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A backwards march
My back against meadows of fear
Where it all began
And there's a hunt, for they seek the whom
And the purest of hearts let their spirits be consumed

There's a new world laid at your feet
We build an army from nothing
We raise our children to the beat it's comforting pounding

A forward talk
Solely against old ways and means
We're not like them, nesu
I'm on a hunt to find the cure
And before I depart into the deepest blue

Behind all insecurity, there is a wall of assurance
She is her own worst enemy
She fights her battles for no one
There's a new world laid at your feet
We build an army from nothing
We raise our children to the beat of its comforting pounding love

Let it sink in for a new beginning
You know better now
Water fills her lungs and she's inhaling
You feel better now
Underneath the stars her body sinking
You do better now
A heavy sigh then not a sound

We have no lives to sacrifice
She makes us sing, dampens the cries
If there's a want for something new
You might find me at the start or where it ends for you


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  • +5
    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
  • +2
    General Commenthere's my second go after spending every minute of July with this bleedin tune in my ears

    A backwords march
    my back against
    meadows of fear
    where it all began
    and there's a hunt
    for they seek the whom
    and the purest of hearts
    let their spirits be consumed

    there's a new world laid at your feet
    we build an army from nothing
    we raise our children to the beat
    of it's comforting pounding love

    a forward talk
    solely against
    old ways and means
    we're not like them, as you
    I'm on a hunt to find the cure
    and before I depart into the deepest blue

    behind all insecurity
    there is a wall of assurance
    she is her own worst enemy
    she fights her battles for no one
    There's a new world.....

    Let us sing here for a new beginning
    you know better now
    water fills her lungs as she's inhaling
    you feel better now
    underneath the stars her body sinking
    you do better now
    a heavy sigh then not a sound

    we have no lives to sacrify
    the nature sings
    dampens the cries
    if there's a want for something new
    you might find me at the start
    or where it ends for you
    whiza1pon August 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song and lyrics are just amazing. Thank you for uploading them so fast :)
    eawytkon July 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks for lyrics

    I think it might be "there's a new world laid at your feet, we build an army from nothing". I also hear in the chorus "water fills her lungs and she's inhaling".

    whiza1pon July 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI hear it as "every silent naught we sound". Also, "Throw my body at the sky, where the angels look"
    baronvonbadguyon July 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI lied. It sounds like "The air is silent, not a sound".
    baronvonbadguyon July 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it says "water fills her lungs and she's in heaven"
    twaitson July 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother shot at it!


    A backwords march, now back again
    ........? fear, where it all began
    And there's a hunt for they seek the whom
    And the purest of hearts
    .........?

    There's a new world laid at your feet
    we build an army from nothing
    we raise our children to the beat
    of it's comforting pounding love (or bounding)
    whiza1pon July 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI also hear

    a backwords march my back against meadows of fear where it all began
    and there's a hunt for they seek the whom and the purest of hearts let their spirits be consumed

    :>S
    lornesson August 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionConsidering the 20101104 video, instead of "you walked my life, you took it back" which makes no sense, I hear "I am the wife you sacrificed"
    owlangon November 04, 2010   Link

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