"Swollen and Halo" as written by and John Dyer Jr. Baizley Allen Sean Blickle....
The steel that sleeps the eye
Needs nor tax nor toll
The kings with men might lie
Swollen and halo'd

Her sweetest skin burns

Now I've buried all the gold beneath my hide
Now I'll swallow breath with blood

Of pole and anchor
Of stone and miter
Of god and beast and
Wine and fish and man

The virgin ground stains

Now we've wandered through the polestar's dusty floe
And my crown is breath and blood


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"Swollen and Halo" as written by John Dyer Jr. Baizley Allen Sean Blickle

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    General Commentmy guess a song about war continues from steel that sleeps the eye

    "the steel that sleeps the eye
    needs nor tax nor toll
    that kings with men might lie
    swollen and halo'd"

    grenade fragments answer to no one and even a general might lie dead just the same as a private first class

    "her sweetest skin burns"

    rpg fragment in the eye burns. the grenade is a she and the metal steel shrapnel fragments is her skin.

    "now i've buried all the gold beneath my hide
    now i'll swallow breath with blood"

    not sure of the gold beneath hide, maybe becomeing hardened to war,
    swallow breath with blood. internal blood from eye wound going down windpipe (see sober taste of the eye)

    "of pole and anchor
    of stone and mitre
    of god and beast and
    wine and piss and
    bread and fish and man"

    humans, earth, and war - not fully developed

    "the virgin ground stains"

    blood spilled grounds of war

    "now we've wandered through the polestar's dusty floe
    and my crown is breath and blood"

    made it through the desert with wounds to take back home. a crown is an achievement gained by living through a war


    But i could be way off ; )
    numberbeeeeon August 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis could be a stretch, but I get the feeling that the "now I've buried all the gold beneath my hide" line could be an oblique reference to The Outsiders, more specifically the line "stay gold, Ponyboy" which has become synonymous with youthful naivite. Maybe the song is about losing one's youthful innocence through the horror of a war injury?
    schizoidmanon August 02, 2012   Link

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