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Thrice – Child Of Dust lyrics

Dear prodigal you are my son and I
Supplied you not your spirit, but your shape
All Eden's wealth arrayed before your eyes
I fathomed not; you wanted to escape
And though I only ever gave you love
Like every child, you've chosen to rebel
Uprooted flowr's and filled the holes with blood
Ask not for whom they toll the solemn bells
A child of dust to mother now return
For every seed must die before it grows
And though above the world may toil and turn
No prying spade will find you here below

Now safe beneath their wisdom and their feet
Here I will teach you truly how to sleep

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    Actually, Blayed, this song heavily references the Biblical narrative. Notice the Earth says that it provides, "not your spirit, but your shape," referencing Genesis 2 where God fashions man out of Earth and breathes life into the earthen creation. "All Eden's worth arrayed before your eyes, I fathomed not; you wanted to escape," is a direct reference to man's rebellion against God and subsequent expulsion from the garden of Eden (Genesis 3). "Every seed must die before it grows," is a direct reference to 1 Corinthians 15: 36-38: "How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body." Finally, the closing line, "here I will teach you truly how to sleep," references the many times Paul talks about the dead as having fallen asleep, awaiting the resurrection.
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    Child of Dust is written from the perspective of the element of Earth. The entire song tells of how Man was created as a child of Earth, yet as we grew, we "rebelled against our parent (the Earth)" by building, warring, and desecrating the planet. At first the Earth is confused as to why we destroyed it's beauty, but as we die, the Earth still takes back our bodies (as we bury our deceased), and protects them. The message behind this song is that no matter how we advance our civilization, we all came from the Earth, and one day we will all return to it.
    This song is one of 4 songs on The Alchemy Index which is written in Iambic Pentameter, The Flame Deluge, Kings Upon the Main, Silver Wings, and Child of Dust.
    Each of these songs is written to illustrate the relationship between man and each represented element (in order according to song titles listed above), Fire, Water, Air and Earth.
    The last 2 lines of each of these 4 songs are all rhyming couplets, which share a vocal melody.
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