Guten Nacht
I'll be dead before dawn

Kind, mein Sohn
I'll be dead before dawn

And though your eyes appear wry and withdrawn
I'll be dead before dawn
I'll be dead before dawn

Father! Father I fear for the night
when the Erl King comes to collect us.
Father! Father! I fear for my soul as you should

Father Father make sense of the night
Let's turn back our horse
and flee from this unsightly terror,
that is trembling through these woods

My son you must be pacified
these scenes of dreams are only imagination
My son, you must be satisfied
I'll keep you safe from fancy apparitions

My dear young son, with eyes so wild
Be still my son, you waggish child.
I'll hold your head and keep you warm
There's nothing here to harm you.

Child you're beautiful
come lie with the Erl King
Child you're beautiful
come quiet, come willing

The gifts I could give to you
The wind and the wild river spring
Child you're beautiful
come lie with the Erl King
Child you're beautiful
come quiet, come willing

Father! Father can't you hear his cries?
The Erl King comes to collect us!
Father! Father I fear for my soul
as you should
Father! Father! Make sense of the night
Let's turn back our horse
and flee from this unsightly terror
that is trembling through these woods.

My dear young one I hear it clear
a hooing owl burrows near
No Tophet trolls or urchin fear
There's nothing here to harm you.

Child you're beautiful
come lie with the Erl King
Child, you're beautiful
come quiet, come willing

The gifts I could give to you,
the wind and the wild river spring
child you're beautiful
come quiet, come willing.

Father gallops frantically,
trembling with dread
For when he reached the weeping hearth
The child was dead.


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    Song MeaningI love this song and this band for introducing me to the folk legend of an Erl King. However, as much as I want to see this song as literal, I can't help but get the image of a pedophile stalking a child. Anyone else?
    Fyooshaon May 01, 2011   Link

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