I was lost but now I am found.
A line was crossed, a vessel run aground.
The boy has gone, let's grieve and let him go.
He left at dawn, but it's a new day don't you know?

In the company of wolves I sat in silence
observant and afraid

He was there with the eyes like glowing embers
the man you see was made.

I was low but now I am high.
It helps to know serenity from ennui.
Something's wrong, something's wrong, when it all remains the same.
So face the fire, come into your name.

In the company of wolves I sat in silence, observant and afraid.
He was there with the eyes like glowing embers, the man you see was made.

Even I can't recall how many days I have been out there
For when all those lights cease to shine, it was a lie I think for the first time.
Infinity it falls, in feathery folds but she bites like loveless eyes, and with her belly full she called this rite of passage, it was the longest night of my life.

Say it was the longest night of my life.


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  • +3
    My InterpretationThis song seems to me to be about growing up in a malicious, collectivist society where being able to think for yourself is quietly discouraged.

    The first two verses contrast his youthful anger and confusion (S.C.I.E.N.C.E.) with finally understanding his place and knowing who he must be (If Not Now, When?). In the second verse, he also encourages us to do the same. The problem is that we aren't doing anything about the problem. "Something's wrong when it all remains the same...face the fire, come into your name." We aren't meant to sit by as freedom dies, yet that is what we are doing. It's time to stand up and take your rightful place against those who wish to own you.

    The chorus describes his past, being perhaps a young adult, recognizing the malice around him but being afraid to draw attention to his distaste for it. Eventually he is discovered and there is no turning back.

    The rite of passage is the time between being one of the crowd and coming to grips with the burden and solitude of enlightened. He doesn't know exactly when it happened, but at some point he awakened to the darkness and was alive (think Vitamin) and "[thought] for the first time." Time gently slips by, then when he finally emerges from the darkness, he realizes that 10 years or more have passed. Time passes slowly, but waits for no one.

    I think it is very important to put this song in context with previous albums and songs such as Defiance, Thieves, Adolescents, and Tomorrow's Food. Personally, I am thrilled to see this stripe shining as bright as ever!

    I agree with most of BroMontana's lyrics, though I would say, "He was there with their eyes like glowing embers," rather than "It was there," as I think he is describing himself / the man. I also agree that it is "I was alive" and the bit about "ennui" seems right, too, just Americanized French to fit the rhyme and reason...
    tristanoon July 05, 2011   Link
  • +3
    Lyric CorrectionTotally awesome song, but these are the correct lyrics (per the CD's book):

    IN THE COMPANY OF WOLVES

    I was lost but now I am found.
    The line was crossed, vessel run aground.
    The boy is gone, let's grieve and let him go
    He left at dawn. But it's a new day, don't ya know?

    In the company of wolves
    I sat in silence
    observant and afraid.
    It was there
    with their eyes like glowing embers,
    the man you see was made.

    I was low but now I am high.
    It helps to know serenity from ennui.
    Something's wrong, something's wrong when it all remains the same.
    So face the fire and come into your name.

    In the company of wolves
    I sat in silence
    observant and afraid.
    It was there
    with their eyes like glowing embers,
    the man you see was made.

    Even I can't recall how many days I had been out there for
    but when Aurora's lights ceased to shine
    I was alive, I think, for the first time.
    Infinity it falls in feathery folds but she bites
    like loveless ice
    And with her belly full, she culled this Rite of Passage
    It was the longest night of my life.

    Even I can't recall how many days I had been out there for
    but when Aurora's lights ceased to shine
    I was alive, I think, for the first time.
    Infinity it falls in feathery folds but she bites
    like loveless ice
    And with her belly full, she culled this Rite of Passage
    It was the longest night of my life.
    revelationinviewon July 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBrandon just said in the HQ that this song in a nutshell is about "a rite of passage"
    spenceriscoolon July 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNo doubt everyone's perception of "art" can vary. But, the "artist" themselves
    create out of one viewpoint. Their very own experiences. In this case, it may not
    be bold but there may be a reason. Let's take a look at the song and video "Runaway
    Train" for example.

