What does At The Hundredth Meridian mean?

Search Login

The Tragically Hip: At The Hundredth Meridian Meaning

Tagged:

No tags, suggest one.

At The Hundredth Meridian Lyrics

Me debunk an American myth?
And take my life in my hands?
Where the Great Plains begin at the hundredth meridian
At the hundredth meridian where the Great Plains begin

Driving down a corduroy road,
Weeds standing shoulder high
Ferris wheel is...

  1.  

    Bella_M
    click a star to vote
    Jun 3rd, 2019 6:00pm report


    I always interpreted this song to be about the violation of sacred First Nations gravesites and of their rights as human beings in general in the name of colonialism. "If I die of vanity, promise me to bury me someplace I don't want to be " and " dig me up and transport me unceremoniously" referring to the unearthing ancient remains from their proper burial location to somewhere else, determined by people who did not know them, and do not understand, acknowledge, or follow their culture, religion, or customs. The Raven figured prominently in the beliefs of First Nations people, and I see the line about one carrying a "muddy old skull" being another reference to the desecration of ancient burial grounds. The "whistling its' approval" would be white settlers and the rest of society, happy to see buildings erected, roads paved, etc. atop sacred land. "Whispers of disease" - well, the majority of First Nations peoples were annihilated by diseases brought from Europe. "Acts of enormity" - massacres, War, theft, residential schools, what atrocities were not committed against First Nations.

    I haven't found this interpretation anywhere else on the internet, which isn't to say it isn't there, but I haven't seen it if it is. I haven't heard it or read it anywhere else either. Maybe everybody will think I'm crazy but I really think I'm right.



  2.  

    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Aug 20th, 2016 8:38pm report


    Located near Neepawa Manitoba the 100th meridian



  3.  

    anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Mar 9th, 2016 3:17am report


    The 100th meridian west is considered the dividing line between Eastern and Western Canada, "Where the Great Plains begin."

    The Canadian prairies (comprised of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta to the Rocky mountains) have a culture that's distinct from other areas, and there is a definite divide between East and West. The song has a feel of flat, expansive land ("hard, huge, and haunted") that holds memories of Western legends like the buffalo. The opening like ("debunk an American myth") points out that this is legend, not fact, and the prairies have changed over time.

    There is also a book called "Beyond the 100th Meridian," about an American explorer, so there could be references to that.




More The Tragically Hip song meanings ยป


 


Submit Your Interpretation

[ want a different song? ]






Just Posted

The Heart Won't Lie anonymous
The Greatest anonymous
One Man Band anonymous
Touch It anonymous
Sweet Little Lies anonymous
Controlla anonymous
Let Me Be Myself anonymous
Zero anonymous
What is Life anonymous
All Things Must Pass anonymous
It's All Understood anonymous
This Years Love anonymous
New anonymous
Saving Amy anonymous
Twist anonymous

Get a weekly email update

(We won't give out your email)

Latest Releases

Almost Maybes
Jordan Davis
Never Have I Ever
Danielle Bradbery
I Called Mama
Tim McGraw
Senior Year
Drew Baldridge
Bloody Valentine
Machine Gun Kelly
Hero
Weezer
Pain 1993
Drake
Zoo York
Lil Tjay