for sleep wins out in the end. This also could be depicting the way that people find justifications for what they've done so that they can preserve their sense of self and continue living.

    The next stanza describes a prophetic vision, depicting humans at both extremes of low ("our serpent bellies on the ground") and high ("all the ladies singing loud / alleluia"). This could be pointing to the hypocrisy of some religious practices, or could just be presenting a picture of two sides of religious existence, sin and piety.

    The chorus depicts an image of "meadow birds" finding "the bones of righteous men" and finally settling on them and eating them. The bones are presented in two different lights, as worthless junk ("like ragged clothes") and priceless treasure ("like precious stones") and their former owners as both "evil" and "righteous"/"perfect" men. I think the bones represent the writings and traditions of one's ancestors and past religious leaders, while the birds symbolize a new generation that discovers the past anew and incorporates it into the mindset of the times.

    In the next stanza Beam seems to be using the word "knuckle" in its archaic sense meaning "kneel", so the overall meaning of the first two lines is that some people turn to faith after being "broken" by life's hardships, whereas for others hardships pull them away from religion. The "callous whisper" of "patience, boy" could be the awareness that everyone dies in the end.

    The next stanza is reflecting on the concept of inheritance and the relationships of fathers and sons. The children have received their surname from their father's father, and likewise have inherited both his good and bad characteristics ("his evil and his love remain / inside you boy"). The "flame" represents passions which can warm but also cause harm if uncontrolled -- the subject tries to protect his children from getting burned but knows that they might succumb to the same temptations and weaknesses that he has.

    After another repetition of the chorus, the last two stanzas seem to present a vision of the afterlife, looking back over life and measuring up the "time for love" that was lost or wasted. In the end a feeling of universal love remains for all humans, saint and sinner alike, despite their flaws.
    treanton March 24, 2016   Link

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