"Third of May/Odaigahara" as written by and Robin Noel Pecknold....
Light ended the night, but the song remained
And I was hiding by the stair
Half here, half there, past the lashing rain
And as the sky would petal white, old innocent lies came to mind
As we stood, congregated, at the firing line

Night ended the fight, but the song remained
And so I headed to the wall
Turned tail to call to the new domain
As if in the sight of sea, you're suddenly free
But it's all the same
Oh, but I can hear you, loud in the center
Aren't we made to be crowded together, like leaves?

Was I too slow?
Did you change overnight?
Second son, on the other line

Now, back in our town as a castaway
I'm reminded of the time it all fell in line, on the third of May
As if it were designed, painted in sand to be washed away
Oh, but I can hear you, loud in the center
Aren't we made to be crowded together, like leaves?

Was I too slow?
Did I change overnight?
Second son, for the second time

Can I be light and free?
If I lead you through the fury will you call to me?
And is all that I might owe you carved on ivory?

But all will fade
All I say
All I needed
As a flash in the eye, I wouldn't deny, all receded

Life unfolds in pools of gold
I am only owed this shape if I make a line to hold
To be held within one's self is deathlike, oh I know

But all will be, for mine and me, as we make it
And the size of the fray, can't take it away, they won't make it

I was a fool
Crime after crime to confess to
But I hold the fleet angel, she'll bless you
Hold fast to the wing
Hold fast to the wing


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"Third of May/Odaigahara" as written by Robin Noel Pecknold

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    General Commentparts of the song have a waltzy dream-like effect, which I like, and here the words are attached...interesting.
    jeff117524on June 28, 2017   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is a dense song lyrically, but I do have some ideas. Overall, I'd say this song is about dealing with regret over past mistakes. The line "to be held within oneself is deathlike" suggests that the writer is regretting being despondent instead of connecting with others ("Aren't we made to be crowded together, like leaves?"). The war imagery suggests a battle, but I think this battle is internal.

    "Can I be light and free? If I lead you through the fury will you call to me? And is all that I might owe you carved on ivory?": These lines come at a major turning point, in which the writer wonders if they could cast off their melancholy and make a human connection.

    I do think the reference to a "fleet angel" is about the band name. Perhaps the "song" mentioned earlier is the music the band makes, and holding fast to the wing symbolizes how music can be a means to deal with the "crime after crime" of sins and regrets.
    AhmedAR94on August 06, 2017   Link

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