"Isn't It a Lovely Night?" as written by and Colin Meloy....
Margaret:
Isn't a lovely night?
And so alive with fireflies providing us their holy light
And here we made a bed of boughs
And thistle down that we had found to lay upon the dewy ground

And isn't a lovely way
We got in from our play,
Isn't it babe? A sweet little baby

William:
Wasn't it a lovely breeze
That swept the leaves of arbor eaves and bent to brush our blushing knees?

Margaret and William:
And here we died our little deaths
And we were left to catch our breaths so switftly lifting from our chests?

And isn't it a lovely way we got in from our play
Isn't it babe?
A sweet little baby


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    General Comment"And here we died our little deaths
    And we were left to catch our breaths so switftly lifting from our chests?"

    I don't know if this is relevant, but if Margaret and her love are enjoying their night, as the song suggests, those lines could be about sex.
    I know that in french "le petit mort", or "the little death" is a term used to describe and orgasm and/or the period of time right after an orgasm. If that is what was meant by the lyrics, the line following would make sense too. (catching their breath after wards)
    electricrenaissanceon March 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't think the baby is ever born, but I'm fairly sure that she's singing to the baby in this song; obviously it's still in her womb.
    She's very excited about her child growing within her, and is loves it very much already.

    Strangely relevant:
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    Obviously Colin isn't oblivious to the concept of singing to an unborn baby.
    jGosperon March 22, 2009   Link
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    General Commentpretty certain it's

    "and so alight with fireflies, providing us their only light"
    annanwateron March 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMargaret singing again.

    In the forest, with the beast-guy and the baby born, she now how this sweet little twisted family. So, like any good little girl, she revels in her cute new family life. And lays down to sleep...

    It is a continued dialogue of the last song. Not really anything interesting to directly translate. The death line could have many vague interpretations.

    The Queen is, all the while, approaching in the background.
    wanderingaloudon March 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhat the heck happens to the baby throughout the rest of the story?
    kiko21on March 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTo Kiko21: I don't think that the child is actually born by the end of the album. I interpret the whole thing as occuring over little more than a day (save for the few months between HoL 1 and Margaret going back to the Taiga). After all, William only asks for one night with his love.
    CaptainSpoonon March 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone know what the harmonies are in this song between the vocals of Colin and Margaret?
    It seems like a strange interval but I really like it..
    aworldlikenootheron March 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think electricrenaissance is right. Wow, that definately explains those lines; I had been thinking maybe the baby died, but they didn't sound at all sad. And if they were having sex then I no longer think the baby was born. All the talk of the baby stirring made me think maybe it was. Also, the song before this one talks of them being naked.
    Now to figure out if anything ever happened with the baby after this... I don't think so though. Hmm...
    MollyJohnsonon March 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwhen hearing the album in order, i thought this was the song after the queen already approached, so she already killed the whole family. I thought the song didn't sound sad because they were happy it went while htey were together and happy..i dont know though
    carolinda583on March 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Mousesong. "Little Death" is another way to describe an orgasm. The baby hasn't been born yet, I don't think because I think they are singing to it as an unborn child in this song. Also, if it were born, then what happens to it when Margaret is abducted?
    kareninaon April 01, 2009   Link

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