In the Woods Somewhere
Hozier Lyrics


Her head was warm
Her skin was soaked
I called your name 'til the fever broke

When I awoke
The moon still hung
The night so black that the darkness hummed

I raised myself
My legs were weak
I prayed my mind be good to me

An awful noise
Filled the air
I heard a scream in the woods somewhere

A woman's voice!
I quickly ran
Into the trees with empty hands

A fox it was
He shook afraid
I spoke no words, no sound he made

His bone exposed
His hind was lame
I raised a stone to end his pain

What caused the wound?
how large the teeth?
I sure knew eyes were watching me

The creature lunged
I turned and ran
To save a life I didn't have

Deer in the chase
There as I flew
Forgot all prayers of joining you

I clutched my life
And wished it kept
My dearest love I'm not done yet

How many years
I know I'll bear
I found something in the woods somewhere

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horohorosrin

@Oliver Fougere Traditional folklore of closed groups is not "an idea that can be used by anyone."

It is not yours. Y'all have been asked not to. The link above, and the fact that you haven't acknowledged them, prove that this is a bad-faith argument. Just because you're white and you like it doesn't mean you get to take it and use it. Make your own. Quit throwing tantrums when the people whose cultures have these folklore beings in them won't let you have them. You don't always get what you want.

All you have to do is google "Wendigo appropriation" to see Native American voices weighing in, literal articles and academic papers and books written on this subject, but you won't, because you never intended to listen to them.

And then google "Cinderella black" and see how quickly it becomes apparent that y'all know precisely what the opposite side of the "let's take this cultural being in folklore and make it something else," is like, except no, because Cinderella isn't even fucking culturally important or HAS to be white to be what she is, so it's not even the same, but it's enough to prove that you clowns know precisely what is meant when you're told something isn't yours to change. Because you sure have a problem with people trying to change shit you think is yours. She's not even culturally or religiously significant and the same ones of you who want to steal Native American culture and practices and insist it's free for anyone STILL throw tantrums about her and act like "triggered snowflakes KEK."

So you can miss me with the bad faith bullshit where everything that is white is white, and everything that isn't will be whitewashed by any means.



Oliver Fougere

@horohorosrin Would you mind providing a specific example?

Also, you seem to be putting words in my mouth, I never said anything about the Wendigo being "mine".

I simply said it's an Idea, a type, one that can be used by anyone.

What your doing is essential like asking Japanese Animimators to not portray Anericans, as fat, gun obsessed, uber-greedy, imperialists.

Or asking China to maybe stop copying the Thailand's homework by committing actual, tangible, systemic racism in the form of Genocide.

Actually, y'know what, fuck this, fuck you*, and fuck the Wendigo, I'm gonna go do something useful with my time, like reminding people that while we're sitting our assess, people are getting *fucking exterminated over in China.

You're not worth the time.



Macie H

LYRICS

My head was warm
My skin was soaked.
I called your name 'til the fever broke

When I awoke
The moon still hung
The night so black that the darkness hums

I raised myself
My legs were weak
I prayed my mind be good to me

An awful noise
Filled the air
I heard a scream in the woods somewhere

A woman's voice
I quickly ran
Into the trees with empty hand’s

A fox it was
He shook afraid
I spoke no words, no sound he made

His bone exposed
His hind was lame
I raised a stone to end his pain

What caused the wound
how large the teeth
I saw new eyes were watching me

The creature lunged
I turned and ran
To save a life I didn't have

Deer in the chase
There as I flew
Forgot all prayers of joining you
I clutched my life
And wished it kept
My dearest love I'm not done yet
How many years
I know I'll bear
I found something in the woods somewhere



fish

A girl cursed to become a werewolf.
"I called your name till the fever broke" - old legend states if you say a werewolf's name they return to human form.
The process of becoming a werewolf is extremely painful, thus the scream he heard.
"A women's voice, I quickly ran"
He hears her screaming his name, and he goes to help her.
She injures a fox, and that's who he finds, but the werewolf does not recognize her love in this form.
"How large the teeth?"
He runs. He knows the secret she hid.
"New eyes were watching me"
He recognizes that this creature is not his love. That she is gone in this form.
"Forgot all prayers of joining you"
He had known she was suffering, and had followed her before to help. He now realizes why he shouldnt have come.
"My dearest love, I'm not done yet"
He knows shes needs him. But hes not done trying to help her.



