February eighth, 1878
South of Trout Creek, and west of Cedar Lake
On a winding mountain trail of the North Pacific Union Rail
The snow arrived on time, the circus train was running late
RIP spots past and all the knuckles worn,
Firebox bursting to the running boards
A pounding in his chest, crushing like a cider press
The hogger rode the throttle ‘round the bender like a flank-strapped horse,
as Elephant addressed the frightened animal car:
“Let’s return now to the dust as the dust we are;
tonight, our bridal fate, the hour’s come to consummate!”
And drove her massive body like a truck into the iron bars
Limestone thrown from out the hopper’s back
Ashcat tossed against the diamond stack
from cradle to caboose, the frozen bolts broke loose,
sent that cage spinning like a dreidel off the icy tracks

Run on, Rabbit, run!
Before the East sky wakes the sun!
Sails set to the dreadful cold,
Until your anchor-heart take hold
Run on, Fox and Bear!
From this dismal dream’s despair!
Cast thoughts to the open ocean of air
'Till your thread catch somewhere

“Mother, please come along!" they cried,
but Elephant remained inside
“My tusks are dull, my eyes, half-blind,
too old to run, too big to hide,
and have neither friend nor enemy,
nor that phantom, ‘self’-identity
nor concern for what ‘they’ll’ do to ‘me’
now, my children, run free!”

But Tiger, why sit still,
As the officers climb the hill?
What stars cast down their spears,
cooled your fire with their tears?

TIGER:
“Gone that siren’s sound,
it’s a silence now pours down
Gone, my next of kin,
all once without now lives within”

FOX & RABBIT:
“Topiary Tiger, once burned bright
save your tales of gnostic sight
take heed on this auspicious night!
Topiary Tiger, once burned bright”


Lyrics submitted by Waltronnn, edited by MarcoPoloShirt

February 1878 song meanings
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  • +6
    General Commentif this song is any sort of an indication, I like the sound they're going with on this album. It harkens back to the days of Brother, Sister. Also, the William Blake reference is quite fitting...

    William Blake - The Tyger

    Tyger, Tyger, burning bright
    In the forests of the night,
    What immortal hand or eye
    Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

    In what distant deeps or skies
    Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
    On what wings dare he aspire?
    What the hand dare seize the fire?

    And what shoulder, & what art,
    Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
    And when thy heart began to beat,
    What dread hand? & what dread feet?

    What the hammer? what the chain?
    In what furnace was thy brain?
    What the anvil? what dread grasp
    Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

    When the stars threw down their spears
    And water'd heaven with their tears,
    Did he smile his work to see?
    Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

    Tyger, Tyger, burning bright
    In the forests of the night,
    What immortal hand or eye
    Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
    SirGregoryon April 07, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI think that the Elephant in this song is a sort of Christ figure. She causes the train car to crash off the icy tracks by slamming her body into the side of the car, knowing she was unable to escape while the other animals can, providing an escape from their cages and the train while she is left to die in the wreckage.
    instantwinneron April 19, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAaron Weiss is one of the most underrated poets of XXI century!
    I also love the subtle reference to January 1979
    oscaraceron April 09, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt seems to me there are some pretty strong parallels to the story of Casey Jones and Ole 382 as well.

    Read the story of Casey Jones' death:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    TheRevoltingColouron May 04, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"We’ll return now to the dust, for the dust we are!"
    Genesis 3:19/Ecclesiastes 3:20?
    mroldan1993on April 07, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the 2nd to last line is "save me from this auspicious night". and the line before it is different too. It's tough to tell with Aaron's lyrics though, because he's so careful with his words.
    manwell86on April 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch an intriguing song, I love the mixture of both singing and the older shouting. I love how you got the lyrics so soon after the song was released, so good job on that.

    On a not, regarding the rest of the album. I have seen a few youtube videos of some new songs and they aren't all like this. The only other "hard" song Iv'e heard was "Fox's Dream."

    On Amazon they had clips of all the songs and they were all great, but not as heavy. It seemed like a mixture between the Instrumentals of Foxes with the singing of It's All Crazy. Nonetheless, I'm preordering the crap out of the deluxe vinyl.
    dralexon April 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo was a tiger unable to escape at the end? Can't quite figure what's happening there.
    iquitmysceneon May 01, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionFebruary 8th, 1878
    South of Trout Creek, west of Cedar Lake
    On a winding mountain trail of the North Pacific Union Rail
    The snow arrived on time, the circus train was running late
    Rip spot’s past and all the knuckles worn,
    Firebox bursting to the running boards
    A pounding in his chest, crushing like a cider press
    The hogger rode the throttle ‘round the bender like a flank-strapped horse

    ELEPHANT [addressing the frightened animal car]:

    “Let’s return now to the dust as the dust we are;
    tonight, our bridal fate, the hour’s come to consummate!”
    And drove her massive body like a truck into the iron bars
    Limestone thrown from out the hopper’s back
    Ash Cat tossed against the diamond stack
    from cradle to caboose, the frozen bolts broke loose,
    sent that cage spinning like a dreidel off the icy tracks

    Run on, Rabbit, run!
    Before the East sky wakes the sun!
    Sails set to the dreadful cold,
    Until your anchor-heart takes hold
    Run on, Fox & Bear,
    From this dismal dream’s despair!
    Cast thoughts to in the open ocean of air
    Until your thread catch somewhere

    ANIMALS: “Mother, please come along!”
    ELEPHANT [from inside her cage]:

    “My tusks are dull, my eyes, half-blind,
    too old to run, too big to hide,
    and have neither friend nor enemy,
    nor that phantom, ‘self’-identity
    nor concern for what ‘they’ll’ do to ‘me’
    now, my children, run free!”

    But Tiger, why sit still,
    As the officers climb the hill?
    What stars cast down their spears,
    cooled your fire with their tears?

    TIGER: “Gone that siren’s sound,
    it’s a silence now pours down
    Gone, my next of kin,
    and all once without now lives within”

    FOX & RABBIT: “Topiary Tiger, once burned bright
    save your tales of gnostic sight
    and take heed on this (most) auspicious night!
    Topiary Tiger, once burned bright”
    MusicSoul0889on May 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEnglish's not my native language. Please, can some one explain to me this line:

    >>>Rip spot’s past and all the knuckles worn

    what is Rip spot?
    yagtdon May 14, 2012   Link

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