Of Monsters and Men: Mountain Sound Meaning
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Song Released: 2012
Mountain Sound Lyrics
so I packed my things and ran
far away from all the trouble
I had caused with my two hands
Alone we travelled
armed with nothing but a shadow
we fled far away
Hold your horses now
we sleep until...
anonymous Feb 22nd, 2:29am report
When the song says "I heard them calling in the distance/so I packed my things and ran", I thought of it as more of a Call of the Wild type of thing, like "the mountains are calling and I must go" or whatever. Then they travelled away from trouble with "nothing but a shadow" which I think means they moved on from something bad (sadness, depression, etc) with only a shadow of it left. The chorus is upbeat and happy, but says "hold your horses now/through the woods we ran", which I think refers back to the sadness I was talking about earlier: sort of like "hold on, we moved kind of quickly (which I got from "hold your horses" and "ran") and this sadness might not be gone yet. Then he says "some had scars and some had scratches/it made me wonder about their pasts/and as I looked around, I began to notice/that we were nothing like the rest", which I take to mean that the people they came across (metaphorically or literally) had scars and scratches, but they were nothing like them because the main characters of the song's scars were internal.
Lol hopefully this makes sense:)
anonymous Jun 17th, 2014 6:48pm report
Being on the run. Escaping troubles left behind. Ashamed of themselves or what they've done. "Armed with nothing but our shadows... sleep until the sun goes down..." Discovering along the way that their own history is not so bad. "Some hid scars and some hid scratches it made me wonder about their past" knowing they're "nothing like the rest". So "Hold your horses now.." what are we running from?
I see this as anyone who has thought about running away. Feeling misunderstood and deciding to leave the past behind to find their own way, but you realise this is not necessary for everyone. Some people have lived through terrible things: wars, abuse, neglect, abandonment... and have had to run away in order to survive which makes our problems seem small. Some of us run for no reason and should maybe have stayed and faced our problems.
anonymous Oct 3rd, 2013 10:18pm report
It is about two people on the run from a king.I imagine it is two lovers personally.They did something bad(trouble I had caused with my two hands).They are telling them to stop hunting them (hold your horses now).They meet a group of outcasts with scratches.They are different from them.(some had scars and some had scratches)
anonymous Apr 30th, 2013 4:35pm report
I imagine slaves in antebellum America running from their masters. Perhaps the young son/daughter of a slaveowner running away with their love. Or just more generally, two lovers escaping into the mountains :)
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