A lil’ Daisy

BROOO THANKS TO BILL I THINK I FIGURED OUT “IN THE WOODS SOMEWHERE”!
If you’ve never heard this song do not read this form your own opinion first THEN consider others. You don’t need to have a “theory” for this song either if you just enjoy its vibe. (This is also just life advice too you’re welcome.)
The fever, fox, beast, and chase are a metaphor for someone dying, the main character watching this happen, going through the five stages of grief, and how he fights off depression. (This could also be seen as him hearing the scream, it reminding him of his lost love, him projecting that pain onto this fox, and him still running from the metaphorical beast of depression after confronting through the fox.)
The main character (who we’ll say is Hozier just cause it’s easiest) lost a loved one. If we assume he goes through a normal progression of DABDA(Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance), he describes Denial, Anger, and Bargaining in the beginning with the fever/sickness.
-“my head was warm” Anger
-“I called your name til the fever broke” bargaining/general grief, his life now being centric around this person that’s no longer there
-“When I awoke...a night so black that the darkness hummed.” Coming out of the first three stages and entering the “night” of depression
-“I raised myself, my legs were weak. I prayed my mind be good to me.” Knowing he’s not doing well but keeping on living though he feels weak/no purpose.
After entering depression, he begins to think more and more about how it happens, and here the metaphor “fox” begins to take shape.
-“an awful noise filled the air. I heard a scream...” seeing and hearing someone’s agony but feeling disconnected from it, almost guilty that you can’t help, but it still hurts you.
-“I heard a scream in the woods somewhere.” The cause of the “scream”, it’s owner, and meaning veiled by the forest.
-“A woman’s voice...with empty hands.” Repetition of his helpless feeling but want to help.
-“a fox it was, he shook afraid. I spoke no words, no sound he made.” Seeing this person afraid of their own death, both not wanting to discuss it because of their fears.
-“his bone exposed, his hind was lame.” Description of the details of the persons suffering that plague him.
-“I raised a stone, to end his pain.” Thinking that he almost wished he could have taken the persons life to “end their pain” and show them both mercy. (He never said if he actually did it though)
-“What caused the wound? How large the teeth? I saw new eyes were watching me.” Seeing this person going through DABDA before passing, and knowing he would go through it himself.
-“The creature lunged. I turned and ran to save a life I didn’t have.” The “beast” of depression comes for him, threatening his life. He makes the decision in that moment that even though he was about to fall off the edge (“...a life I didn’t have.”), that he valued his life and wanted to keep going.
The lyrical crux of this song is also the story telling/metaphor crux, as he decides to keeping living in this verse.
-“Deer in the chase...Forgot all prayers of joining you.” He’s actively running from depression (“deer” could also be interpreted as plural, meaning the family of the deceased person or just other people that he’s seeing/seen go through this or even mimicking his lovers “run” from their death/fear/DABDA), and has stopped wishing he could “join” this person in the after life.
-“I clutched my life, and wished it kept. My dearest love, I’m not done yet.” He’s learned the value of his life, wants to keep it, and addresses his love, but now his life is about him instead of mourning them. This could also be interpreted as “I’m going to keep on living for the person who passed/they’d want me to be happy.”
-“how many years I know I’ll bear.” ‘Even though it may suck to keep living, and I don’t know how long, I’ll bear it and keep going.’
-“I found something in the woods somewhere.” Roll credits. A different and resolved version of the statement that sent him into action, this line ends the song and thus the story. The “something” he found was a will to keep on going, even though he doesn’t really process it that way yet, and if he does, doesn’t want to say it because he’s still hurting in other ways(reaching Acceptance in DABDA doesn’t mean that you stop hurting, you’ve just accepted what had happened and have moved on from it, though many still feel a great deal of emotional pain around it, but the main source of hurt is gone). The reason he says “in the woods somewhere”: when we all heard it, we initially went “oooo mysterious!” Exactly. He doesn’t specify which wood, nor where in the woods. Just that he found something there. The point being that it doesn’t matter where one finds solace after experiencing grief, but it will be found.
Lastly: the sound of the song (besides being _superb_) has a constant 1 2, 1 2, 1 2, 1 2 3 all the way through. This is reminiscent of a heart beat, the only thing driving Hozier through this depression. Followed by the hard hitting *1 2 3*, which is jarring and powerful, just like the threat of the beast following him, looming over his should, exactly like depression. They only get a few heartbeats before it’s there, pressing down on them again.
(Sorry I have to or this is incomplete) This has been my TEd Talk.



Sarah D

Man, the first few stanzas of this really remind me of the beginning of breath of the wild.

My head was warm
My skin was soaked.
I called your name 'til the fever broke

When I awoke
The moon still hung.
The night so black that the darkness hummed

I raised myself
My legs were weak
I prayed my mind be good to me

See what I mean?



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Memoriam Victoriam

There’s actually an interview where he talks about being a boy in ye olde Ireland and the first time he heard a fox mating sound (which sounds like a woman/child screaming) he was so scared he dropped his flashlight (thus the empty hands line) and ran into the woods to help whoever was screaming-only to find two foxes going at it...

lizzie the witch

I mean, I live in London and it still scares the crap out of me when I hear them all screaming in the night

Feduaura

This, this is it. I heard it for the very first time when I was adult and I swear to God and Goddess, I was.so.damned.scared. I thought that some woman was raping on the street or someone was beating, but I looked around and didn't see anything happening. The next day my housemate explained to me that it were foxes O_O.
Btw, I'm on Facebook in 'When We All Lived In The Forest' group and I post there songs related to woods/nature, can I post your explanatory comment too?

Mr. Turtle

visceral screaming noises people who live there " foxes are gettin at it again : /"
dude literally getting murdered and screaming for help-

gracie

@No- body goddamnit

calculatrguy

what does the fox say?

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Lisa

Imagine... Hozier and AURORA working together

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And imagine hozier and Taylor

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with florence and the machine chefs kiss

Hermione Granger

OHH GODDD

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