"Tell me about the Forest" as written by Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard....
Farewell, now, my sister
Up ahead there lies your road
And your conscience walks beside you
It's the best friend you'll ever know

And the past is now your future
It bears witness to your soul
Make sure that the love you offer up
Does not fall on barren soil

For the wind cries of late
In the whispering grass
Our way of life is held
In the spinning wheels of chance

I believe in a way of long ago
And the sounds I believe rose our glow
And we're changing our ways

Yes, we are taking on different roads
Tell me more about the forest
That you once called home

For the wind cries of late
In the whispering leaves
And the sun will turn to waste
The heavens we build above

Father, teach your children
To treat our mother well
If we give her back her diamonds
She will offer up her pearl

We must sing her creation song
Jeune du monde
Invoke the spirits that feed us
This dreaming takes too long

But I'm not bitter, no, I'm surviving
To face the world, to raise the future
So why don't you tell me, come on and tell me
About the world you left behind
Can you tell me?

Lyrics submitted by Neon_Like, edited by autoerratica

"Tell Me About the Forest" as written by Lisa Germaine Gerrard Brendan Michael Perry


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    General CommentThis could mean a few things. It could mean a sibling telling his sister to be wary of the world and all of its desires or it could be about the world and it's evolution. Father teach your children could be about ecology and treating the earth with respect. The sun will turn to waste represents global warming. Brenden is singing about how we must protect our world and is asking those who knew it in the past to remember how it once was. But thats just one gal's interpretation.
    beehauson December 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love the lyrics of this song, if not so much the song. I think it is about a lost world, literal and figurative. Everything in the world is in vain, yet everything can still be gained, it says so there is a chance for a new world, yet the old was in vain.
    summer girlon March 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCan somebody help me out?
    On every site I looked there's a part of these lyrics missing.
    And it's also not mentioned in the booklet.
    But between "She will offer up her pearl" and "But I'm not bitter, no I'm surviving" he sings some other things that I haven't found anywhere in the lyrics.
    One line even sounds like it's French?

    Great song by the way! I love the way Brendan sings.
    Twilight31on May 14, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI'm going to link this song to two artists by influence and explain it in a glib manner.

    I almost hear another joy division reference in this song (much like "the procession moves on the shouting is over") in this case, "this dreaming takes too long" is similar to "this treatment takes too long" from JD's "the eternal"

    The song, I think it's from the point of view of someone who's been dumped. They had danced to a different drum, but he offered his love on barren soil and now he's trying to be grown-up and say fare-thee well. He has to say he's not bitter, so he really is, he's barely surviving, left feeling that the nature of things is random and ephemeral. The reference to a way of life and a different drum may be "the forest", perhaps a counter-cultural lifestyle dare I say?

    IF IT IS, well could this not be the same "The Forest" of Rasputina's "How We Quit The Forest"? "the scene was never what it used to be!"
    autoerraticaon January 02, 2013   Link

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