"The Wild Hunt" as written by and Kristian Matsson....
There is a crow moon comin' in well you keep looking out
It is the hollow month of march now sweeping in
Lets watch phenomenon's that rise out of the darkness now
Within the light she is my storming heroin
And old machine's abandoned by the ancient racists and
I hear them hummin' down below and hollow earth
Oh hell I guess I know no while I will go under to
But just for now I let the spring and storm return

I left my heart to the wild hunt a-comin'
I live until the call
And I plan to be forgotten when I'm gone
Yes I'll be leavin' in the fall

And I will sleep out in the glade just by the giant tree
Just to be closer when my spirit's pulled away
I left a nervous little boy out on the trail today
He's just a mortal to the shoutin' cavalcade

I left my heart to the wild hunt a-comin'
I live until the call
And I plan to be forgotten when I'm gone
Yes I'll be leavin' in the fall

Let's open up the windows have Satan departin' now
And we'll be even when the blues fall down like hail
Hell I don't even care no more about cadejo now
If he's a white one or a black one on the trail

I left my heart to the wild hunt a-comin'
I live until the call
And I plan to be forgotten when I'm gone
Yes I'll be leavin' in the fall

Yes I'll be leavin' in the fall


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"The Wild Hunt" as written by Kristian Matsson

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  • +5
    General Commenti think this song relates a to the singer's nihilistic view of life, which isn't a unique theme to some of his other songs.

    the first two verses seem to set up the rest of the song, the way the rest is going to relate to mythology. the Crow Moon is coming. Spring is starting to arrive. to a person he says "well, you keep looking out" (looking forward to Spring coming), but he is establishing the symbolism for the rest of the song by preferring to "watch phenomenons that rise out of the darkness" and the "machines of the ancient races."

    i say 'nihilistic' because i think suicide is too strong of a message when it's being veiled in something so vague and dreamlike as mythology. though 'apathetic' is too weak a word to use since he's referring to tales and creatures all related to death.

    the author's darkness comes across strongest in his bridge. he leaves his heart (emotions) to the Wild Hunt that's coming. he'll allow them the capture it/him. the Wild Hunt being the myth that huntsmen riding just over the ground might catch you and take you from the earth to join their pack. i just don't quite get why he's so certain that he's leaving in the Fall, because none of the myths he mentions have any definite time that they appear. maybe something to do with the whole Spring/life and Fall/death symbols.

    "sleep out in the glade...to be closer when my spirit's pulled away." i don't think this is any sort of return to nature, but a reference to the Wild Hunt again. the huntsmen travel just off the ground, so the
    author is just staying there not only so he can be seen (because he's by the giant tree) but just to speed up the whole process--not that he's in any particular hurry, but drawing out the event by pretending to cover would be pointless.

    "left a nervous little boy out on the trail today..". "trail" is always some path of self-discovery, so i guess the author was somewhat apprehensive about the decision beforehand but grew committed to his decision along the way. it was a walk of transcendence, because he was "just a mortal" when he first left, so if he was a mortal as a boy (ignorance) to begin with, then he is something much more now; something above mere life-and-death humanity that worries about trivialities such as the Spring season bringing new life and rebirth.

    "have Satan departing now and be even when the blues fall down like hail" is more nihilism in the way that good and bad break even. same goes for him being forgotten when he's gone. Cadejo is Latin American. seeing white cadejo foreshadows good fortune, while black cadejo can mean the straight-up devil or death or bad times a'comin.


    what a breath of fresh air this author/singer is. most music is completely vapid and meaningless, but him you actually have to go and do some research to gather the meaning, all wrapped up in what is just a plain old great tune. Keats with a guitar!
    game05on February 27, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt should be races not racists. Every lyric website has this wrong.
    aonairon April 17, 2012   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionIt's "And old machines abandoned by the ancient races stand / I hear them hummin' down below in hollow earth."
    phthoggoson April 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSomehow, the lines

    "I left my heart to the wild hunt a-comin
    I live until the call
    And I plan to be forgotten when I'm gone
    Yes I'll be leavin' in the fall"

    remind me of the movie "Into the Wild".
    Fuscianteon February 25, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think its about hircine's daedric quest in oblivion
    ziggyleclairon August 25, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm curious of the lyric in the first verse, "Within the light she is my storming heroin"

    I wonder if instead of the drug, he's using the homophone "heroine," as in a female hero. I think it might make a bit more sense given the Wild Hunt has roots in Norse mythology and that it's not just a unexplained drug reference.

    Just curious if anyone else thinks this is a possibility
    jazzbassist1on February 03, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just can't understand why he put this into lyrics
    "And I plan to be forgotten when I'm gone
    Yes I'll be leavin' in the fall".
    Why would anyone plan to be forgotten when he die unless he is depressive,
    disappointed in humanity or idk...
    dovla8991on December 21, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song. Can't pick a favorite on the new album as I like them all.

    The one lyric missing one of the words should be, "If he's a wild one or a black one on the trail."



    steelpulseon March 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationi think the song is about a worm, someone interpret this 1 pls 4 me
    mattskeetoon April 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel like this song is one giant riddle. And I can't figure it out. I've been thinking maybe its Life? Or the mother earth/nature?

    The crow moon is considered by the Native Americans the last full moon of March (according to the Farmer's Almanac). This typically signifies the end of winter and thawing of the earth as the temperatures rise. So then maybe the phenomenon's being brought out in the darkness is the grass , and plants, etc. Spurred on by the heroine "light." And then the spring and storms are obvious.

    I just can't seem to make this connection with the rest of the stanzas other than its very season oriented with "him" leaving in the Fall. Nor have I been able to connect it to the hunt.

    Anybody think I'm headed in the right direction?
    allmyliesareonlywisheson April 21, 2010   Link

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