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Little hope, little home of heavenly
Come and save us from this ugly truth
Little hope, sprung from necessity
May all good things in life come to you

Little ghost, so innocent and carefree
They will never stop hunting you
Little voice, life got the best of me
And in time that's what awaits you too

Little hope, sing a song of fire
I grow up to be just like that
(little hope, little hope)
Sing a song of fire

Little hope, sing a song of fire
I grow up to be just like that
(little hope, little hope)
Sing a song of fire

Little hope, sing a song of fire
I grow up to be just like that
(little hope, little hope)
Sing a song of fire
(waited all my life)

Little hope, loudly sounding siren
If you want your dreams of life back
(little hope, little hope)
Sing a song of fire

I've seen the truth and it's nothing like you said
I've seen the picture of your perfect world
Now you can touch the halo around my crowned head
So many questions, so many things unsaid

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    General CommentExcellent song, best one yet imo

    in the chorus I hear *I grow up to be just like that!
    lornesson August 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThere are two major themes in the VIDEOS for these songs, which is childbirth and religion, namely Jesus Christ in particular. This leads me to think that it tells the story of Mary giving birth to Jesus Christ. At the same time, however, I suspect that the videos are also about the life of Jesus, including his crucifixion and resurrection.

    In the Y video, we finish our saga of the birth and death of Christ.

    In the beginning, we see our Jesus/Baby character, sitting on a throne and boredly throwing papers around. He is now also wearing the same crown and holding the same ball and scepter that Jonna Lee was donning in the T video. He then gets up from his throne, drops his crown, ball, and scepter, and walks around in a strange manner. This scene seems to be a depiction of Christ before he is killed -- He is the king and leader of his disciples, on the metaphorical throne of his kingdom.

    We then see Jonna Lee in a fetal position underwater, just as a real fetus lies in amniotic fluid before being born. At the same time, she sings of "this ugly truth" "little hope, sprung from necessity" "Little ghost" and "They would never stop hunting you." This all seems to speak of Christ, how he spoke of the truth, the "ugly truth" of his crucifixion, how his "little hope" is "sprung from necessity," the "little ghost" is like the Holy Ghost of the trinity, and finally, the people who would "never stop hunting you (Jesus)" references the people who were out to kill Christ.

    The video then transports us into a forest of trees wrapped in foil, and we see one tree in particular that has what obviously resembles a vagina and a urine hole above it. Jonna Lee, covered entirely from head to two in her own hair (Long hair is also a symbol of fertility) pops out of the tree-vagina, and takes a lightbulb from the urine-hole above her, and she holds it above her head. This scene is a very direct and obvious reference to childbirth, what with how Jonna Lee herself just came out of a giant vagina in a tree. I mean really.

    Jonna then tip-toes around the forest, holding the light abover her head as she sings.

    Finally, however, she stops, as the light above her head is gone, and is now replaced with a hallway of fluorescent lamps that have suddenly appeared before her, all turning on one after another, illuminating the image of Jonna, making her look heavenly, like an angel.

    The camera then switches angle, however, to face the tree-vagina, and as we enter it, we now enter the next scene.

    The next scene is an important one, as we see a knight in shining armor throwing axes, arrows, and swords into the trees around him. With each penetration he makes into the trees, a splash of milk flies into the Baby/Jesus's face, and he looks like he is in pain. This scene acts as a brilliant double-entendre for not just being born (The knight is like a doctor, delivering a baby from the womb, breaking down the walls of the placenta just as the trees are broken down) but also as a metaphor for the crucifixion of christ. The arrows, swords, and axes are like nails being driven into Jesus' hands and feet, and the pain is apparent in the Baby/Jesus' face.

    We are then transported into a mysterious room that is covered in paper, including Jonna Lee wearing a dress made of blank white sheets. She hears an infant's voice, though, and turns around to see a newborn baby standing before her. As she continues to sing the song, it becomes apparent that the two stories -- one of childbirth and one of Jesus Christ -- have culminated. The baby has been born (and is now standing before Jonna Lee) but also Jesus has been resurrected (represented by the baby also). Jonna then sings "With your mind, you dream of life now," which speaks of the fact ther her baby has been brought into the world at last.

    Jonna's body is then wrapped in foil, however, and as we see just her blackened face amidst a black frame, she speaks the final words of the song: "I've seen the truth and it's nothing liek you said. I've seen your picture of a perfect world. Now you can touch the halo around my crowned head. so many questions, so many things unsaid." This stanza is an incredibly obvious allusion to the message of Jesus christ, how it causes people to "see the truth" of a "perfect world," and the mentions of "halos" and "crowned heads" and "so many questions, so many things unsaid" act as even more obvious references to the bible and its imagery.

    Now, although the song is over at this point, the video is not: We return to the knight in shining armor, but now he lies in the forest, dead from an impalement wound. This can be seen as the non-believers of Christ being proven wrong (their ideology has been "impaled" if you will) and they now remain in the forest of doubt, dead.
    JellyfishAndMangoeson December 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe videos are completely random and full of nothing but random bizarre images, right? Wrong. They actually tell a story that is tied into a Arabic, African, AND European legends about something quite unexpected... Let me explain. I think I have this figured out.

    Something we should start with is looking more in depth at the continuous imagery of the white substance on Jonna Lee (the singer and woman in all of the iamamiwhoami videos), on the plants, the mud on Jonna Lee, and the constant plant references throughout all of the videos.

    So, first thing's first, what do the numbers in the first six introduction videos mean? Let's decipher them, shall we?








    Mhm. It says: "Welcome home. I am educational. It's me, Mandragora Officinirum."

    It's significant to note that one of the numbered videos spell out "mandragora" and "officinarum," otherwise known as the mandragora, or, the mandrake plant. The mandrake root, according to ancient folklore, is believed to have grown where a hanging man's semen spilled onto the ground, hence the white substance throughout the videos.

