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Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal lyrics

I was following the pack
All swallowed in their coats
With scarves of red tied 'round their throats
To keep their little heads
From fallin' in the snow
And I turned 'round and there you go

And, Michael, you would fall
And turn the white snow red as strawberries
In the summertime
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  • c
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    Coffeepillow
    I think that this song is actually about the French Revolution. White is the color of the people (as well as virtue and whatnot) in France and came about during the French Revolution. The red scarf part could refer to the red ribbons that people would wear to commemorate those who died in the guillotine. Micheal (this is a stretch) could be the guillotine falling to kill King Louis xvi of France in January, which would turn the snow red with blood.
    It's possible, but that's my guess.
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    squarepeg
    It seems to have a much more ordinary meaning to me - I picture a class of small school children, who have been watching the snow fall from the classroom. Break time arrives and, in their excitement, they all go charging out, with the narrator "following the pack". "Swallowed in their coats" refers to the small size of the children, wrapped up in their bulky winter coats with the scarves of red perhaps being part of the school uniform. The scarves are tied tightly to protect them from the cold, so tightly that it seems that they have been pulled tight to "stop their little heads from falling in the snow". "I turned around and there you go" conjures up images of the narrator, himself a young child in the song turning to throw a snowball at his friend, Michael, who falls as he tries to avoid it. As the snowball hits, Michael suffers a burst nose dripping blood onto the snow. The metaphor of "strawberries in the summertime", to me, shows that while something unpleasant has happened, the boys are having fun and Michael sees this accidental injury as part of the fun, not something to get upset about.
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    Unregistered
    I feel that this song is a metaphor to the path of life. When you fallow the path that to everyone else's eyes seams to be the right path people will be harmed because of it. That if you try to look back you will see all who you have hurt through the many years that you have wondered aimlessly "following the pack" and in not going your own way you have hurt others even without meaning it. I may be delving too deep but either it's a good lesson to pull from this song. And I recommend for everyone not to follow the supposed "norm" so that you don't ever hurt others in your mindless wondering. And that everyone should just follow there heart not the pack.(by an anonymous reviewer of poems and songs.)
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    Unregistered
    The narrator was "following the pack" unaware and 'just being like everyone else' when the tribulation comes upon us. Michael didn't fall, but Satan did (wishful thinking on the devil's behalf). The references to scarves holding on their little heads from falling in the snow, and turning the snow as red as strawberries in the summertime is describing beheadings. How to manage pretty red strawberries in describing bloody death, is not as impressive as getting choirs upon choirs to sing (and clap) this song of persecution of the church to come, and have the gall to associate it with Christmas time, the birth of Jesus Christ, just because it references snow, and its title. I am stunned at the evil and the idiocy of people "following the pack" and enjoying this song that while they understand it is about beheadings, they just aren't sure if it is the French Revolution or the Jews, or what/why -- and they sing along anyway.
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    Interpretations are all over the place. The song seems to be a practice of modern art where as we look at the piece (the lyrics) we interpret it how we want. Whatever meaning you derive from it is what real and important to you. The words fit the melody? Maybe. Perhaps nothing more than that, yet the plethera (yes. Plethera) of attempts is colorful and vast. Fleet foxes just provided us the canvas, we are doing the painting, as it were. Is it intentional? I don't know.
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