LegatoI used to think this was about WW1 especially with the lyrics "They're picking allies" and "with the poison cannonballs." Both of these seem to be misheard to me though cause the lyrics most people consider correct by an overwhelming margin say they actually say "they're picking out our eyes" and "with the poise of a cannonball". I still don't think that necessarily means its not about ww1, but it seems much more vague and not specific to ww1 imagery. I dont know if this is about Leningrad like mentioned above, but I imagine if Colin Meloy said thats what it is about then I must oblige. Im curious if he said something on the matter. I would think he would have somewhere at some point.
Mark from Austin, TxI love The Decemberists and this song, but...um...it kinda sounds exactly like Kashmir by Led Zeppelin. The first time I heard it, I thought they were covering Zeppelin. Another song on the album, The Perfect Crime, sounds almost exactly like Life During Wartime by the Talking Heads. (Mainly the riff at the beginning.)
Rustin from Waco, Tx"The last great book I read was Hunger by Elise Blackwell. It's about the siege of Leningrad in World War II, and there was a botanical institute. During the siege, which lasted a long time, the entire population were starving, but all of the botanists in the institute swore themselves to protect the catalog of seeds and plants and things, from not only a starving population, but also from themselves. It's pretty amazing. I actually ended up writing "When the War Came", a song on the new record, about that." - Colin Meloy
Stephens Stills played timbales on the Bee Gees hit, "You Should Be Dancing." He was in the next door studio laying down a Crosby, Stills and Nash album and could hear Saturday Night Fever being recorded. Stills recognized its potential to be a monster hit and he wanted to contribute.