    Philip de Thaun was an Anglo-Norman who wrote a book in the first half of the 20th century. In this book "Bestiary," de Thaun, says the following about the mandrake: "It has two roots, the make of a man and a woman."

    (HA! Jonna and the mystery man!! But waittt, it gets better...) "The man who is to gather it must fly around about it; must take great care that he does not touch it - then let a dog be bound - let it be tied to it." Following these guidelines are instructions to starve the dog, then after three dogs, offer the dog some bread. Naturally, the dog will come running to the food in your hand. Then... "the dog will draw it to him; the root will break; it will send forth a cry; the dog will fall down dead." This explains the six dogs, then the following six graves/crosses in two of the introduction videos!

    (I AM AM I WHO AM I = I AM MANDRAKE. Let's continue...)

    "...if the man heard it, he would directly die - therefore, he must stop his ears and take care that he does not hear the cry. When one has the root, it is of great value for medicine, for it cures every infirmity - except only death."

    The six dogs turn up dead in the introduction videos, this is obvious at seen by the six crosses used as tombstones. I believe Jonna's character in these videos is actually one half of the root (the man being the other; in U-1, it almost seems like they are connected and unified as one) and her voice is symbolic of the mandrake's cry. The cry, as stated above, is believed to be deadly, but also a miracle plant to cure all illness (just like love and faith can be the cure for all despair and sorrow, as well as the perfect weapon to diagnose pain and agony). This is why the tags for the Youtube videos relate so much to life and death. Such examples include the following tags on the introduction videos: fetus, umbilical cord, habitat, moisture, disciple, amniotic fluid, nest, lay, mount, etc.

    Here is another paragraph I found interesting, and this imagery is in several of the iamamiwhoami videos: "A cut of the female mandrake root" ... "cases the figure of a naked woman with the plant shooting into leaf and flower from her head." (Which was blatantly seen in "N")

    Also note that mandrake superstition has been rampant through human ages. As I've said, it's associated with providing life and causing death (more often, death). Some common synonyms for the mandrake are: Satan's Apple, Mandragora, Devil's Testicles, etc. Here is another paragraph I found informative:

    "The officinarum variety is yellow-greenish; the autumnalis variety is purple. The flowers are born on separate stalks, which emerge from the centre of the leaf-rosette. They later give rise to the golden yellowish fruits, that are often referred to as 'apples', which they resemble, though their size approximates more that of a crab-apple or mirabelle. The fruit has a pleasant scent. The root can grow to over half a meter (2 feet) in length and is often strangely forked, which has given rise to anthropomorphic associations, likening their appearance to a human male or female body shape. The root has a tough brown rind but is white inside. The leaves emerge directly from the crown of the root." (Hence the crown she wears in "T") So, why is Jonna covered in black-brown while maintaining her long, blonde locks? Because her body symbolizes the root in the ground, covered in dirt, and (as stated) it has a "brown rind but is white inside."

    The white is shown in "Y" as Jonna sings in the paper house, covered in mud, and her paper dress represents the inner white inside the root. Her hair symbolizes the yellow leaves. Plain and simple. Also, in "T," Jonna is seen covered in the white substance while wearing a crown ("the leaves emerge directly from the crown of the root").

    Here is another paragraph: "Mandrake originates in the eastern Mediterranean region and is distributed throughout southern Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa, where it grows in waste places and abandoned fields in sandy and rocky, well draining soil. There is also a species that is endemic to the Himalaya. Nowadays it is cultivated in gardens north of the Alps, but doesn't naturalize there, as it needs a warm and protected setting." This is why Jonna is standing in a flower pot, surrounded by other leaves, in a greenhouse in "O." She IS the mandrake root. She needs that warm and protect setting. Get it?

    Let's address the constant use of six: six was the quantity of dogs, berries, and cats throughout the videos. Six dogs, six cats, six berries. 666, right? Well, it isn't Satanic symbolism; it's just an allusion to the devil and the end, simply because the mandrake has been called The Devil's Apple and The Devil's Testicles. The use of 666 simply signifies the end of a bond. Once you understand the mythology behind the mandrake, iamamiwhoami's videos make MUCH more sense.

    So, here's the big question: Why even use the mandrake symbolism and allusions?

    Well, the mandrake was believed to have a male and female root, right? The root belonged to one plant, one organism, one creation, one being, one idea. This can be symbolic of a love or bond that held significant meaning. However, the root was ripped from the ground and split in two. The female root shrieked, giving birth to Jonna's voice and lyrics.

    In case you haven't noticed, the lyrics are about a love / significant connection to someone or something gone horribly wrong.

    "B" is the initial love / connection.
    "O" is the sudden halt this love / connection takes.
    "U-1" is total remorse for this ending.
    "U-2" is the continued remorse.
    "N" is the insecurities brought on by this newly found independence.
    "T" is learning that one has potential by oneself, with or without this person / idea.
    "Y" is merely IAM personifying her / their hope and moving on.

    tyakon January 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI hear coffin not cover. I may be wrong, but just wanted to put it out there.
    Viodiaon August 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLast chorus yall could be

    little hope, and the song is silent, if you want you dream of life back, sing your song of fire
    whiza1pon August 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe's personifying her hope, a part of herself, in this song, and telling it to grow a pair, mature, and live (to put it bluntly.)
    tyakon November 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionThey "would" never stop hunting you > "They will never stop hunting you"
    kumasmashon December 26, 2010   Link
  • -1
    Lyric CorrectionShe is a complete genius. Really.

    At the end, I actually hear "I've seen the truth and it's nothing to be scared of" as the first line of that stanza.
    deadxboysxpoemon August 16, 2010   Link

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