The Tain (Parts I, II, III, IV, V) Lyrics - The Decemberists



Review The Song (8)


PART I

crone: here upon this pillow
made of reed and willow
you're a fickle little twister
are you sweet on your sister?
your phallo won't leave you alone.

and granted for their pleasure
possesions laid to measure
she's a salty little pisser
with your cock in her kisser
but now she's a will of her own.

PART II

husband: damn your ankles and eyes wide
from you fingernails to your ponytails too.
king of the insects and the m-5
over charlemagne in a motorcade too.

and baby needs a new prize
baby needs a new and shiny prize.

captain: in this place called heavenly
you were born here.
this place called heavenly
you were born here.
you were born here.

husband: and now all the marchers descend from high
i will dedicate all of my awakenings to this.

and damn all the angles that oppress my sight
i will bleed your heart through a samovar soon.

captain: in this place called heavenly
you were born here.
this place called heavenly
you were born here.
you were born here.

PART III

soldier: they settled dust in your hair
to watch you shake and shout it out.
with our armaments bared
we shed our bags and travel alls.

from the lee of the wall
he comes in the chang and the chariot
and all his eunuchs in thrall
can scarce lift his line and lariat.

here com loose his hounds
to blow me down.

chorus of waifs: blow me down.

soldier: on this stretch of ground
i'll lay me down.

chorus of waifs: lay me down.

soldier: to sleep.

chaplain: and now stricken with pangs
that tear at our backs like thistle down
the mirror's soft silver tain
reflects our last and birthing hour

soldier: here com loose his hounds
to blow me down.

chorus of waifs: blow me down.

soldier: on this stretch of ground
i'll lay me down.

chorus of waifs: lay me down.

soldier: to sleep.

PART IV

evening

widow: o the wind is blowing, it hurts your skin
as you climb up hillside, forest and fen.

your arms full of lullabies, orchids and wine
your memories wrapped within paper and twine.

the room that you lie in is dusty and hard
sleeping soft babies on piles of yards
of gingham, taffeta, cotton and silk
your dry hungry mouths cry for your mother's milk.

when the dawn commes to greet you, you'll rise with clothes on
and advance with the others, singing old songs
of cattle and maidens and withered old queens.
let the music carry you on.

the room that you lie in is dusty and hard
sleeping soft babies on piles of yards
of gingham, taffeta, cotton and silk
your dry hungry mouths cry for your mother's milk.

PART V

woman: darling dear what have you done?
your clothes are torn, your make-up runs.

daughter: i ran through brambles, blooming thistle
i washed my face in the river when you whistled me on.

woman: darling dear, what hav eyou done?
your hands and face are smeared with blood.

daughter: the chaplain came and called me out
to beat and to butcher his mother's sow

woman: but darling dear, they found him dead
this morning on the riverbed.

but hush now darling, don't you cry.
your reward's in the sweet by-and -by.
hush now baby, don't you cry.
your reward's in the sweet by-and-by.

crone: and now we've seen your powers
softly stretch the hours
you're a fickle little twister
are you sweet on your sister?
as now you go wandering home.





Please Click here to submit the Corrections of The Tain (Parts I, II, III, IV, V) Lyrics
Please Click Here to Print The Tain (Parts I, II, III, IV, V) Lyrics
Thanks to Surealerfreund@googlemail.com for submitting The Tain (Parts I, II, III, IV, V) Lyrics.
Love it. | Reviewer: Chris | 10/5/09

This was the first Decemberists song I ever heard. My friend gave me some music to listen to, and this song caught my attention during part 4. I thought to myself "This is so bizarre... What's it all about?" I read into it and fell in love with Decemberists.



The Tain: Chicago | Reviewer: Karin | 11/5/07

I saw them play on July 15th (16th?) in Chicago at Grant Park, when the played with the CSO, and they played this song in FULL. It was the most amazing, inspiring concert I've ever been to, and it was drizzling a little, which only added to the mood.

The lyrics, music, and varying energy of this song are all so impressive for modern music. The Decemberists are definitely something special and very different.



genius | Reviewer: mlanke | 4/26/07

I also saw them in concert (4/5/07) They rocked so hard. i also got to meet them all and take pics. i froze up unfortunately and only told them a fraction of what i meant to but they were so so nice. i hung out with three of them for a good 30 minutes and just talked, it was great.


o yeh and this song.... sadly they didnt sing it at the show i went to (they played the island in its entirety however)
still to this day one of my favorite songs by them. if you like GOOD music that has substance and staying power, look no further. this is a good song to intro some one to the decemberists.

PS check my youtube vids from the show. user name : Mlanke



Fantastic, of course! | Reviewer: Rachel | 4/11/07

Does this band have a bad song? I had the chance to see them last Tuesday, and they are wonderful. They opened with The Tain, and it seems that the song is even more chilling live than it is recorded. Shocking, eh?
It's almost offensive at first, and so shocking for those who aren't used to The Decemberists's bold usage of words and phrasings. If I ever get the chance to see these guys in concert again, I'll be sure to jump at it, and any of you out there should as well, no matter where your seats are. Also, check out this video (from the concert I attended): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgxijo6Cauo just a little bit of humor!



Best song eveeeer!!!! | Reviewer: luigi | 4/4/07

I saw them play this live this past saturday, it was the second time i saw them live. I met all of them after the show and talked for a couple hours. Chris Funk hugged me and told me he loved me. I got pics with them, www.myspace.com/fuckingpinos



Very Nicely Done | Reviewer: Kelly | 2/28/07

Good job with the lyrics...how do you know who is singing what when it is going back and forth from woman to daughter, soldier to chaplain, etc.? Just wondering, I can't tell.



The Tain | Reviewer: Matthew | 2/10/06

This song is an epic, 18 minute, adventure sung by the wonderful Colin Meloy. The lyrics: Amazing
The vocals: Amazing
The instruments: Amazing
The song overall: Inforkingcredible
I love this song, you should too.



The Tain | Reviewer: piss | 9/13/05

This song is amazing! it's really long though, like 10 minutes. whoa!





The following area is only for review, if you want to submit the lyrics or the corrections of the lyrics, please click the link at the end of The Tain (Parts I, II, III, IV, V) Lyrics.
Your Name:
(Important: Your name will be published if you input it)

Review for The Tain (Parts I, II, III, IV, V) Lyrics
------ Performed by The Decemberists

Please enter a title for your review:

------ 04/19/2014

Type your review in the space below: