"From Finner" as written by Brynjar Leifsson, Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson, Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir, Ragnar Thorhallsson and Arni Gudjonsson....
We came here on his back
And we caught your eye
The salty ocean wind
Made the seagulls cry
The rocking of his house
Had me holding on
But I knew that I was safe
From there on out

And the waves that hit his face
Marked the past
And the the farrows on his skin
Oh, how time goes fast

And we are far from home, but we're so happy
Far from home, all alone, but we're so happy

After every sunny day
Came a stormy night
That's when Finner would say
Keep your heads held high

And we are far from home, but we're so happy
Far from home, all alone, but we're so happy

And we are far from home, but we're so happy
Far from home, all alone, but we're so happy


Lyrics submitted by TeeKayyTotally, edited by koonts

"From Finner" as written by Brynjar Leifsson, Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson, Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir, Ragnar Thorhallsson, Arni Gudjonsson

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    General CommentApparently, finner is another word for rorqual, which according to Wikipedia “are the largest group of baleen whales…[which] include the largest animal that has ever lived, the Blue Whale.” Moreover, the article mentions “Rorquals take their name from French rorqual, which itself derives from the Norwegian word røyrkval, meaning ‘furrow whale’.[2] All members of the family have a series of longitudinal folds of skin running from below the mouth back to the navel…These are understood to allow the mouth to expand immensely when feeding.”

    The song seems to use the ocean as a backdrop, so the connection to a whale is a real possibility, especially in light of the use of the word ‘furrows’ (I think the transcriber made a mistake in using the word farrows, which elsewhere I only found used to describe a litter of pigs).

    In this sense, ‘the rocking of his house’ refers to the sea itself, reinforced by all the other marine references, including ‘the salty ocean wind made the seagulls cry,’ ‘the waves that hit his face,’ and the advice to ‘keep your heads held high.’

    Along with the high seas setting, there seems to be a longing for adventure and even hardship. At times it verges on being a hymn for the pirate’s life, especially in the simplified, accordion-backed chorus.

    I find this song to be fanciful yet nostalgic and somber. When I listen to it I simultaneously yearn for a sailor’s life, reminisce of time spent vagabonding around this wide world, feel empathy for (emi-/immi-)grants, and rock out. I think it’s the best track on an amazing album.
    ehhviinon January 05, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAccording to Raggi, the male vocalist, the song is "about a whale that has a house on its back on which people travel across the ocean, exploring different places and having adventures."

    Pretty random, but cool, thing to write a song about!
    BetterOffWithoutYouon January 13, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis song, like most of the songs on the album is amazing. I love the seafaring style and you really can almost hear the slow movement of the whale and the somber happiness of the people who live on the whale's back. I love the fantastical story to the song.
    MissMissyon July 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCould use some help with these lyrics. If anyone knows what goes where the (?)s are, please let me know!
    TeeKayyTotallyon July 31, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentObviously, most songs have a deeper meaning than simply what story is being told. But from what I can gather, it's about riding on a whale's back. The song refers to "Finner" which is another name for Rorqual, referring to any of the several whales in Balaenoptera. That's a genus of different whale species.

    I'm not sure where they went or are going on this whale, but it seems like they wanted it to be known that they're far from home and so happy. Like an adventure. I'm not sure.
    megbird1691on June 12, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI know nothing of Norse Mythology, but when I heard, "We came here on His back" I imagined the first Icelanders being carried to the island on the back of Thor. I'm disappointed by the comment by ImBetterOffWithoutYou that the lyric is about a whale with a house on his back.
    Ryan85on April 11, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti wish i had the same accent as her!!!!!
    adeliaon September 13, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere is an episode of Dr. Who with a giant space whale that carries a space colony on its back. The whale saved all these people from earth when it was about to be destroyed. I know its not what the song is about but I can't listen to it without thinking of that episode.
    DHaudacityon November 05, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningA grandfather takes his two grandchildren away from their town, to live far away, by the sea. Something such as war was happening in their town. They were babies, so he carried them on his back. They left with barely any money, so they lived in a rickety house that rocked in the wind, but the girl knew that she was safe away from the war.

    Apparently the grandfather fishes to earn pay, when the lyrics say "the waves that hit his face". He's getting older and more crippled each day.

    And after each day of being carefree children, their grandfather would return and the children would begin to notice how old he was getting, worrying them - the "stormy nights". But their grandfather - Finner - tells them not to worry.
    zhanat1151on December 26, 2013   Link

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