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Abraham took isaac's hand
And led him to the lonesome hill
While his daughter hid and watched
She dared not breathe she was so still

Just as an angel cried for the slaughter
Abraham's daughter raised her voice

Then the angel asked her what her
Name was she said I have none
Then he asked how can this be
My father never gave me one

And when he saw her raised for the slaughter
Abraham's daughter raised her bow
How darest you child defy your father
You better let young isaac go



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    UnregisteredDec 1, 2013 at 9:39 am
    I loved this song the minute I heard it. This song is filled with amazingly-thought-out symbolize and metaphoric genius. It's really inspired my songwriting and writing in general. I'm a poet at heart, and am usually pretty spot-on when it comes to deciphering lyrics and such, but I am fifteen as well, so correct me if I'm reading into it too deeply.
    When you put this song in the perspective of the Hunger Games, a story it was written for, I can only see one overall meaning.

    Here's It Is:

    "Abraham took Isaac's hand
    And led him to the lonesome hill"
    - President Snow, as he runs the government, runs the Hunger Games. He takes Isaac, a symbol for the tributes, to the "lonesome hill".
    And, it might just be me, but the hill would get pretty lonesome when you had to kill everyone else on it... don't you think?

    "While his daughter hid and watched
    She dared not breathe she was so still"
    - Barely anyone in the districts enjoyed watching the Hunger Games. Their concept alone was indescribably horrible. But they still had to watch. Even Katniss, who emotionally shut herself down when watching the Games.

    "Just as an angel cried for the slaughter
    Abraham's daughter raised her voice"
    - When Prim's name is drawn in the reaping, Katniss coundn't hide anymore. The capitol citizens wanted Prim's blood this time, and Katniss wouldn't let them have it. So, she volunteered.

    "Then the angel asked her what her
    Name was she said I have none
    Then he asked how can this be
    My father never gave me one"
    - Who is this courageous young tribute?
    Just a starving girl from an outlying district, completely overlooked by the "Father".

    "And when he saw her raised for the slaughter
    Abraham's daughter raised her bow"
    - Okay, so... NOW, Katniss is the daughter AND Isaac. It's not the tributes she defends with her bow- it's herself. She defends herself in the only way that she can, and that means defying "Father".

    "How darest you, child, defy your father;
    You better let young Isaac go."
    - If you read the books, you already know that Katniss didn't want to be the Mockingjay. Especially not in the first book.

    No, that last line is the Father, warning his daughter that she won't get away with her defiance. He's telling her to give up that HOPE, the only thing stronger than fear...

    ... or maybe it's just me. That's what I heard ;)
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    UnregisteredMay 18, 2012 at 8:12 am
    In my opinion this song is centered on the first hungr games movie only. Abraham(snow) takes issac(tributes, districts in general) to the lonesome hill(arena) when issac is raised for the slaughter(rue killed) abraham's daughter(katniss) raised her voice (katniss decorates rue with flowers. The angel(capitol people) wants to know who this sensation is, but she is just a nameless girl never given much credit by abraham. (katniss is just a poor girl from the poorest district. ) when abraham finds out his daughter is interfering with his plans, he raises her for the slaughter. (snow tries to kill katniss and her followers) but she raises her bow, not wanting to go without a fight.

    The last 2 lines can have 2 meanings. Snow could threaten katniss and katniss tells him to let issac go, or snow slaughters katniss and tells her to give up trying to save issac. It really depends if you count in the other 2 books or not.
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    UnregisteredAug 25, 2012 at 10:15 pm
    The "how darest you child defy your father you better let young isaac go" part is suppose to be like this:
    Abraham:how dare you child! Defying your father?!
    Abraham's daughter:you better let young isaac go(her protecting her brother from slaughter)
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    UnregisteredMay 5, 2012 at 7:14 pm
    Abraham is the capitol. Isaac are the tributes. Angels are the capitol people. Abrahams daugher is katniss. Abraham led isaac to a lonesome hill (the arena) while his daughter hid and watched (katniss watching the hunger games) angels cried for slaughter (capitol loves watching the hunger games and poeple shout with happiness) abraham's daughter raises her voice (katniss goes agianst the capitol) angels ask her what her name is. She has none (katniss's name is "the girl on fire") and when we saw her raised for slaughter (katniss entering the second hunger games) daughter raised her bow (went against capitol as mockingjay) angels: how dare you defy your father (capitol: how could you go aginst the capitol? ) abraham's daughter: you better let isaac go (katniss: stop the hunger games and leave the tributes be)
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    UnregisteredSep 5, 2012 at 3:12 am
    Perhaps it is the angel saying to release isaac. The obedience of abraham could not be celebrated if the daughter kills him (daddy) before the sacrifice. There must be a victor declared; rules must be followed. If death says, "let him go," and daughter lowers her bow, then death maintains control, abraham is still obeying, and daughter remains nameless, right? The capitol allows two tributes to win (key word: allows) instead of creating two martyrs. Death (the capitol) had to say "stop" to give the illusion of control.

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