"Six Weeks" as written by Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson, Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir and Ragnar Thorhallsson....
Slow, slow me down,
Her blood, on my bones.
Let go, lay to rest.
We fall, we fall, we fall,
We fall to the ground.

Sleep, sleep all night,
While the young, they wait alone.
So get up, shake the rust.
We crawl, we crawl, we crawl,
We crawl on the ground.

Alone, I fight these animals.
Alone, until I get home.

A wolf, wolf and I,
We share the same cold meal.
I float on, float on down.
We ride, we ride, we ride
We ride it all out.

We ride, we ride, we ride
We ride it all
We ride, we ride, we ride
We ride it all
We ride, we ride, we ride
We ride it all out.

Alone, I fight these animals.
Alone, until I get home.

Alone, I fight these animals.
Alone, until I get home.

Alone, I fight these animals.
Alone, until I get home.

Alone, I fight these animals.
Alone, until I get home.

Coming back, I'm coming back.
Coming back, I'm coming back.
She follows me into the woods,
Takes me home.
She follows me into the woods,
Takes me home.

Coming back, I'm coming back.
Coming back, I'm coming back.
She follows me into the woods,
Takes me home.

Coming back, I'm coming back.
Coming back, I'm coming back.
She follows me into the woods,
Takes me home.


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"Six Weeks" as written by Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir Arnar Rosenkranz Hilmarsson

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  • +2
    General CommentMost people don't know this, but Of Monsters And Men were contracted to write the theme song for The Gray starring Liam Neeson.
    poetogethron August 05, 2012   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaningofmonstersandmen.is/

    For inspiration, they often reference random stories they’ve read. The chanting, tribal “Six Weeks” was inspired by the true tale of American frontiersman Hugh Glass, seemingly left for dead after 86ing a bear that attacked him. Explains Nanna, giggling: “I was reading a post about the six most badass guys in history.”
    GhimNoKoeon October 18, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really like this song. I think its about finding a way back to your loved one
    sirsumeron June 06, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThe song Six Weeks by Of Monsters and Men is "[...]inspired by the true tale of American frontiersman Hugh Glass, seemingly left for dead after 86ing a bear that attacked him."

    (from wikipedia)
    akarsoon October 09, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI really like Ace's interpretation.

    Slow, slow me down,
    Her blood, on my bones.
    Let go, lay to rest.
    We fall, we fall, we fall,
    We fall to the ground.


    Sleep, sleep all night,
    While the young, they wait alone.
    So get up, shake the rust.
    We crawl, we crawl, we crawl,
    We crawl on the ground.

    [This is the part that I'm iffiest on actually. I don't want to force a meaning here in order to fit my interpretation below.]

    Alone, I fight these animals.
    Alone, until I get home.

    [This is where it begins to seem clear to me. A person (could be a guy; doesn't have to be) goes through a day in the life fighting all the struggles that come with human life. There are good days, bad days, average and forgettable days; no matter the case, it takes will to march forward in life, as nothing is never "easy".]

    A wolf, wolf and I,
    We share the same cold meal.
    I float on, float on down.
    We ride, we ride, we ride
    We ride it all out.

    [Right above the singer says he fights alone. Here he says "wolf and I." But the wolf is an animal that's often symbolic of being a very solitary, but very strong and smart animal that is completely independent and successful in life. He knows he's not invincible, but is also very intelligent in that it knows what it needs to do to survive and thrive.

    The wolf and the human are the same thing in this case.

    They share the same cold meal. The "cold meal" is the important part to me here. On those bad days in life, you feel down. There's many different emotions that can lead to this feeling in the end (grief, anger, boredom, stress, etc.), but you almost always (99.99% of people do, in some way) get through it. It's a cold meal, not preferred but you will live another day.

    They proceed to "float on" and "ride it out".]

    We ride, we ride, we ride
    We ride it all
    We ride, we ride, we ride
    We ride it all
    We ride, we ride, we ride
    We ride it all out.

    [And they keep riding it out. There's a lot to face; a common theme I'm noticing in their music is the repetition of lyrics, but not all of them. They love to emphasize certain messages. More of that still to come.]

    [Repeat: x4]
    Alone, I fight these animals.
    Alone, until I get home.

    [Repeats a part from the beginning, connecting it with the previous lyrics. This time, repeating it 4 times. He has to keep fighting, until he gets home]

    Coming back, I'm coming back.
    Coming back, I'm coming back.
    She follows me into the woods,
    Takes me home.
    She follows me into the woods,
    Takes me home.

    [The new voice can either mean a new person or something more abstract, such as a thought. It can also be the same person, but acting differently now. The fighting becomes tiresome. It's time to return home and rest; it could be that new person from above that's bringing you home, or just the voice inside your head saying "enough for today."]

    [Repeat: x2]
    Coming back, I'm coming back.
    Coming back, I'm coming back.
    She follows me into the woods,
    Takes me home.

    [The parts at the beginning almost seem like make more sense at the end. But then, considering this entire thing is about the cycle of everyday living, the song can begin whenever it wants, as there is no real beginning and end in life (not even through birth and death.]

    Did I read far too into this? Probably. Doesn't make me wrong though.
    HiddenMusicon December 28, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think he is call his mind a wolf "as my head is an animal".

    Alone, I fight these animals.
    Alone, until I get home

    He has a Lover who puts his mind at ease when he gets home

    Coming back, I'm coming back.
    Coming back, I'm coming back.
    She follows me into the woods,
    Takes me home.
    She follows me into the woods,
    Takes me home.


    Coming back, I'm coming back.
    Coming back, I'm coming back.
    She follows me into the woods,
    Takes me home.

    and brings him back to reality when he need to be brought...

    I really don't know anything much, so
    AceGeracion April 18, 2013   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationI really want to say that this is about the Rape of Nanking when Japan spent six weeks raping, murdering, and causing chaos in the streets of Nanking, China.

    The singer is referring to the Japanese as animals.. since SE Asia hated Japan. The singer is retreating to animal behaviors resulting from this terrifying warfare.
    awhiteguyon December 09, 2012   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationTo me, this song symbolizes building a robot in First Robotics Competition. Six weeks is the deadline for a robot to be built.

    First verse: Let go, that means to forget my doubts and to get designing. Ditto on "Slow me down." her blood on my bones: reffering to the fact of someone doubting and staining your skeletal idea.

    Second verse: The young waiting alone reffers to the robot ideas in your head not being written down. Shake the rust means get working.

    Third verse(?): The wolf sharing the meal reffers to all the time spent working on the robot, so you eat a bag of chips and are working on the robot. We ride reffers to the fact that your working on the problems, but they take time to fix, so you ride out the long hours.

    Alone I fight these animals means that you are not in contact with civilization for a few hours, fighting glitches and doubts, as well as members of your team.

    Last verse: I'm coming back reffers to coming to your regional and world champs.
    feenyxblueon April 28, 2013   Link

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