We got up early,
Washed our faces,
Walked the fields
Put up crosses.
Passed through
The damned mountains,
Went hellwards,
And some of us returned,
And some of us did not.

In the fields and in the forests,
Under the moon and under the sun
Another summer has passed before us,
And not one man has,
And not one woman has
Revealed the secrets of this world.

So our young men hid
With guns, in the dirt
And in the dark places.
Our young men hid with guns,
In the dirt in the dark
Our young men hid
With guns, in the forest
And in the dark places.

And not one man has,
And not one woman has
Revealed the secrets of this world.
And in the dark places.



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"In the Dark Places" as written by Polly / Harvey

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    General Comment:Just thought I'd start the ball rolling. It seems fairly straightforward here - there isn't too many metaphors or symbolism. She's saying it straight - imagine getting up in the morning as a soldier. Wash your face. Put up crosses for your fallen comrades. Then go back to war again. Fairly heavy thoughts. Maybe we could guess at what she means by
    "not one man has
    and not one woman has
    revealed the secrets of the world"

    I think the most revealing thing on this album is that she doesn't really relent, an intense album with this the most intense song i think.
    blue412on November 20, 2011   Link
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    General Comment:Ok - I'm still thinking about this song.

    IMO the first verse must be from the point of view of the soldiers (surely?). I suppose one of the few descriptive phases she uses in the song is the expression "damned mountains"? So why are they damned? Because they are cold and high? Because they are not alive?

    Emphasis on nature but without glorification is significant too although I'm not sure exactly how. Maybe the sun and the moon are just the passing of time, since the soldier died. Is summer passing before us a young man who passes before the autumn years?

    "In the fields and in the forests,
    Under the moon and under the sun
    Another summer has passed before us"

    I also though that maybe the repetition of the same line (almost) three times from slightly different angles might be from those who betrayed the young men (like Jesus).
    e.g. their country, their lover, society, their commanding officers? Is young men a euphemism for children?

    Also, does the "so" at the beginning of the sentence "so our young men hid" verse mean that the young men hiding with guns somehow "caused" by the revelation (or non revelation) of the secrets of the world?
    blue412on March 26, 2013   Link

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