"Rise to Me" as written by and Colin Meloy....
Big mountain, wide river,
There's an ancient call,
These tree trunks, these stream beds,
Leave our bellies full
They sing out, I am gonna stand my ground
You rise to me and I'll blow you down
I am gonna stand my ground
You rise to me and I'll blow you down

Hey Henry, can you hear me,
Let me see those eyes
This distance, between us
Can seem a mountain size
But boy, you are gonna stand your ground
They rise to you you'll blow them down
Let me see you stand your ground
They rise to you you'll blow them down

My darling, my sweetheart,
I am in your sway,
Two cold climbs, come spring time
So let me hear you say, my love
I am gonna stand my ground, they rise to me and I'll blow them down
I am gonna stand my ground, they rise to me and I'll blow them down
'Cause I am gonna stand my ground
You rise to me and I'll blow you down

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"Rise to Me" as written by Colin Meloy

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  • +6
    General CommentGood God Almighty... This song is amazing. As a father of a healthy child this song makes me cry. Its a battle cry. Its a love song. It is an anthem for fatherhood.
    Kevogreon January 25, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentPerhaps to provide a little insight, Colin Meloy's son (born 2006) is named Henry.
    crunchbunchon January 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe narrator begins by describing nature as a source of sustenance and then assumes the anthropomorphic voice of the trees and streams to express the strength and forcefulness of nature. He then addresses two people he cares about, telling them to be strong in the same way he has described the strength of nature.

    Simple idea, but beautifully and artfully done.

    One of my favorites on the new album.
    ian85on January 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs by The Decemberists. Colin has recently opened up and said that his son was diagnosed with autism and that this song was dedicated to him. He said it was written about his and Carson's challenges.
    Another note, Colin has said Henry has trouble looking people in the eye. Anything to do with the line, "Hey Henry, can you hear me? Let me see those eyes."??

    @kevogre - "It is an anthem for fatherhood." Very well put. I couldn't agree more.
    ohvalenciaon January 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt seems like somebody is talking to natural features like they're people and warning them about environmental destruction. That would seem to fit with the theme of the album. But I could certainly be wrong. I'm used to taking ideas from other people to form my own, so being the first comment is new ground for me.
    reubencoon January 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo add a little more insight, Colin Meloy's son was also diagnosed with autism. Knowing a family that refuses to acknowledge their child's autism, this stuff is tough, so I think this is sort of reassurance of love and support, perhaps even a lullaby of sorts?
    specsishereon January 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst song on the new album that made me cry, especially after reading the comments. I think my son (3 and a half) got annoyed that I had to hold him during it. :)

    A common feature of autism is trouble looking people in the eye, so I think ohvalencia might be on to something there.
    Kitronaon April 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was listening to this album on my way back and forth to the hospital after my wife had given birth to our son, Harry, at the end of January. i was driving home after visiting times and listening to this tune over and over and the words " let me so those eyes", I hadn't yet, and "This distance between us
    Can seem of mountain size" described my feelings entirely.
    Reading your comments have made the song even more appropriate.

    Platoonanon May 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSimply beautiful. I get all choked up thinking about Colin singing this and thinking of his son... What a lucky boy his Henry is to have such a father.
    screenager0on June 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is about perseverance and love. The first stanza takes an environmentalist stance and says that the nature that provided for us will eventually reclaim us and the earth. The second and third stanzas are addressed to his son, Henry/"Hank", and his wife, Carson. He's telling them to stay strong and assures them that he'll stay strong for them too.

    And wow, I didn't know that Colin's son is autistic. Makes this song so incredibly beautiful and sad.
    mister care-too-muchon June 22, 2011   Link

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