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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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    CoffeepillowFeb 18, 2009 at 9:36 pm
    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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    UnregisteredNov 2, 2011 at 3:56 pm
    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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    squarepegFeb 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm
    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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    UnregisteredMay 25, 2012 at 3:41 am
    According to my mom, it could have been about the jews. "i was following the pack all swallowed in their coats" the jews being lead out in winter "with scarves of red tied around their throats to keep their little heads from falling in the snow" blood is coming from their throats and they have been thro the gulliotene "i turned round and there u go" their friend is going in the line up to be executed "and michael you would fall and turn the white snow red as strawberries in the summertime" micheal was shot in the head, he fell and the blood is spilling on the snow.

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