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I'm coming up only to hold you under
I'm coming up only to show you wrong
And to know you is hard; we wonder
To know you all wrong; we warn

Really too late to call, so we wait for
Morning to wake you; it's all we got
To know me as hardly golden
Is to know me all wrong, they warn

At every occasion I'll be ready for a funeral
At every occasion, once more, is called a funeral
Every occasion, know I'm ready for a funeral
At every occasion, oh, one brilliant day funeral

I'm coming up only to show you down for
I'm coming up only to show you wrong
To the outside: the dead leaves, they're on the lawn
For they don't have trees to hang their own

At every occasion I'll be ready for a funeral
At every occasion, once more, is called a funeral
Every occasion, know I'm ready for a funeral
At every occasion, oh, one brilliant day funeral



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    UnregisteredOct 23, 2013 at 9:05 pm
    I don't know the meaning of this song, I imagine only the writer knows the truth of the message he attached wings to, allowing it to fly through this singer's voice(singer and songwriter may be one and the same, I'm not sure of this)..along with the passion of the music accompanying it. I've listened to it so many times, as it often helps me with my own writing, lubricates my inner voice allowing it to appear on the page just I've wanted it to...rather than getting stuck in my throat and creating a throbbing knot. The funeral...my original impression was that someone died..a family member (reference to family tree, yes) or perhaps an old friend with whom the songwriter shares many coming of age memories. I can't remember the exact words of 'The Funeral' as I write this, but my imagination conjured up a person...man or woman - it makes no difference - has learned of the death of a person, cousin or brother or friend... and (I'll just use feminine pronouns, because when I listen to this song, I'm the one in it, experiencing the meaning of it, projecting my own memories and meanings onto what this song is truly about) so I learn of the death of my cousin, say, and I'm returning to my hometown after many years away from everyone I grew up with..friends and family. I've been absent because of a falling out, with the cousin and the circle of friends I experienced the joy and pain of how it is during the first of many important rites of passage, as referenced before, the years during which I came of age. There was a falling out, for whatever reason, and I left the place where I grew up and formed so many exquisitely beautiful memories, and some that were necessarily painful during my seasons of growth. I stayed away because of the final, eviscerating experience...with my cousin and closest friends..a series of events that sparked a destructive misunderstanding which led to my cousin and closest friends to develop their own theories of my inexplicable change of character, drawing their own conclusions as to the reasons I'd altered and disappointed them. We, my cousin(s)..possibly other family..siblings, etc.. and friends had a final coming together toward the end of that last summer before I left without looking back. They accused me of a variety of wrongs, based on mistaken assumptions they'd made, seemingly as a group so that I felt overwhelmed and outnumbered, it felt as though they were closing ranks and leaving me on the outside..based on a few misinterpreted actions on my behalf. So, all these years later, my cousin dies, by her own hand, and I return...knowing my arrival will shock the people who had developed such terrible opinions and 'insights' about who I was, who I grew to be. They assumed I'd not returned. They assumed they knew exactly who I was, and their character assassination all those years ago, still held true, as to how they felt about me. For them, nothing had changed, and for me, experience taught me how to face those who had spoken for me, who had judged me, and finally sentenced me. So I was returning, partly to prove them wrong. I was returning to honor the cousin I'd lost twice; the first time when I lost her confidence and good opinion, and this second time, my loss of her is irretrievable. I must honor her the best way I can, and say goodbye. But the main issue, is facing up to all the people who wrongly shut me out so many years ago. I'm going to show them, clearly, how wrong they were, because I have the courage and conviction now, which I lacked when I was young and felt rejected by everyone.. That's why I'm going to the funeral. That's one interpretation, eh?
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    xXScreamYourHeartOutXxFeb 6, 2010 at 6:04 pm
    i think the song isn't lamenting over how you're ready to accept your loved ones' deaths. rather, i think it addresses the fact that we can't control our own death and when it happens, and that it is inevitable to all of us. i think it's a song about realizing your own death and being comfortable with the fact that death is imminent and can happen at any age and place. it sounds as if the singer has done all he has in life, and is ready to face death whenever it chooses to appear. it has a joyous approach to death somewhat, as if death is the process of being liberated. also, the song brings up points about family members when he mentions the "dead leaves" and the "tree." think of it as a family tree, where our own dead relatives may be dead, but their hearts live on in the rest of the family, just as the dead leaves are alone as they have fallen down from the proverbial "family tree."
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    skillet14Feb 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm
    i agree completely with xXScreamYourHeartOutXx. i also like how in my life as liz, liz sings it in her talent show i think she sings awesome and i love this song.

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