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A Burning Hill Lyrics

Today I will wear my white button-down
I'm tired of wanting more
I think I'm finally worn
For you have a way of promising things
And I've been a forest fire
I am a forest fire
And I am the fire and I am the forest
And I am a witness...

  1. anonymous
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    May 22nd report

    to add onto all of the ones here, it is the end of her album where she talks about her adult hood, and this signifies the vary end of her childhood where she has to watch it all burn to the ground and can now only enjoy the "little things" in her now adult life.

  2. anonymous
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    May 9th report

    I think this song is about living with depression and the feeling of seeing soured friendships/relationships be the same without you. The "forest fire" part is saying, "I create the problems and I am being affected by the problems and I am the one in which the problems linger" and the "you are not there at all" part saying these people you once considered your friend never once cared and still do not.
    The second verse is about a feeling of numbness, of depression, in which you wake up everyday and put on your white button down. You love the littler things, you keep yourself clean and tidy your house when it needs tending, go to work, and go to sleep, but do none of these things because you want to. To live not because you think there is some sort of meaning or joy to be found, some goal or aspiration to achieve, some thing to create, some person to love, but to live because you were told to. Because suicide would be a burden, because death is dramatic.

  3. anonymous
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    Mar 9th report

    I think it’s about pain as a whole, wanting to harm yourself ie: being a forest fire, being the fire and the forest. Feeling guilty, unloved, imperfect, and stressed. There are many lines stating that the singer has to be clean and neat, ex: wearing their white button-down, at least they can be neat and clean, possibly being forced to hide what their feeling behind this perfect facade. Which this reflects with the album name “Puberty 2” which all of these feelings can be caused by puberty and the people surrounding you during that time. To put it simply, I think this song is about abuse, depression, and self-harm.

  4. anonymous
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    Dec 8th 2021 report

    I think that the most famous line: I am a forest fire. "And I am the fire and I am the forest and I am a witness watching it" are talking about: Being the one who hurts (fire) , being the one hurting (forest) , and being the one that won't do anything against it( witness). It could mean that sometimes, you're responsible for you're pain. Another line that I interpreted was: "I stand in a valley watching it and you aren't there at all". I feel like this line shows that some people want to put the blame on others for not helping you.

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