"The Queen's Rebuke/The Crossing" as written by and Colin Meloy....
The Queen
I'm made of bones of the branches the boughs and the bough beating light
Well my feet are the trunks, my head is the canopy
And my fingers extend to the leaves in the eves

And a bright, brighter shine
It's my shine

And he
Was a baby abandoned
Entombed in a cradle of clay
And I was a soul who took pity and stole him away
And gave him the form of a faun to inhabit

And a day, brightest day
It's my day

And you
Have removed this temptation that's troubled my innocent child
To abduct and abuse
And to render ? and defiled
But the river is deep to the base of the water

And I
I will fly you
To the far side


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"The Queen's Rebuke/The Crossing" as written by Colin Meloy

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  • +3
    General CommentI really disagree with the theory that William is Isaiah resurrected. If that was the case, I don't think Isaiah's soul would come back to haunt/escort The Rake to the afterlife in The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!).
    chapstickaddicton May 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThat is so cool about William possibly being a resurrected Isaiah! Ah, man. It's also interesting to think, that, if that's true, an additional reason for the Forest Queen to help the Rake is to 'repay' him for 'giving her her son'...

    Anyway, it's the song of the slightly crazy mother figure that wants her son all to herself...

    Question though: Is she literally a tree, or does she have a human form, or is it all a metaphor?

    Oh, and isn't it kind of funny she says 'Brightest shine, it's my shine', and she [Shara Worden] is in a band called My Brightest Diamond?
    mister care-too-muchon April 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My Opinion...Okay, so I know we're focusing a lot on the meaning of this song, but I've gotta go off topic and ignore that for a second...going by just the melody and its use of escalating riffs and tempo changes, I find this song intoxicatingly sexy for some reason. Does anyone else have that reaction when listening to the actual music or am I just really strange?
    Koalafaceon August 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhile sedition's idea is commendable, I don't believe that William is Isiah.

    The timeline seems all wrong, if Isiah was able to fight the rake, he must have been at least a preteen, or even a young man.

    I believe that this song is the key to the entire story. First: the queen talks of herself with "bones of branches" and "feet are trunks" a canopy. This leads me to think that she's more than just a queen elf or whatnot, but rather the human form of the entire forest that the story takes place in.

    Which brings me to my theory of William: there wass never a human baby. Rather, william is a SEED; an infant TREE. The queen is his actual mother, rather than his adoptive mother. She saw him, unable to grow due to being surrounded (entombed) by Clay rather than soil, took pity, and chose to give him an animal form. In "the Wanting comes in waves/repaid", the queen says that she gave him "motion" - an animal/human form.

    In The Hazard of Love 4 (Drowned), there is a lyric that says "a forest's son/a river's daughter". I think that means that Margaret is in fact a daughter of the Annan Water, and both the Queen and Annan Water are trying to keep them apart. This also gives the song 'The Wanting Comes in Waves" new meaning: the wave is a literal wave of water: Margaret.

    After the rake abducted Margaret, she queen game him the ability to cross the River so that William would be unable to resue margaret
    Thereby removing the object of his desires.

    I also think that the entire Hazards of Love story makes more sense if you take a step back and consider it from a Meta point of view: as a kind of play or musical. The entire story is very Shakespearean, and if you consider the characters from the point of view as plaayers on a stage, some of the odd bits start making sense: the reason all the characters are human, for example, is because it's impossible to have singing and dancing trees and water.

    That's what I think anyway, feel free to prove me laughably wrong
    TheRealCJon October 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've seen several interpretations that Margaret was the daughter of Annan Water "A forest's son/A river's daughter". But it makes me think why any parent (be them a body of water or not) would destroy their own children and their significant other. Because after William rescues Margaret, the boat sinks and they drown. Not the best parental figure, methinks.
    OrigamiButterflyon January 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSuch possessive passion for her son... and the emotion and anger that she brings forth in this song. I could listen to it forever....

    The Decemberists + Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond= One of the best collaborations yet.
    avataraeraon February 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the Forest Queen's song after Margaret has been kidnapped by the Rake. She doesn't want her adopted son to leave the forest or obsess over his lover, so she uses her powers to help the Rake and his victim to the other side of an uncrossable river (Annan Water) to get Margaret out of the way. Beautiful vocals, and explains the hero's origin and shapeshifting.

    Also, I'm fairly sure it's "cradle of clay" and "I will fly YOU [the Rake] to the far side."
    Aixsponsaon March 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWoa! I just caught the bit about turning him into a fawn 'by day' so he is a man at night. A typical curse : ) ya know, like Ladyhawk!
    brelansmamaon March 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI the line as "But the river is deep to the banks and the river is wild", but I'm not 100% sure
    reagankon March 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYep.. it is "banks" not "bends"
    jfoxxon March 23, 2009   Link

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