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You gave me life
In return I'll torch pretend
You can watch it burn

In the ashes of your town
In the ashes of your town
We will build it back down

You gave me life
We would build it back down

In the ashes of your town
In the ashes of your town
We would build it back down


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  • +1
    General CommentWhoa.
    This is shit fast considering that the youtube video was uploaded for about 12 hours.

    Thanks thought <3.
    Ballantyneon May 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionYou gave me life
    In return I'll torch Britain
    You can watch it burn

    In the ashes of your town
    In the ashes of your town
    We will build it back down

    You gave me life
    We will build it back down

    In the ashes of your town
    In the ashes of your town
    We will build it back down

    You gave me life
    We will build it back down

    In the ashes of your town
    In the ashes of your town
    We will build it back down
    kumasmashon December 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe videos are completely random and full of nothing but random bizarre images, right? Wrong. They actually tell a story that is tied into a Arabic, African, AND European legends about something quite unexpected... Let me explain. I think I have this figured out.

    Something we should start with is looking more in depth at the continuous imagery of the white substance on Jonna Lee (the singer and woman in all of the iamamiwhoami videos), on the plants, the mud on Jonna Lee, and the constant plant references throughout all of the videos.

    So, first thing's first, what do the numbers in the first six introduction videos mean? Let's decipher them, shall we?

    699130082.451322-5.4.21.3.1.20.9.15.14.1.12:

    FIIAC**HB.DEACBB-E.D.U.C.A.T.I.O.N.A.L

    9.1.13.669321018:

    I.A.M.FFICBA*AH

    9.20.19.13.5.723378:

    I.T.S.M.E.GBCCGH

    13.1.14.4.18.1.7.15.18.1.1110:

    M.A.N.D.R.A.G.O.R.A.AAA*

    15.6.6.9.3.9.14.1.18.21.13.56155:

    O.F.F.I.C.I.N.I.R.U.M.EFAEE

    23.5.12.3.15.13.5-8.15.13.5.3383:

    W.E.L.C.O.M.E-H.O.M.E.CCHC

    Mhm. It says: "Welcome home. I am educational. It's me, Mandragora Officinirum."

    It's significant to note that one of the numbered videos spell out "mandragora" and "officinarum," otherwise known as the mandragora, or, the mandrake plant. The mandrake root, according to ancient folklore, is believed to have grown where a hanging man's semen spilled onto the ground, hence the white substance throughout the videos.

    Philip de Thaun was an Anglo-Norman who wrote a book in the first half of the 20th century. In this book "Bestiary," de Thaun, says the following about the mandrake: "It has two roots, the make of a man and a woman."

    (HA! Jonna and the mystery man!! But waittt, it gets better...) "The man who is to gather it must fly around about it; must take great care that he does not touch it - then let a dog be bound - let it be tied to it." Following these guidelines are instructions to starve the dog, then after three dogs, offer the dog some bread. Naturally, the dog will come running to the food in your hand. Then... "the dog will draw it to him; the root will break; it will send forth a cry; the dog will fall down dead." This explains the six dogs, then the following six graves/crosses in two of the introduction videos!

    (I AM AM I WHO AM I = I AM MANDRAKE. Let's continue...)

    "...if the man heard it, he would directly die - therefore, he must stop his ears and take care that he does not hear the cry. When one has the root, it is of great value for medicine, for it cures every infirmity - except only death."

    The six dogs turn up dead in the introduction videos, this is obvious at seen by the six crosses used as tombstones. I believe Jonna's character in these videos is actually one half of the root (the man being the other; in U-1, it almost seems like they are connected and unified as one) and her voice is symbolic of the mandrake's cry. The cry, as stated above, is believed to be deadly, but also a miracle plant to cure all illness (just like love and faith can be the cure for all despair and sorrow, as well as the perfect weapon to diagnose pain and agony). This is why the tags for the Youtube videos relate so much to life and death. Such examples include the following tags on the introduction videos: fetus, umbilical cord, habitat, moisture, disciple, amniotic fluid, nest, lay, mount, etc.

