He draws near the periphery
In disbelief on delivery
Came child from the deep inferno
Crusty head of dead volcano
Heartless crow with brittle beak
Wooden leg too shocked to speak
Lilac dust of a woman's hair
A wooden cross a paper prayer
A stone where her body lay
A stack of feathers a pile of hay
A mushroom for an eyeball
A mustache from the snow fall
Worms weave a ring where fairies square dance
Queens and kings, fairies weave wigs with eyelash
Trance music makes the fairies dance

From the caves of snail shells
Echoes the mutter medieval spells
Mystery flows her wicked river
Of thorn and blade and silver sliver
Bending 'round the clover fields
Their sapling stems don't break but yield
Her pain inflicts no arguments
Must learn to sway and un-arrange
As earth she makes her final passage
After humans long have ravaged

Vanished with all maps for motion
Upward angels last devotion
One by one escort us home
To leave the elementals free to roam
To bathe in the last of ocean's foam
To beach comb the nuclear debris
Our plastic toys and our metal trees
On the perfect day you'll find the breeze
Once blew the pollen the feet of bees
Now cry the stars when upon the earth
Their gaze might rest a nostalgic burst
A lament be heard through all the cosmos
Of the dying planet with fallen foes


Lyrics submitted by mexicanpony, edited by mappymold, punch

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  • +4
    General CommentI bought the CD today and I checked out the lyrics. This is what they are:

    He draws near the periphery
    in disbelief on delivery
    came child from the deep inferno
    crusty head of dead volcano
    heartless crow with brittle beak
    wooden leg too shocked to speak
    lilac dust of a woman's hair
    a wooden cross a paper prayer
    a stone where her body lay
    a stack of feathers a pile of hay
    a mushroom for an eyeball
    a mustache from the snowfall
    worms weave a ring where fairies square dance
    queens and kings, fairies weave wigs with eyelash
    trance music makes the fairies dance
    from the caves of snail shells
    echoes the mutter medieval spells
    mystery flows her wicked river
    of thorn and blade and silver sliver
    bending round the clover fields
    their sapling stems don't break but yield
    her pain inflicts no arguments
    must learn to sway and un arrange
    as earth she makes her final passage
    after humans long have ravaged
    vanished with all maps for motion
    upward angels last devotion
    one by one escort us home
    to leave the elementals free to roam
    to bathe in the last of ocean's foam
    to beach comb the nuclear debris
    our plastic toys and our metal trees
    on the perfect day you'll find the breeze
    once blew the pollen the feet of bees
    now cry the stars when upon the earth
    their gaze might rest a nostalgic burst
    a lament be heard through all the cosmos
    of the dying planet with fallen foes
    tbeavon June 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionLyric correction:

    As earth she makes her final passage
    After humans long have ravaged

    Pretty certain that's right.
    Okiepurebloodon April 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is such a beautiful song. the whole album is amazingggg.
    i think it's about like the end of the world/the end of humanity, that's what i get from it anyway.

    check out this live version it's perfect <3
    youtube.com/…
    ailuridaeon May 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyoutube.com/…

    im excited to see the recorded version of the song :D
    mementomorieon March 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHeartless coward, bird of beak
    When life's too short to speak

    Sounds like:

    Heartless cold, brittle beak.
    When life's too shocked to speak

    That's what I'm hearing.
    catharinatwiceon May 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLilac dust of womens hair

    I love Cocorosie so much, i saw these wonderful ladies a few years back, and can't wait to see them next month in Portland Oregon. My dreams are always filled with their words.
    ghostcloudfreedomrideron May 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionThis is what I hear:

    He draws near the periphery
    In disbelief and delivery
    Came child from the deep inferno
    Crusty head of dead volcano
    Heartless coward, brittle beak
    When life's too short to speak
    Lilac dust of a woman's hair
    Wind cross the paper prayer
    A strong will her body lay
    A stack of feathers, a pile of hay
    A mushroom for an eyeball
    A mustache from the snowfall
    Worms weave a ring where fairies square dance
    Queens and kings fairies weave works with eyelash
    Trance music make the fairies dance
    From the cage of snail shells
    Of course their mother made evil spells
    Mystery flows through a wicked river
    Of thorn and blade and silver sliver
    Bending around the clover fields
    Their sapling stems don't break but heal
    Her pain inflicts no arguments must
    Learn to sway and unarrange
    As earth, she makes her final passage
    After humans long have ravaged

    Vanished with all maps for motion
    Upward angels last devotion
    One by one escort us home
    To leave the elementals free to roam
    To bathe in the last of oceans foam
    To beach comb
    The nuclear debris of plastic toys
    And a meadow trees on the perfect day
    You'll find the breeze once
    Blew the pollen to feed the bees
    Now cried the stars when upon the earth
    Their gaze might rush, their nostalgia burst
    Elements be heard through all the cosmos
    For the dying planet with fallen foes

    I'm sure that this isn't 100% accurate. As with most CocoRosie songs, the lyrics are both abstract and hard to decipher.
    ThatGouletKidon June 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment does anyone know the lyrics that Sierra is singing ?
    emmapon January 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure Sierra sings either "don't hurt me" or "don't hate me", probably the former.
    punchon July 25, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI'm really not sure how it took me this long to figure out what the last verse meant, but here's what I've got thus far....


    Vanished with all maps for motion
    Upward angels last devotion
    One by one escort us home

    (The first three lines of the last verse were put there to symbolize the human race in its entirety being killed off).

    To leave the elementals free to roam
    To bathe in the last of ocean's foam
    (After a nuclear explosive has done its damage, it continues to do more damage as it creates an uninhabitable area due to radiation and such (hint: elementals free to roam). Although I may be extremely off on the second line, I feel as if it may be describing a tidal wave that was brought on by the nuclear blast?)

    To beach comb the nuclear debris
    Our plastic toys and our metal trees

    (These two lines give off a strong sense of symbolism. Plastic toys and metal trees were once used back during the age of Nuclear testing in the test sites themselves to make the housing locations look more "realistic." Beach combing the nuclear debris is pretty straight forward).

    On the perfect day you'll find the breeze
    Once blew the pollen the feet of bees

    (I feel like they may have been describing the way it feels to die with the first line. Right before we pass on, our bodies release a chemical called DMT which actually gives off a calming sensation (this is where the "white light" that people describe when dying comes from)).

    Now cry the stars when upon the earth
    Their gaze might rest a nostalgic burst
    A lament be heard through all the cosmos
    Of the dying planet with fallen foes

    (The last four lines are also pretty self-explanatory as they describe the sorrow and mourn felt from the rest of the Universe to see that Earth has fallen (lament being heard through all the cosmos)).

    It's VERY possible that I'm as far from the actual meaning as can be, but for some reason I really feel like Ailuridae hit the nail on the head with his/her thoughts on the song being about the end of humanity.
    Lespaulsmithon September 09, 2013   Link

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