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Isak
Hands in the ground
Buried traces of sound scream

Hem in the seed
Water to salt
Salt into rain

Isak
Tender the swine
Carry the hare and the barrow home


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    Song MeaningI think this song is based on Knut Hamsun's novel Growth of the Soil. It's the story of a peasant named Isak going into the wilds and building a farm out of nothing. He's a 'born carrier of loads' and 'barge of a man.' He is eventually joined by his hare-lipped wife, Inger. He's away bringing stuff up from town when she bears a child with a harelip, and she twists her neck around and buries the body in the woods so that her daughter wouldn't grow up with the harelip that made Inger an outcast growing up. She believes that her child was born with a harelip because a Lapplander passing by showed her a dead hare shortly before the birth.

    I take the 'buried traces of sound scream' to mean merely that there is a buried trace, not that Isak himself buried it.

    A great deal more happens in the novel but this seems like a good fit to me. The 'water to salt / salt into rain' bit seems to echo the point harped upon in the novel about the cycles of life, the idea being that the real meaning of immortality is in participating in these life cycles.

    Anyone who likes horse metal like Baroness ought to read this book.
    escioeon July 10, 2013   Link

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