"I Need a Forest Fire" as written by and James Blake....
(Another shade, another shadow)

To burn it like cedar
I request another dream
I need a forest fire
To burn it like cedar
I request another dream
I need a forest fire

I'm saved by nature
But it always forgets what I need
I hope you'll stop me before I build a wall around me
We need a forest fire

You're thicker than you think
You know that money bought your name
Caution, swelling, can I repay you with some blame?

To burn it like cedar
I request another dream
I need a forest fire
To burn it like cedar
I request another dream
I need a forest fire
To burn it like cedar
I request another dream
I need a forest fire

Stop
Stop before I build a wall around me


Lyrics submitted by Mellow_Harsher, edited by culdesac

"I Need a Forest Fire" as written by Justin Vernon James Blake Litherland

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    General CommentBeautiful song, the harmonies between blake and vernon are incredible. This song to me sounds like a call to God. In the Bible "Cedar" wood is often used to describe a strong and flourishing nation or a mighty fortress (i.e. The cedars of Lebanon) this ties into the lyrics "stop before I build a wall around me" and "I need a forest fire". Basically it sounds like they are saying that they have are very content with their wealth/materials/lives and that scares them. In their wealth and abundance they fear that they are losing their need/desire for God amd they want God to burn their cedars down and to stop them before they get to comfortable in their earthly lives. They want something to happen in their lives that brings them back to needing/wanting God. The lyric "Im saved by nature but it always forgets what I need" seems to be an almlst sarcastic line that shows how people who replace God with nature dont have anyone to care for them. Nature doesnt really care about what you need, God does. I am not sure how the line "youre thicker than you think" fits into my narrative, but the line "you know that money bought your name" could easily be referencing Judas selling Jesus' priceless name for "money". The line "Can I repay you with some blame" seems to be indicative of what we all do to God. When things are going good we feel self reliant, as if we didnt need him, and then when things go bad we "repay" the good thing that he gave us before with "blame". We dont awknolwedge God for the good in our lives but we blame him for the bad.

    TL;DR The writer's lives are going really well, almost too well, and they are fearful that their pride and self-reliance will take-over if God doesnt "stop" them and bring them a "forest fire" (a humbling trial of some sort)
    Stlbecker27on May 17, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe perfect song for an ex I no longer talk to.
    #FirstWorldProblems
    saison May 14, 2016   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationOne of the most introspective and powerful songs I have heard in a long time.

    This song is an expression of the torment of being a fake or shallow person. The singer is growing tired of keeping up with his own falseness. "Shade" and "shadow" is a metaphor for where he resides all the time.
    He wants to burn his false image "like cedar" and "request another dream". Cedar wood is a soft wood and it burns very hot and rapid, which signifies the urgency that he wants to be through with this particular "chapter" in his life and maybe construct another persona or move on entirely?

    "I'm saved by nature
    But it always forgets what I need
    I hope you'll stop me before I build a wall around me"

    He recognizes his natural ability to be fake and blend in but nature can't
    protect his tormented soul in this case, and that is to be real, for once.

    "You're thicker than you think
    You know that money bought your name
    Caution, swelling, can I repay you with some blame?"

    James Blake is English and being "thick" is slang for being dumb. He's acknowledging that he is dumber than he thinks he is because money has an enslaving effect on many of our choices in life, even so much so that you identify with you employer as much as you do your own name, in some cases.
    So you are being cautious and every breath you take is a deep one least anyone finds out that you are fake. Lo and behold, your conscious repays your falseness with more blame and condemnation.
    He really needs a forest fire to burn it all down!
    TheHarmattanon May 31, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationWhen the forest fire happens, the fire's curtain almost destroy everything on it's way, and in the same way prepare the soil for a new season where only the deeper seeds will bloom in the right time. As you reborn now, you request a new life, a new dream, new loves. You were saved by nature only after a deeper fire came cleaning everything inside you and prepare you for a new life to go on with.
    estevao2kon September 29, 2017   Link

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