You were a witch with your short hair

The weather would celebrate us both as we ran all the way home

Staked out in the oaks
In the form of little brothers from down below

The weather would celebrate us both as we ran all the way home

Tumbling down the hill
Our faces dirty with warpaint

And all of Jerusalem is sleeping in our front yard

Please be able only to see the legs in front of us

We went through the carpentry
Having stolen parts of buildings
Shouting for you to slap the songs on your knees

Are we as bandits with orange peels over our eyes?

You were a witch with your short hair

The weather would celebrate us both as we ran all the way home

Tumbling down the hill
Our faces dirty with warpaint

These are the tools that take the marrow from your bones


Lyrics submitted by Tony Clifton

Witch song meanings
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    My OpinionIt's kind of a bummer how of few people know about these guys (or not at all a bummer, depending on how you look at it). Fantastic song though. All of them really.

    No idea what it means, but I was always the kid in school that interpreted poems and whatnot literally.
    chrisrogersisthemanon July 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIn light of the song's chorus I assumed he was talking about an ex or current lover that cut their hair short, which induced "witchy", or bitchy, behavior. But looking further, the song seems to have biblical allegory, like, "And all of Jerusalem is sleeping in our front yard" and "We went through the carpentry." Just a thought. I don't exactly know the meaning of this song, but I think it's catchy.

    But maybe the title lends to a theme of adolescence and fairy tale. This song sounds like he's talking about a wild imagination and the children that use them. Like, "Are we as bandits with orange peels over our eyes?" Kids are imaginative and come up with all kinds of stories to entertain themselves. "Please be able only to see the legs in front of us," reminds me of those things that only children believe and see yet adults cannot. "The weather would celebrate us both as we ran all the way home; Tumbling down the hill; Our faces dirty with warpaint," these lines brings childhood fun right and center in my mind.

    Well, this wasn't exactly a song meaning, just the gist I get from the lyrics. I bet it's very esoteric, but as all art is... this, too, is open to interpretation.




    fixedaffectionon July 23, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI love the line "please be able only to see the legs in front of us" and agree with the biblical allegory suggestion.

    This line specifically deals with, I think, feelings of fear coupled with bravery...

    Think about it...

    Jerusalem is sleeping in our front yards right?
    Our faces are dirty with warpaint?

    Imagine: you're marching toward the enemy, your mind is racing, you're inexperienced and young, your life is in danger.

    Your soldier has a simple request--to be able to see only the soldier's legs marching in front of him. He needs to push distractions and feelings aside. He needs to center.

    Everyone needs to feel some degree of control, especially in uncontrollable environments (i.e. war...). Even if control is really only an illusion.

    His vulnerability is dizzying, but he presses on.

    The dude's a regular bamf.

    The honesty contained within this one line makes the song incredible.
    whatevernameon October 07, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI believe this song is about kids playing, stealing material to build forts and playing solidier. The line 'you are a witch in your short hair' sounds like something a child would randomly say to another ( remember when you were little and the start to any make-believe adventure with a friend started with randomly assigning identities?).

    Most of the song seems to go along with the idea of going on a crusade in Their yard, which if their pretending to be knights would explain the witch line.

    The only line that I can't relate is "these are the tools that take the Marrow from your bones". But this song seems to ve dealing with the unpredictable fluid rythm of a child's imagination.

    God I love this band
    TreeLevelon February 19, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about a former lover who joined the army(perhaps against his wishes???) and had her hair cut short. the song itself has a lot of terms that can be Interpreted in a military way: staked out as in lying in wait to strike, tumbling down hills faces dirty with war paint is pretty self explanatory when put in the proposed context of the military, and the line that says, “Having stolen parts of buildings” could refer to the occupation of buildings that would make the soldiers bandits in the eyes of the warring nation.
    Dartperfecton June 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think there is an allusion to Joan of Arc. She was considered a witch, and she probably had short hair to disguise herself as a man when she went into battle. It could also mean kid's are playing battled, someone idolizing Joan of Arc.
    Buffy512on August 29, 2011   Link

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