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Rainbowarriors song meanings
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  • +8
    General CommentI was reading Longfellow's "Song of Hiawatha" and I came upon these verses and thought... wait a minute... Cocorosie!

    Book XV: Hiawatha's Lamentation
    In those days the Evil Spirits,
    All the Manitos of mischief,
    Fearing Hiawatha's wisdom,
    And his love for Chibiabos,
    Jealous of their faithful friendship,
    And their noble words and actions,
    Made at length a league against them,
    To molest them and destroy them.

    Hiawatha, wise and wary,
    Often said to Chibiabos,
    "O my brother! do not leave me,
    Lest the Evil Spirits harm you!"
    Chibiabos, young and heedless,
    Laughing shook his coal-black tresses,
    Answered ever sweet and childlike,
    "Do not fear for me, O brother!
    Harm and evil come not near me!"
    cyndil5000on May 12, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo me rainbowarriors means like spiritual warrior. Creating a world of love and peace. It's like the name given to the Greenpeace ship. It originated in native american legends.

    "The name of the ship comes from a North-american-Indian legend, that inspired the crew of the Phyllis Cormack during the first Greenpeace sea journey. According to the legend man will someday destroy the world through his greed. The rainbow warriors will stand up to save the world."
    kouzenon November 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit would be a fantastically interesting children's show - two spirit is a general term (there are more specific terms in some cultures) for a native american person who doesn't fall within the gender binary - wikipedia describes them as a third gender, but it really depends. at any rate, that's a beginning to your exploration of the song, if you want.
    bugmenot123on May 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGod, this is so beautiful.
    Escapiismon June 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell, as the person above me said about the significance of "two-spirits" in certain Native American cultures, I would also go along with queer reading of this song. It seems like CocoRosie is creating a mythology about about queer people in general, and this queer god or hero of sorts, Rainbowarrior, like Hercules or something, kind of along the lines of "The Origin of Love" in Hedwig and The Angry Inch. I mean, they're singing about looking hard for the "rainbow trail deep inside ya" and "rainbow love" and fighting for rainbow freedom in general (come on, connect the dots). Not to mention the video has Bianca in drag (she actually makes a really hot boy).
    lucian_ohon November 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe name Rainbow Warrior comes from the book Warriors of the Rainbow by William Willoya and Vinson Brown, (1962, Naturegraph Publishers). The book describes what the authors say are Hopi prophecies of warriors who would be mankind's key to survival. The legend says these warriors would appear at a dark time when the fish would die in the streams, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, and the trees would no longer be; mankind as we know it would all but cease to exist. Widely repeated accounts of the legend recorded in the Naturegraph book say "They will be called The Warriors of the Rainbow, Protectors of the Environment." Other accounts attribute the legend to a Cree woman, as told by a non-enrolled Oklahoma woman who says she is of Cherokee heritage.
    claudel22on December 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI would argue that Saint Noni is really Saint Nomi, as in Klaus Nomi, the German gesamtkunstwerkker. See link below:

    nytimes.com/2008/07/06/magazine/…
    Badingon July 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits a sweet song, it sonds alot like this native american story i read, calle warriors of the rainbow, which makes sense caus cocorosi traveld reservation to reservation with thier father, wich is cool, i looooovvvveee thise song!
    kyky15on September 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbianca clearly states in an interview -> youtube.com/… <- that rainbowarriors are a counter war army against "material wars" hence:

    "In these times of evil spirits
    Of material thugs and mischief"

    bianca also says that rainbow warriors fight for individuality :)
    jasxnnon June 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhy has no one commented this? it's such a cute song. no idea what it means, sounds like something that would be a theme song for some cartoon show.
    technicolor.girlon May 13, 2007   Link

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