"Men of Snow" as written by and Ingrid Michaelson....
Once I made a man all out of snow
He had the darkest eyes and a button nose
I told him all my sadness and my fear
And he just listened with a snowy ear

But when I came around the next day
My friend had gone and melted all away
I saw his eyes lying on the ground
I made a sound that was something like crying

Oh, one day you will go away from this
Oh, one day you will know we're men of snow
We melt one day

And winters come and my love, the winters go
And time stacks up in piles like winter snow
And everything you love and hold so dear
Won't really matter when we disappear

Oh, one day you will go away from this
Oh, one day you will know we're men of snow
We melt one day

Oh, one day you will go away from this
Oh, one day you will know we're men of snow
We melt, you know, we're men of snow
We melt one day

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"Men of Snow" as written by Ingrid Michaelson


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    Song MeaningJust because she acknowledges that the things you loved when you lived won't matter when you're gone doesn't make this song pessimistic. It's an acceptance of not only her death but also the smallness of her own life in the scheme of the things, so it's an acceptance of life too.
    mluisfiecon March 12, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think you guys are right, this is about her saying that life is short and that whatever we do in it, we'll all melt, one day. It's a sort of reminder to live life to the fullest.

    However, despite the lyrics, I also feel it is a hopeful song from the way she sings it. "Oh, one day you will go away from this / Oh, one day you will know we're men of snow, we melt one day" sounds very hopeful and encouraging, like one day, things will be better, you'll get through whatever sadness you're feeling.
    autumnsoliloquyon April 29, 2010   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful analogy of human life..
    thethinkron October 06, 2009   Link
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    General Commentcaptivating and addictive, a really good song..
    specon October 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love how she tackles death and the realization of death, with the analogy of snow/snowmen.
    BettyHolly1950on August 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite Ingrid song by life.

    Life is too short.
    littlekisson November 10, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationIn my opinion, this song touches on a subject that I have not yet seen: idolatry. In this song, the girl manifests a spirit from something inanimate, and the tells it all of her uncertainties and fears, which is what we, as people, generally confide in God or a higher power. As a person, she is in search of meaning in the world, and this is difficult to find, especially when she is surrounded by all of the same, flimsy "men of snow" that she is. The realization in this song is not that life is short, but it is that we cannot treat people as if they were more than people, because as time goes by we will "melt all away".
    MadiDelaneyon February 23, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI love this song! I had it on my myspace profile for a while but then the artist deleted it. It's not on Itunes either, so I just watch the live performances on youtube. It's actually a very depressing song about how you can live, love and laugh, but in the end, everyone dies and it never really mattered. It's obviously a pessmistic view. BEAUTIFUL THOUGH!!!
    rmjoh992on April 14, 2008   Link

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