"The Last Baron" as written by and William Breen Kelliher Brann Timothy Dailor....
I'd guess they would say we could set this world ablaze
Please, please take my hand
Please take my soul to rest
So we can always be around

It is hard to see
Through all the haze at the top of the trees
Hold my head on stable ground
Watch as the Earth falls all around

Please, please take my hand
Please take my soul to rest
So we can always be around

Faltering foot steps
Dead end path
All I that need is this wise mans staff
Encased in crystal he leads the way
I guess they'd say we could set the world ablaze

Please, please take my hand
Please take my soul to rest
So we can always be around

I guess they would say we can set this world ablaze
Hold my head on stable ground
Watch as the Earth falls all around

Take my black soul
Alive in the fires that burn my skin
Guide my eyes all through this maze
I guess they'd say we could set the world ablaze

All that I have seen
Standing on the edge
The foot of precipice
Floating in the sea
Past the king of swords
Quickly to the shore
The last baron
The last baron

Ghost of man surrounds me in my slumber
I have no fear as your wing is my shelter

Cyanide he craves
Coursing through his veins
Providing him with strength
To see this to the end
Afraid of psychic eyes
Faith in mystic power
The last baron
The last baron

Will he save me?
Will he save me?

I was standing staring at the world
And I can't see it

I was standing staring at the world
And I still can't see it


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"The Last Baron" as written by Troy Jayson Sanders Brann Timothy Dailor

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  • +6
    General Commentaccording to the dvd, the album tells the story of a boy in modern times who astral projects and ends up getting lost. over the course of the album, the boy's spirit is sucked through a wormhole and ends up being used by a Czarist Russian cult in divination rituals. Rasputin is a member and agrees to take the boy's spirit back to his body. "The Last Baron" seems to be telling the tale of Rasputin and the boy's journey across time and space back to the boy's body. Happening alongside the boy's story, another story unfolds. the boy's family finds his lifeless body and assume he's dead. the album also appears to follow the emotions the family going through the 7 stages of grief (the album contains 7 tracks. This story is most likely inspired by the tragic death of a band member's sibling at a young age.
    In my opinion, the two storylines come together in "The Last Baron". Rasputin manages to rescue the boy, but as the boy's soul returns to his body he realizes he cannot see the world, "i was staring at the world, and i can't see it" are the final lyrics. my conclusion is that the boy's parents having accepted their son's death (acceptance being the 7th and final stage of grief) have buried his body before his soul could return leaving him unable to "see the world".
    just an idea.
    dexatrosinon April 05, 2009   Link
  • +5
    General CommentFucking amazing epicly song. No words cand describe it :3
    Mastoganaon March 17, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHard to say what this one is about.

    On the one hand, it clearly sounds like it's about the czar relying on Rasputin to guide him as his feudal world nears it's end. The Czar is the last baron because there will be no more feudal lords in Russia after him, and the references to magic, the staff, the ghost, and the sheltering wing are references to Rasputin. Setting the world ablaze could be a reference to the rise of communism as a great power after the Revolution.

    Yet if, (as has been suggested elsewhere) this story is supposed to be about some astral-tripping boy who meets with Rasputin; the main figure of this song could actually be that boy and this song is actually comparing his reliance on Rasputin to the Czar's.
    SuperMutanton April 01, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is just the ending of the album. The album is a dedicataion to the drummer's sister Skye who committed suicide when they were children. This simple fact is very important in interpreting the entire album.

    If you read closely you can tell that he tries to commit suicide.

    He's seeked both professional and spiritual help. The spiritual help is obvious when you read the lyrics of the other songs in this album.

    "Cyanide, he craves, coursing through his veins providing him with strength"
    Most obvious hint on attempted suicide.

    "Afraid of psychic eyes"
    He's afraid of a supreme being in this case it would be God.

    "Faith in mystic powers."
    This refers to a doctor he put all his faith into professional hands which I guess supplied him with this "Cyanide" but obviously he tried to overdose on medicated pills (anti-depressants).

    "Please, please take my hand
    Please take my soul to rest
    So we can always be around"

    He's praying at this point and expects to meet his sister in what he believes to be Heaven.