    In the beginning he mentions the "love triangle" he, "future" and "calamity" are
    in. At this moment in the video, Brandon shows us the two horned male drawings,
    which are the same person and himself presenting them. Triangle - Brandon (future),
    Brandon (calamity) and Brandon (himself) "in the corner starting to feel
    uncomfortable".

    Now he is asking if he should stop or continue with this love triangle. "douse the
    spark or fan the flames". Here's where it gets interesting. Brandon has been trying
    to communicate with us something that he shouldn't be talking about. So he has to
    "merely think of clever things to say".

    An addiction can bring about the word "love" to express how much one likes what
    they experience from it, whether good or bad. Breaking away from what you love is
    not easy. So now we have Brandon telling us how he has tried more than once to
    break away from this love triangle. But each attempt has brought him back to the
    uncomfortable corner. "the more I try to seperate, the better it feels to get right
    in the way. At this moment in the video, when he says "the better it feels to get
    right in the way", you see a male figure in a suit opening a treasure chest.

    In the second verse, Brandon keeps finding himself back in the love triangle, it's
    because "THEY have a talent for making trouble seem enjoyable." Who are "they"?
    Could be the entertainment industry hence the man in the suit flashing treasures
    and gifts.

    Here's a clever thing. In the video at 2:00, when he says, "Oh how I do love the
    RAIN.", you will see the suited man flashing objects which symbolize gifts. Brandon
    loves being SHOWERED with gifts! Even though it seems to get him in trouble.

    The horns are symbolic. You see the horns in the video "Last Night A Passenger" as
    well, with the female demons around him. "with HER belly full she culled..". Female
    demons because in Paganism, the female goddess is the one in control. Just like
    chess, in which you win when you beat the QUEEN. His fate lies in the belly of the
    "beast"/ "hell". Most of Brandon's songs are about his experiences as a Pagan.

    "our intuit we're taught to deny, yes our soul we're told's for selling!" -Out from
    Under

    Maybe the simplistic lyrics of his solo album and the videos is the line he crossed
    being the reason why he never performs any of the songs besides this one and it was
    only once in 2010 in Chile in a benefit for the trapped miners.

    He's not the only Pagan "artist" out there.
    se7en11on May 18, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf you read the meaning and importance of wolves in Pagan and Wiccan belief systems, you will be able to understand more where Brandon Boyd is coming from. Like se7en11, I also believe that this song is about his Pagan and Wiccan experiences. Also, Boyd's writing style is geared more towards the use of symbols rather than metaphors (ex. Ana Molly, Hilikus). This is obvious even in his music videos. So, whenever I analyze his songs, I take out the symbols and look for what they represent.

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    crookedcaton May 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentepic track . pink floyd like. the middle part to the end of the song is f$%kin awesome :)
    StarChild69on May 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was lost, but now I am found
    A line was crossed, vessel run aground
    The boy is gone, let's grieve and let him go
    He left at dawn, but it's a new day, don't ya know?

    In the company of wolves I sat in silence
    Observant and afraid
    It was there, with their eyes like glowing embers
    the man you see was made


    I was low, but now I am high :)
    It helps to know serenity from any why (?)
    Something's wrong, something's wrong, when it all remains the same
    So face the fire, come into your name

    In the company of wolves I sat in silence
    Observant and afraid
    It was there, with their eyes like glowing embers
    the man you see was made

    *activates beastmode*

    Even I
    can't recall
    how many days I had been out there for
    but when Aurora's lights
    ceased to shine
    i was ally
    I think
    for the first time
    Infinity it falls
    in feathery folds
    but she bites
    like loveless eyes
    and with her belly full
    she culled this rite
    of passage
    it was the longest night of my life
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    how many days I had been out there for
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    BroMontanaon May 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHear them perform it live!!! youtube.com/…
    It's pure orgasm
    CopperSunon June 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt could be like the transition to become someone different or get something for you that will turn yourself into someone different.... life changes force us to move on, “something's wrong when it all remains the same” if we do not change we shall be culled as the worthless animal in a herd… the combination of both parts of this song is good but the last part It's it's f***ing awesome!!! it f****ing Rocks!! are we agreed??
    AlvaroBon July 07, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI do agree that the last bit is epic, it gives me goosebumps. The drum beat is just too good, i can listen to it on a loop for an hour or so if i had to.
    Raybatesmanon July 11, 2011   Link

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