Dressed up with my sister
I was a bat and she was a fly
Now we're a little bigger
Still we have to cry
Pine by the sea my namesake
Soon will rot away
Watch the beetles eat bark
On another day

Our mama will no longer be
On this land by the sea

I push away i beg and plea
You will no longer come with me

Tree bones will die alone
And our bones will find a home


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    General CommentThere are several versions of this song floating around, on a variety of releases from Port O'Brien. On the "official" version, from their final album, "Threadbare," the song has a lo-fi outro of Cambria singing:

    Mmhmm, mmhmm, mmhmm
    You still fluttered home with me
    SephNiteon April 23, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe line "pine by the sea my namesake". Cambria is from Cambria California, a seaside village, so she's probably talking about there. On the other hand, could be the Port O'Brien in Alaska, another namesake. Great play on words: the pine is a tree but also a term for mourning.

    Song seems to be about mourning, with her sister, the death of a mother.

    I really like the last line "Tree bones will die alone and our bones will find a home" but I'm uncertain how to interpret it. I think about dead trees without bark standing for years after their death for all to see. But our bones are buried at our death. I guess maybe she sees a dead tree, maybe that was alive when her mother was alive. Her mother, like the tree, is now dead. The tree bones are still visible, but her mother's are buried. I guess she sees those tree bones as alone, feels those of her mother have found a home -- I'm quite uncertain on this one.
    shannon_r_whiteon November 13, 2014   Link

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