And all we have
Are rags and bones
Just hold my hand
And don’t let go

‘Cause though the night is cold
We’ll carry the fire
And though there’s no way home
We’ll carry the fire

When the husks of men
Haunt the road
Just hold your breath
And hold fast hope

‘Cause though the night is cold
We’ll carry the fire
And though there’s no way home
We’ll carry the fire

We’ll carry the fire
When shadows hang
Like shrouds of lead
A light is shining
No wolven fangs
No walking dead
Shall quench its flame
In shuttered tombs
In shaking starts
A light is shining
The barren wombs
The broken hearts
Shall know its name

And though the night is cold
We’ll carry the fire
And though there’s no way home
We’ll carry the fire

And when my body’s cold
You’ll carry the fire
And when I’m finally home
You’ll carry the fire



Lyrics submitted by vaultedskies, edited by sullyap8

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    Song MeaningThis song is based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy called The Road. The novel follows the journey of a man and his son through a post-apocalyptic wasteland, as they struggle to survive while travelling south on an interstate highway.

    The song's title comes from the son's concerns with making sure they are "carrying the fire," assuring himself that he and his father are the good guys as opposed to the bad guys, who kill animals and people for food.

    The general tone of the song mirrors the tone of the book, with hope for salvation seeming ever out of reach. While the book remains ambivalent right to the end as to whether hope become sight, the bridge of the song seems to answer in the affirmative.

    The song ends as the book does, with the death of the father, leaving the son to continue carrying the fire.
    vaultedskieson May 06, 2015   Link

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