"NFWMB" as written by and Andrew Hozier-byrne....
When I first saw you
The end was soon
To Bethlehem
It slouched and then
Must've caught a good look at you
Give your heart and soul to charity
'Cause the rest of you, the best of you
Honey, belongs to me

Ain't it a gentle sound, the rollin' in the graves?
Ain't it like thunder under earth, the sound it makes?
Ain't it exciting you, the rumble where you live?

Ain't you my baby?
Ain't you my baby?

Nothing fucks with my baby
Nothing can get in the kid or my baby
Nothing fucks with my baby
Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing

If I was born as a black thorn tree
I'd wanna be felt by you, held by you
Feel the power of your hand on me

Ain't it warming you, the world goin' up in flames?
Ain't it the life of you, you're lighting up the place?
Ain't it a waste it watch the throwing of the shade?

Ain't you my baby?
Ain't you my baby?

Nothing fucks with my baby
Nothing can get in the kid or my baby
Nothing fucks with my baby
Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing

Nothing fucks with my baby
Nothing can get in the kid or my baby
Nothing fucks with my baby
Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing

Nothing fucks with my baby
Nothing can get in the kid or my baby
Nothing fucks with my baby
Nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing


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"NFWMB" as written by Andrew Hozier-byrne

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    Song MeaningAs a “love song for the end of the world,” it’s fitting that this song centers itself around Yeats’ “Second Coming.” In the poem, Yeats describes a world that is spiraling out of control, where animalistic and base instincts reign. “The ceremony of innocence is drowned; / The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.” As a result, a creature, similar to a sphinx, awakens and is heading “to Bethlehem” to be born – alluding to Christianity’s Second Coming.
    However, this “second coming” will be of a new god befitting of the world described.

    In this song, this sphinxlike creature is on his way to Bethlehem, but is stopped in his tracks by the singer’s “baby.” Presumably, it takes notice of “baby” because she stands out as someone good, or innocent, or human, in a world full of people running riot. Her presence could be enough to stop “it” from reaching Bethlehem where its birth would confirm this new era of (lack of) humanity. The singer of the song is instantly drawn to her, and tries to convince her to give up what’s left of her goodness and enjoy reveling in this hedonistic new world. “Give your heart and soul to charity / 'Cause the rest of you, the best of you / Honey, belongs to me.”

    The imagery following draws again on a biblical description of the second coming. "Ain't it a gentle sound, the rollin' in the graves? / Ain't it like thunder under earth, the sound it makes? / Ain't it exciting you, the rumble where you lay?” Again, the singer tries to convince her that this disturbing world is good, and perhaps even tries to play into her sexual desires in the last line. The same sort of persuasion is used in the second series of questions “Ain't it warming you, the world goin' up in flames? / Ain't it the life of you, you're lighting up the place? /Ain't it a waste it watch the throwing of the shade?”

    When convincing her doesn’t work, the singer becomes protective of her, though it is better read as controlling. He will not let anything “fuck” with his baby. Even the uncharacteristic use of profanity in this song reminds us that the singer has shirked all his innocence. The singer is not so much protecting the woman, but rather he’s trying to ensure that the debauchery in the world continues. “Protecting” her allows the sphinx to continue on to Bethlehem. This is amplified in the line “Nothing can get at the kid or my baby.” In Yeats’ poem, the beast was awoken “by a rocking cradle” so he is protecting both his baby and the one in the cradle.

    This misplaced protection is also seen in the following stanza “If I was born as a black thorn tree / I'd wanna be felled by you, held by you / Fuel the pyre of your enemies.” On first glance, it would seem that the singer’s choice of the blackthorn is one positive, as it is a symbol of protection amidst devastation in Celtic mythology. However, the singer wants his “baby” to cut it down, presumably wield it as a shillelagh, and burn the bodies of her enemies. This again reinforces the animalistic nature of the new world. Additionally, the blackthorn is said to be guarded by fairies unfriendly toward humans, and those who cut it down would be cursed. So again, the singer, under the guise of protection, is trying to strip the goodness from his baby.

    (The use of an acronym for the title, a style of writing that has become prevalent in our culture's communications, also suggests that our world now is the one becoming unhinged)

    TL:DR - Baby, let's dance around the end of the world bonfire together.
    Snailpopon September 27, 2018   Link

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