I SEE FIRE
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"I See Fire by Ed Sheeran"
Oh, misty eye of the mountain below
Keep careful watch of my brothers' souls
And should the sky be filled with fire and smoke
Keep watching over Durin's son

If this is to end in fire
Then we should all burn together
Watch the flames climb high into the night
Calling out for the rope, sent by and we will
Watch the flames burn on and on the mountain side hey

And if we should die tonight
Then we should all die together
Raise a glass of wine for the last time
Calling out for the rope
Prepare as we will
Watch the flames burn on and on the mountain side
Desolation comes upon the sky

Now I see fire, inside the mountain
I see fire, burning the trees
And I see fire, hollowing souls
And I see fire, blood in the breeze
And I hope that you'll remember me

Oh, should my people fall
Then surely I'll do the same
Confined in mountain halls
We got too close to the flame
Calling out father hold fast and we will
Watch the flames burn on and on the mountain side
Desolation comes upon the sky

Now I see fire, inside the mountain
I see fire, burning the trees
And I see fire, hollowing souls
And I see fire, blood in the breeze
And I hope that you'll remember me

And if the night is burning
I will cover my eyes
For if the dark returns then
My brothers will die
And as the sky's falling down
It crashed into this lonely town
And with that shado
w upon the ground
I hear my people screaming out

Now I see fire, inside the mountain
I see fire, burning the trees
And I see fire, hollowing souls
And I see fire, blood in the breeze

I see fire, oh you know I saw a city burning (fire)
And I see fire, feel the heat upon my skin (fire)
And I see fire (fire)
LYRICS
Sheeran's song is based on Peter Jackson's film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but there's more to the song than just the description of fire.

1) Oh, misty eye of the mountain below / Keep careful watch of my brother's souls / And should the sky be filled with fire and smoke / Keep watching over Durins sons

I actually read this song as a sort of prayer. The misty eye of the mountain below is the god Sheeran addresses. The mountain has a heart (the Arkenstone), so why shouldn't it have an eye, as well? Throughout The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, eyes are a fairly important symbol. Both Sauron and Smaug,
the primary villains of the two tales, have noteable flame-colored eyes. The Lonely Mountain to which this song refers does not have a fiery eye, but a misty one. While the other eyes ability (Sauron's in particular) to see all is a reason for fear, the singer of this song calls for the mountains eye to see all and draws hope from it. It's interesting that Sheeran would have the words misty and mountain in the same line, since there is a range called Misty Mountains in Middle Earth, but if I recall correctly, that's the range where Bilbo finds the ring, not where Smaug lives. I don't really know why he says the eye of the mountain is below, so any thoughts on that are welcome.

Also, I believe this part of the song is from the perspective of Bard, the eventual leader of Lake-town. He asks the mountain to keep careful watch of [his] brother's souls, his brothers being the people of Laketown. If Smaug poses a threat to them or the dwarves, Bard also hopes the mountain will keep
watching over Durin's sons,or protecting the dwarves. While Bard and Thorin have their disagreements, theyre both willing to do anything for the people they lead. Both Lake-town and the dwarves (plus one hobbit) unite against the fire.

2) If this is to end in fire / Then we should all burn together / Watch the flames climb high into the night / Calling out father, oh, stand by and we will / Watch the flames burn auburn on / The mountain side high

As I said before, a major theme of this song is how trials prompt unity. If the fire comes for them, they will all burn together. The song is a sort of disheartening battle cry. They will watch the flames, bravely standing together in the face of certain death. The idea of them calling out father also implies that their hope centers around a god of some sort, reinforcing my belief that the song is a prayer, much like a psalm. The auburn color of the flames is also important, as it paints them as beautiful, albeit destructive. Auburn is a reddish-brown color. I think the color is normally too brown to associate with flames, but the film was so dark in lighting and mood, it works in this case. Sheeran may also be playing with the word a little bit, since it has the word burn in it. Before looking up the lyrics, I actually thought the line was watch the flames burn on, burn on rather than burn auburn on. In any case, it sounds beautiful, particularly when sung by Sheeran.

3) And if we should die tonight / We should all die together / Raise a glass of wine for the last time / Calling out father, oh, / Prepare as we will / Watch the flames burn auburn on / The mountain side

Yet again there's a sense of camaraderie in that they plan to die together. In drinking a glass of wine for the last time,I associate them with Jesus and his disciples at The Last Supper, where they ate before Jesus parted. This time, though, all of them prepare to die. Again they call out father and instruct him to prepare,perhaps meaning for him to prepare a place in the afterlife as they watch the flames.

4) Desolation comes upon the sky

Desolation is defined both as a state of complete destruction and a state of anguish, misery, or loneliness. The word refers to the destruction-both physical and emotional-Smaug can cause. It's particularly powerful in this context because the film off which Sheeran based the lyrics is the second in the series, titled The Desolation of Smaug.

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