    "Will he save me?
    Will he save me?"
    He's referring once again to a higher power.

    "Faltering foot steps
    Dead end path
    All I that need is this wise mans staff
    Encased in crystal he leads the way
    I guess they'd say we could set the world ablaze"
    He's lost faith in spiritual help at this point. He believes he himself can't find the way to closure and follows this person who is untouchable, someone he can't compare himself to, my belief is some highly religious official.

    "Take my black soul
    Alive in the fire that burns my skin
    Guide my eyes all through this maze
    I guess they would say we could set the world ablaze"
    His black soul basically just means that he feels guilty and still blames himself for his sister's death. Alive in the fire that burns my skin is a reference to hell. I guess in order for him to take his sister's death so heavily he was close to her and as close children they would get into mischief and other fun doing hence the "I guess they would say we could set the world ablaze."

    "All that I have seen
    Standing on the edge
    The foot of precipice
    Floating in the sea
    Past the king of swords
    Quickly to the shore"
    Everything he has seen basically refers to the point in which his sister commited suicide to the point in which he is in now. The foot of precipice is another way of saying "going over the edge" (a precipice is a very steep and abrupt end to a cliff). The king of swords basically refers to their father which is supposedly the cause of his sister's suicide and he's making one last attempt to escape this hell and make it to a resolve.

    "I was standing staring at the world
    And I can't see it"
    He's having a spiritual revelation at this point in which he believes he's going to heaven but he can't see it, basically he wasn't accepted into heaven to meet his sister and thus ends his trip of depression, spiritual exploration, and atlast attempted suicide.

    9kgon April 18, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWhen they use the line "Cyanide he craves"
    It can be noted that cyanide, was used to kill Rasputin.

    The song is follows a storyline that continues through out the album.
    A boy sentanced to a wheelchair starts venturing in astreal projections, but one time he breaks away and floats too close to the sun (oblivion). He is then sucked into a wormhole and is brought to the Khylsts' rituals and Rasputin discovers the boy (Divinations). It is now Rasputins goal to get this boy back to his body.. (In "The Czar") is basically the premonition of Rasputin's murder. In the Last Baron is the adventure back as Rasputin puts himself in an astreal projection before he dies.. He leads the boy back home to his body.

    That was the storyline featured in the bonus DVD.
    Though its clear that Brann wrote this album in memory of his sister Skye (hence the name), you can infer that all these songs were written about his sister too
    GlyphDingbaton July 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is nothing short of brilliant on an absolute fantastic album.
    Rumoron April 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song isn't about Rasputin I don't think... Brent Hinds said in an interview that only one song is about Rasputin and it is "the czar"... the interview is on youtube, its pretty easy to find. Maybe rasputin is mentioned in this to an extent, but from what Brent said it isn't about him... I have no idea what it is about then, this album is still a mystery to me.
    cracktheskye9on May 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentloooove this song, the most heartfelt track on the new album i think

    i can't get over the chorus,

    "Please, please take my hand
    Please take my soul to rest
    So we can always be around"

    such emotion
    mast0d0non March 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRemember you can't view this song literally, even the band said it themselves that everything is metaphoric, to understand what's going on don't follow the storyline, follow the metaphoric meanings behind the story in the other songs of the album.
    9kgon April 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think mastodon sing about politics, and even if they did I'm sure this song could not describe the rise of communism as setting the world ablaze.

    Considering the bands history rasputin and a boy who's soul travels through time seems entirely fitting. I have to say that I love the idea of him being buried and the 7 stages of grief, but i don't think its explicit enough. I'm sure if mastodon were singing about someone buried alive, they would have done at least a song about it- think about how many mastadony/trippy lines could be put in.

    I think the end of the world is the theme of this song. As its mastodon we cant expect a linear story line or a simple explanation. Its entirely possible that this album is all about rasputin, souls traveling in time, and more.

    My feeling is that the lyrics discuss the world ending back in rasputins time and the boy being left looking at the place it once was

    "I was standing staring at the world
    And I can't see it"
    the painkilleron April 23, 2009   Link

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