The Hunter
Mastodon Lyrics


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All the love I've shown
Given to the ones I've known
All the love I make
Is equal to the love I take
All the life I've known
Given to the life I've shown
Along the way
Free from it all
Breathe in the darkest fall
We laugh and cry through a brother's eyes for now

Through fire embers glow
Haunted I lift the stone
Letting go, your spirit flies

All the love I've shown
Given to the ones I've known
All the love I make
Is equal to the love I take
Life is brief as
Be careful for what you ask
Along the way

Free from it all
Breathe in the darkest fall
We laugh and cry through a brother's eyes for now

Through fire embers glow
Haunted I lift the stone
Letting go your spirit flies

His thorns are on the road
His thorns are on the road

In the morning light
The sparrow flies
When the moon devours us
The planet dies

Free from it all
Breathe in the darkest fall
We laugh and cry through a brother's eyes for now

Through fire embers glow




Haunted I lift the stone
Letting go your spirit flies

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Mastodon's The Hunter contemplate the ideas of love, giving, and taking. The opening lines, "all the love I've shown / given to the ones I've known / all the love I make / is equal to the love I take," highlight the idea that love is a cyclical force, that what you give is equal to what you receive. The phrase "life is brief" in the fourth verse suggests the importance of making the most of our time and being careful what we ask for, "along the way." While the song is mellow and reflective, the chorus ("Free from it all / Breathe in the darkest fall...") offers a sense of liberation, and encourages us to experience our joy and pain together, "through a brother's eyes for now."


The guitar-heavy music is the signature Mastodon sound, with heavy riffs and changing rhythms that add energy to the reflective tone of the lyrics. The song ends with the phrase, "his thorns are on the road" repeated several times. While the meaning of this phrase is open to interpretation, it suggests that life is not without its challenges, and that we must be conscious of the potential dangers ahead. Overall, the song offers an introspective look at love, life, and mortality, and emphasizes the cyclical nature of these forces.


Line by Line Meaning

All the love I've shown
I have given all my love to those I've known


Given to the ones I've known
I have given my love to the people I have known


All the love I make
The love I create


Is equal to the love I take
It is the same amount as the love I receive


All the life I've known
The time that I have lived


Given to the life I've shown
Given towards what I choose to do with that time


Along the way
During my journey


Free from it all
I am unencumbered by attachment


Breathe in the darkest fall
I inhale the depths of despair


We laugh and cry through a brother's eyes for now
For the time being, we experience life together


Through fire embers glow
Amidst the flames, there is a light


Haunted I lift the stone
I am burdened by something heavy and difficult to bear


Letting go, your spirit flies
When you release the weight you carry, you become free


Life is brief as
Existence is short-lived


Be careful for what you ask
Be mindful of what you wish for


His thorns are on the road
There are obstacles in his path


In the morning light
As the sun rises


The sparrow flies
A bird takes flight


When the moon devours us
When forces beyond us consume our being


The planet dies
The world as we know it ceases to exist




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: BRANN TIMOTHY DAILOR, TROY JAYSON SANDERS, WILLIAM BREEN KELLIHER, WILLIAM BRENT HINDS

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@emmanuila7747

All the love I've shown
And given to the ones I've known
All the love I make
Is equal to the love I take
All the life I've known
And given to the life I've shown
Along the way

[Chorus: Troy Sanders]
Free from it all
Breathe in the darkest fall
We laugh and cry through a brother's eyes for now
Through fire embers' glow
Haunted, I lift the stone
Letting go, your spirit flies

[Verse 2: Brent Hinds]
All the love I've shown
Given to the ones I've known
All the love I make
Is equal to the love I take
Life is brief as
Be careful for what you ask
Along the way

[Chorus]
Free from it all
Breathe in the darkest fall
We laugh and cry through a brother's eyes for now
Through fire embers' glow
Haunted, I lift the stone
Letting go, your spirit flies

His thorns are on the road
His thorns are on the road

In the morning light
The sparrow flies
When the moon devours us
The planet dies

[Chorus]
Free from it all
Breathe in the darkest fall
We laugh and cry through a brother's eyes for now
Through fire embers' glow
Haunted, I lift the stone
Letting go, your spirit flies



All comments from YouTube:

@Hola-tq4pg

If this is supposed to be their worst album then what a hell of a discography they have

@turboturtlehead

So true

@sivadepilif

Worst for whom don't understand nothing about music.

@ivanyiattila3547

The Sparrow is one of their best songs!

@soakedbearrd

Their worst album is their first.

@Hola-tq4pg

@soakedbearrd hell no, Remission is extremely underrated

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@SplinteredX

The Hunter is such a fucking underrated album

@bechtel35

this song brings a tear to my eye and it feels good. Like how you feel good about nearly missing an accident. You are sad for what couldve been but happy for your avoidance.

@jakelamont9019

I don't see how it's their worst album, I've loved the entire album since I first heard the whole thing. 

@someguy2858

It's their best album. It offered the frantic heaviness of Remission, the thrashiness of Leviathan, the Earthy crunchiness of Blood Mountain and the Proggy tastiness of Crack the Skye in one perfect offering of musical beauty.

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