"The Lion's Roar" as written by and Klara Maria/s�derberg S�derberg....
Now the pale morning sings of forgotten things
She plays a tune for those who wish to overlook
The fact that they've been blindly deceived
By those who preach, and pray, and teach
But she falls short and the night explodes in laughter

But don't you come here and say I didn't warn you
About the way your world can alter
And oh how you try to command it all still
Every single time it all shifts one way or the other

And I'm a goddamn coward, but then again so are you
And the lion's roar, the lion's roar
Has me evading and hollering for you
And I never really knew what to do

Now I guess sometimes I wish you were a little more predictable
That I could read you just like a book
For now I can only guess what's coming next
By examining your timid smile
And the ways of the old, old winds blowing you back around

And I'm a goddamn foal, but then again so are you
And the lion's roar, the lion's roar
Has me evading and hollering for you
And I never really knew what to do

Sometimes I wish I could find my Rosemary Hill
I'd sit there and look at the deserted lakes and I'd sing
And every once in a while I'd sing a song for you
That would rise above the mountains and the stars and the sea
And if I wanted it to it would lead you back to me

And the lion's roar, the lion's roar
Is something that I have heard before
A children's tale, the lonesome wail of a lion's roar


Lyrics submitted by weiwern28, edited by BearShit11

"The Lion’s Roar" as written by Johanna Kajsa Soederberg Johanna Kajsa S�derberg

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  • +5
    General CommentPart of the strength of the lyric is that it makes hints and suggestions without ever tying things down or being really specific. It's very Dylanesque in this sense and also in the vocal phrasing - the way she sings the phrase ends reminds me of Dylan singing North Country Blues (written when Dylan was only 22, which just goes to show that young minds can also run very deep).

    I feel the message of the song is a criticism of those who deceive, those who 'preach and pray and teach' , i.e. religious types, who are always anxious to offer facile answers to life's deep questions. Of course they always 'fall short' and the night 'explodes in laughter'. The second verse seems to mock those who try to anchor their philosophy and beliefs in an ever-shifting world, which you simply can't 'command all still'.

    Although the song criticises religion, it also expresses understanding and empathy for the natural human weaknesses on which religion feeds. As for the chorus and the 'lion's roar', I think this is the roar of not knowing, the roar of doubt, of loneliness and of being vulnerable in an uncertain world. It's enough to make anyone feel a coward, perhaps even someone of a skeptical turn of mind who in moments of weakness may also be tempted to incline towards easy answers.

    The song then seems to talk directly to a person that she wishes was 'more predictable', although I suppose this person may be metaphorical or even allegorical. Actually, I think the song may be about the same boy that she wrote 'Hard Believer ' for. She has said that he was very religious and I think 'the old, old winds blowing you back 'round' is him reverting to his old religious dogma, despite her best efforts to open his mind to other possibilities. Rosemary Hill was an author who wrote God's Architect, a biography about an actual architect. I don't see this reference as directly commenting on the author and book. Rather, I think Rosemary Hill is a beautiful metaphor to describe a place which gives sanctuary from the lion's roar of uncertainty and doubt. She shares her boyfriends fears but, unlike him, won't succumb to surrendering her mind to preachers. But she still loves him and dreams of singing him back to her and away from the deceiving preachers. Yes, the lion's roar is no better than a children's book, just old and dusty scriptures that we've all heard before. They draw their power by invoking the fear and loneliness that lies within us all, conjuring up our human frailty and making us cry 'the lonely wail of a lion's roar'.

    Now, having thought a little about the song's meaning I like it even more. It really is a classic and very profound and beautiful.
    Rickyriffon August 03, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIt sounds to me like it's a song about perhaps an ex boyfriend, or just someone that she's had a bad relationship with. The lion's roar may be a reference to this persons temper, and the way that she doesn't know what is going to be brought out from the rage. At the end it sounds like she leaves him/her, considering their attitude to be childish, hence the last line referring to the lions roar as a children's tale.
    Danlow258on December 19, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song confuses me as I also agree about the religion reference. But on the second verse it sounds like shes talking about someone she loves but can never have. That shes a fool and coward to not have him but still love him.
    Lions roar could be the pain roaring inside about the love thats lost.

    i dont know?
    hmbon July 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is one of the best songs of 2011, so incredible.
    widoublelon December 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's about church, religion, etc. how it can alter/damage the world/person. she's bitter. jesus is often considered "the lion" searching for her rosemary hill...is a reference to an actual person...rosemary hill is the author of "god's architect" so yeah, basically...mad at the church for giving them the wrong answers.
    kristencarolebibleon January 19, 2012   Link
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    General CommentKristen has it. I also think she has frustration that she can no longer see the church as something that is real and true. It is almost like she pities it too much now.
    RollOnDough91on June 01, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIn my haste I see I misinterpreted the fist verse: The "pale morning sings of forgotten things" about nature's reality. She "plays a tune for those who wish to overlook" her reality, to those who've been "blindly deceived by those who preach and pray and teach". But "she falls short", unable to enlighten and "the night explodes in laughter" - the night being the darkness of ignorance.
    Rickyriffon August 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor those interested, try searching 'Lion's Roar' Buddhism.
    HowardZenon September 13, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThe "Lion's Roar" and the religious interpretations in this song, my first song in the context of the song where she sings "I'm a -God damn- coward" ...... there's the verse in the Bible about Satan roaming around like a roaring lion (barks but can't bite) looking for (the coward who takes the bate) the one to devour.

    "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." 1.Peter 5:8

    This passage in the Bible tells on how Satan is bluffing as a "lion" that roars, but isn't able to devour.

    The lyric:

    "And I'm a goddamn coward, but then again so are you
    And the lion's roar, the lion's roar
    Has me evading and hollering for you
    And I never really knew what to do"

    Might as well sing:
    "And the dogs that bark, the dogs that bark" ...

    Religious connotations, sure. But the song thrives on mystery as well.

    Lion's that just roar.

    Beautiful though.
    Stepon October 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI feel like the first verse is introducing a person. A person who is a coward and fool but the narrator still cares for the person, almost like a mother trying to teach her child of the mistakes.
    The mother is trying to teach her child of the world, but it's difficult because the mother keeps making the same mistakes, and has regret.

    "And I'm a goddamn coward, but then again so are you" The mother trying to teach her child not to make mistakes (to be afraid of the ""lion's roar"") but she is still afraid
    And the lion's roar, the lion's roar (something they are both afraid of or a mistake they keep regretting)
    Has me evading and hollering for you (trying to look for comfort in her child)
    And I never really knew what to do
    finnaquaon February 25, 2014   Link

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