Weep for yourself, my man,
You'll never be what is in your heart
Weep Little Lion Man,
You're not as brave as you were at the start
Rate yourself and rake yourself,
Take all the courage you have left
Wasted on fixing all the problems
That you made in your own head

But it was not your fault but mine
And it was your heart on the line
I really fucked it up this time
Didn't I, my dear?
Didn't I, my...

Tremble for yourself, my man,
You know that you have seen this all before
Tremble Little Lion Man,
You'll never settle any of your scores
Your grace is wasted in your face,
Your boldness stands alone among the wreck
Now learn from your mother or else
Spend your days biting your own neck

But it was not your fault but mine
And it was your heart on the line
I really fucked it up this time
Didn't I, my dear? (x2)

Didn't I, my dear?

Ahhhhh......

But it was not your fault but mine
And it was your heart on the line
I really fucked it up this time
Didn't I, my dear? (x2)

Didn't I, my dear?



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  • +26
    General CommentI think the verses are of a guy addressing himself, realising how foolishly he's behaved, by pushing the person that they loved away. He says "Wasted on fixing all the problems that you made in your own head", which could suggest a case of paranoia which, ultimately, ended the relationship.
    Anyway, it's a wonderful song and I won't be surprised if these guys hit it big soon. :)
    MayaMooon September 02, 2009   Link
  • +14
    General CommentCan tell you, as someone's son myself and now a father to a young man, it's about a dad apologizing to his kid about the emotional baggage parents unwittingly pass on. It's acknowledging that all the effort spent trying to both develop the person you want your son to be combined with everything you hate seeing in yourself is going to backfire. Could be over analyzing, but that's the first thing I thought of. Could hear my dad saying it to me, and me saying it to my boy as I see him wrestle with life's choices.
    jtquenlinon February 07, 2010   Link
  • +8
    General CommentI can't actually get over how amazing this band is. My favourite song from the Ep's so far - bring on the next one please.
    I think this song is about that one person you've let slip away, even after they've hung around you for ages, giving you so many chances but you've been too foolish to see it then. Ain't Hindsight a wonderful thing?
    BeatRushon April 27, 2009   Link
  • +6
    My InterpretationI'd have to spend more time doing proper research, but I strongly believe that just how "Roll Away Your Stone" is heavily influenced by Shakespeare's Macbeth, "Little Lion Man" is influenced by Shakespeare's Richard III.

    Richard the Third became Richard the Lionheart.

    "You'll never settle any of your score
    Your grace is wasted in your face
    Your boldness stands alone among the wreck
    Learn from your mother
    Or else spend your days biting your own neck"

    Early into the play you learn that Richard is a bastard child who is neglected, he has a damaged face with scars, he regularly comes in like a champion after someone else does the dirty work, his mother wishes he had died in birth.

    Just a few references, but I think any Shakespeare fans would enjoy re-reading that play then listening to this song.
    mumford613on August 20, 2012   Link
  • +5
    General CommentGuys i really dont think its rape yourself or rake yourself.

    Its "rate yourself and break yourself" which then connects with the line
    "your boldness stands alone among the wreck"!!

    Think about,this is a song about a guy who who is self-conscious,
    self-critical and extremely judgemental probably has an inferiority complex.

    He is rating himself then realizing hes not good enough,
    even though his parents called him "little lion man",
    and he is breaking himself down again....
    beezybeaston December 09, 2009   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI think this song is about a father talking to his son. (this is kind of my take of the lyrics)

    weep for yourself, my man,
    you'll never be what is in your heart
    weep little lion man,
    you're not as brave as you were at the start

    (as we all have to learn in life, we first have the biggest dreams and then life beats us down)

    rate yourself and rake yourself,
    take all the courage you have left
    waste it on fixing all the problems that you made in your own head

    (this is were I think the father feels he has left his boy after trying to raise him. As most fathers see themselves in their children and this father, I think, is seeing that he has passed some of his own problems to his son. and is kind of saying "yeah, I know you create problems that aren't really there cause you think too much, just like me".)

    but it was not your fault but mine
    and it was your heart on the line
    i really fucked it up this time
    didn't I, my dear?

    (its my fault your the way you are because I raised you. but I should have been more careful because you are the one who has to live with my mistakes.)


    tremble for yourself, my man,
    you know that you have seen this all before
    tremble little lion man,
    you'll never settle any of your score
    your grace is wasted in your face,
    your boldness stands alone among the wreck
    learn from your mother or else spend your days biting your own neck

    (look I can see me in you so I am telling you don't go down this road, dont make the same mistakes I have. learn from your mother not me. or you will regret it like me.)

    youngbloodrlon February 18, 2010   Link
  • +5
    Lyric CorrectionWoah there. It is not "Rate yourself and rape yourself." Gah. It's "Rate yourself and RAKE yourself", like the expression rake yourself over the coals.
    kindlemeon July 20, 2012   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationAs a father who is currently rebuilding a relationship with my daugher, and as a stepfather who is helping kids through the damage caused by their father, I can see quite plainly that this song is about a father apologizing to his son for the damage his behavior has caused. Here is my interpretation:


    weep for yourself, my man,
    you'll never be what is in your heart
    -It's OK to cry because your life hasn't turned out the way you wished.

    weep little lion man,
    you're not as brave as you were at the start
    -I've always admired your bravery (hence the nickname), but I see now that you are more vulnerable than I thought.

    rate yourself and rape yourself,
    -I think it's rake or break. Either way, he's commenting on how the boy is too harsh on himself.

    take all the courage you have left
    wasted on fixing all the problems that you made in your own head
    -Stop beating yourself up over this and save your courage.

    but it was not your fault but mine

    and it was your heart on the line
    -I knew my behavior was destructive to myself (and your mother), but I see now that you are the one I should have worried about.

    i really fucked it up this time
    didn't I, my dear?
    -I think he is addressing the boy's mother at this point. Note how much softer and remorseful his voice becomes when he repeats the last part.

    tremble for yourself, my man,
    you know that you have seen this all before
    -We've been down this road before. It's nothing new.

    tremble little lion man,
    you'll never settle any of your score
    -Stop trying so hard. You can't take this all on yourself.

    your grace is wasted in your face,
    -You've wasted too much energy masking your feelings.

    your boldness stands alone among the wreck
    -

    learn from your mother or else spend your days biting your own neck
    -Trust your mother and listen to her so you don't repeat my mistakes.
    Mofrakon September 14, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI'm surprised this one hasn't been brought up yet.

    "Learn from your mother Or else spend your days biting your own neck"

    The cat family (Little LION Man) bites the neck of their prospective mate to subdue them for sex. In other words, Learn from your mother or spend your days fucking yourself over. :)
    zyxwv88on September 18, 2012   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationIt is all about that universal human emotion that wells up inside when one realizes that she/he will never live up to his idealized version of herself/himself.
    rgdaddyon September 26, 2012   Link

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