History Headscratchers / TheDecemberists

13th Apr '15 12:06:37 AM Wynne101
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*"After the Bombs" ends with the line "'til it all starts over again." Does "it" refer to a new wave of bombs in the short term (they'll be dancing until the attacks resume and they have to return to the bunkers), or life starting anew and rebuilding post-war? I like to think of it being the second.
1st Sep '14 7:24:07 PM vifetoile
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*** Maybe his shirt or jacket has pockets???
15th Nov '12 7:08:33 AM Jebus2K10
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*** Yes, but what's the point of having his hands in his pockets if his own knickers are down around his ankles (and his pockets with them)?
10th Sep '12 10:21:58 PM karstovich2
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** [[ADateWithRosiePalms The song is about masturbation.]] I presumed the former was a euphemism.
*** Let's clarify here. The song was not about masturbation. That lyric was.

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** That lyric (and much of the song) is about [[ADateWithRosiePalms The song is about masturbation.]] I presumed the former was a euphemism.
*** Let's clarify here. The song was not about masturbation. That lyric was.
masturbation]].
23rd Aug '11 7:17:52 PM VelandimSader
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** IIRC, the Queen goes on about herself a fair amount during the first song where she appears, when she's talking to ''William'', who would know who she was if anyone would. So maybe she just likes talking about herself.
25th May '11 5:41:55 AM vifetoile
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**** There's a very good fanfic ([[http://archiveofourown.org/works/34910 The Sister's Bargain]], read it now!) that suggests the Queen adopted the child for her own, and Margaret's sister later came to try and reclaim the child.
11th Apr '11 12:50:00 PM LadyRedDeath
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* Still on the subject of ''Hazards of Love'': Why does the Rake need the Queen's help anyway? If he needs to cross Annan Water to get back to his fortress, then presumably he needed to cross it in order to kidnap Margaret in the first place. You could perhaps argue that the Queen asked him to kidnap Margaret in order to save William (and so flew him across the first time in exchange for his help), but if that were the case, it seems like she wouldn't devote the first two verses of "The Queen's Rebuke" explaining who she is, as he would already know. (Unless the explanatory two verses are directed at Margaret rather than the Rake).
5th Apr '11 6:10:47 PM VelandimSader
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***That does clear things up a lot. Thanks very much.
28th Mar '11 8:46:43 PM LadyRedDeath
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*** When Margaret goes to the forest, she is explicitly going to see William, and not very long after she begins to show ("And when young Margaret's waistline grew wider ... And so our heroine withdraws to the Taiga", and then "And all this stirring inside my belly / Won't quell my want for love"), and the lyrics in "Wager All" suggest that she is still pregnant and William feels the baby kicking ("And all my life I've never felt the tremor / And all my life, that now disturbs my fingers"). Since we can probably assume that the rest of the story takes place over a single day (since William only bargained for one night of freedom), she would still be pregnant when she was kidnapped. Then the violence of the lyrics of "Margaret in Captivity" suggest that she was beaten badly during her kidnapping, probably miscarried, and buried the baby during the first verse of "The Drowned".
28th Mar '11 8:26:59 PM LadyRedDeath
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* So...what exactly is it that's happening during the song in ''Hazards of Love'' where William goes to bargain with the Forest Queen? It's probably just me not paying close enough attention, but I was never able to quite figure out what he was asking for-he says "my life for the evening", but given that he'd already impregnated Margaret and all, he seemed to be doing whatever he wanted before that anyway. And what was it he promised her that got her to agree to it? She seems to rather abruptly go from being pissed at him to calmly accepting the deal. And, while we're at it, why was she so angry with him in the first place?

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* So...what exactly is it that's happening during the song in ''Hazards of Love'' where William goes to bargain with the Forest Queen? It's probably just me not paying close enough attention, but I was never able to quite figure out what he was asking for-he says "my life for the evening", but given that he'd already impregnated Margaret and all, he seemed to be doing whatever he wanted before that anyway. And what was it he promised her that got her to agree to it? She seems to rather abruptly go from being pissed at him to calmly accepting the deal. And, while we're at it, why was she so angry with him in the first place? place?
**The queen thinks William owes her his life, since she rescued him from certain death in the "reedy glen". While he'd previously had the freedom to do what he wanted at night, the queen appears to have just found out about Margaret (it's possible she walked in on them, since "Isn't it a lovely night?", where the two are reminiscing about making love in the forest and dreaming about their child, comes just before this), and is jealous that William would love someone other than her. She is appeased because William essentially promises to see Margaret for this one night and then never again.
**Another interpretation is that William wants to leave the forest to see Margaret (and ultimately, to rescue her from the Rake), where previously they had always seen each other in the forest. The Queen may be afraid that if she lets him go outside the forest he will not return to her, and that Margaret will tempt him into the "world of men". He is assuring her otherwise.
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