Lazy Will The Loam Come From Its Hiding

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The Decemberists. Photo Cred: NY Daily

The bridge in the Decemberists’ song “Don’t Carry It All” is apparently a reference to a funeral for a boy or a young man. The lines go [1]:

A there a wreath of trillium and ivy

Laid upon the body of a boy

Lazy will the loam come from its hiding

And return this quiet searcher to the soil

The “loam” is generally defined as “a type of soil that is good for growing plants.” These lines strike me as perhaps the saddest but most optimistic of elegies. Because the things we lose, no mater how precious, if we can let them go, become the soil for new things to grow out of.

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NOTES

[1] From the Decemberists website

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