    Here is another paragraph I found interesting, and this imagery is in several of the iamamiwhoami videos: "A cut of the female mandrake root" ... "cases the figure of a naked woman with the plant shooting into leaf and flower from her head." (Which was blatantly seen in "N")

    Also note that mandrake superstition has been rampant through human ages. As I've said, it's associated with providing life and causing death (more often, death). Some common synonyms for the mandrake are: Satan's Apple, Mandragora, Devil's Testicles, etc. Here is another paragraph I found informative:

    "The officinarum variety is yellow-greenish; the autumnalis variety is purple. The flowers are born on separate stalks, which emerge from the centre of the leaf-rosette. They later give rise to the golden yellowish fruits, that are often referred to as 'apples', which they resemble, though their size approximates more that of a crab-apple or mirabelle. The fruit has a pleasant scent. The root can grow to over half a meter (2 feet) in length and is often strangely forked, which has given rise to anthropomorphic associations, likening their appearance to a human male or female body shape. The root has a tough brown rind but is white inside. The leaves emerge directly from the crown of the root." (Hence the crown she wears in "T") So, why is Jonna covered in black-brown while maintaining her long, blonde locks? Because her body symbolizes the root in the ground, covered in dirt, and (as stated) it has a "brown rind but is white inside."

    The white is shown in "Y" as Jonna sings in the paper house, covered in mud, and her paper dress represents the inner white inside the root. Her hair symbolizes the yellow leaves. Plain and simple. Also, in "T," Jonna is seen covered in the white substance while wearing a crown ("the leaves emerge directly from the crown of the root").

    Here is another paragraph: "Mandrake originates in the eastern Mediterranean region and is distributed throughout southern Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa, where it grows in waste places and abandoned fields in sandy and rocky, well draining soil. There is also a species that is endemic to the Himalaya. Nowadays it is cultivated in gardens north of the Alps, but doesn't naturalize there, as it needs a warm and protected setting." This is why Jonna is standing in a flower pot, surrounded by other leaves, in a greenhouse in "O." She IS the mandrake root. She needs that warm and protect setting. Get it?

    Let's address the constant use of six: six was the quantity of dogs, berries, and cats throughout the videos. Six dogs, six cats, six berries. 666, right? Well, it isn't Satanic symbolism; it's just an allusion to the devil and the end, simply because the mandrake has been called The Devil's Apple and The Devil's Testicles. The use of 666 simply signifies the end of a bond. Once you understand the mythology behind the mandrake, iamamiwhoami's videos make MUCH more sense.

    So, here's the big question: Why even use the mandrake symbolism and allusions?

    Well, the mandrake was believed to have a male and female root, right? The root belonged to one plant, one organism, one creation, one being, one idea. This can be symbolic of a love or bond that held significant meaning. However, the root was ripped from the ground and split in two. The female root shrieked, giving birth to Jonna's voice and lyrics.

    In case you haven't noticed, the lyrics are about a love / significant connection to someone or something gone horribly wrong.

    "B" is the initial love / connection.
    "O" is the sudden halt this love / connection takes.
    "U-1" is total remorse for this ending.
    "U-2" is the continued remorse.
    "N" is the insecurities brought on by this newly found independence.
    "T" is learning that one has potential by oneself, with or without this person / idea.
    "Y" is merely IAM personifying her / their hope and moving on.

    :)
    tyakon January 03, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThere are two major themes in the VIDEOS for these songs, which is childbirth and religion, namely Jesus Christ in particular. This leads me to think that it tells the story of Mary giving birth to Jesus Christ. At the same time, however, I suspect that the videos are also about the life of Jesus, including his crucifixion and resurrection.

    In the video for U-1, we see a mysterious man wearing only underwear and with pieces of tape on his face making a sort of beard and moustache walking through the forest, only to come upon a fortress made of boxes. This could be a connection to the "Fortress of your heart" in the song O. However, the pregnancy imagery is strong here, if one considers the fortress of cardboard boxes to be like the womb, and our underwear'd hero to be the baby. Let's not forget, also, that there is the lyric "you gave me life," which seems to definitely be a line spoken from an unborn child to his mother.

    There is also the state of Jonna Lee in this video, too. She is not herself, to say the least -- Instead of Jonna Lee being in this video, we are instead presented with a cardboard-and-tape doll that resembles her, mouthing the lyrics. It makes sense, however, for Jonna to be depicted as a cardboard doll here, however, because cardboard is what the baby sees as the womb he is in. And since the womb is his mother, it makes sense for his mother to be cardboard.

    Also, let's not ignore the fashion in which the "baby's" beard and moustache looks on his face -- he looks like Jesus! But more on that later.

    Then there are the lyrics: Unfortunately there's not much for me to say on these lyrics, simply because I don't fully understand them. There is some sort of structure referenced in the song that is burnt and built and built back down, and this could be a parallel to the box-fortress in the forest of the video. Unfortunately, I don't really know what else to say. U-1, from the looks of it, is not very substantial in the way of what iamamiwhoami is trying to say with these videos/songs.
    JellyfishAndMangoeson December 27, 2010   Link

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