Old Music Tuesdays: He Is Legend trilogy
People seemed to enjoy my Metallica post, so I’ve added another one this week.
The following is He Is Legend’s China White trilogy. He Is Legend is a bit more obscure than Metallica; they were a post-hardcore/Southern hardcore band from North Carolina, active from 2003-2009 and have been on hiatus since 2010. The name comes from Richard Matheson’s book, I Am Legend.
Many of He Is Legend’s songs have lyrics about fantastical elements, and the China White trilogy is no exception. China white is a nickname for heroin, but I don’t believe the songs are about drugs. The best interpretation I’ve heard is that part one is about a stalker who plans on murdering a beautiful woman and burying her in his rose garden so her remains will come back as a rose. Part II is a dialog between the murderer and the victim, and part III is the aftermath. Perhaps the title, China White, is a reference to the murderer’s addiction to the young woman.
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He Is Legend’s China White Trilogy
China White (From 2004’s I Am Hollywood)
Why won’t it rain
They need the water
They’ll die faster than you
I’m not in pain
I’ve got my flowers
I am your gardener!
China White II (from 2006’s Suck Out the Poison)
“Oh, please come hold me.”
said the woman all covered in leaves.
“He’s come again.
The man with the roses
that grow from his hands.”
I’m your gardener.
China White III (from 2009’s It Hates You)
Our land is so terribly dry,
and we see no crop without the raindrops
Only the weeds will survive,
and keep our seeds from thriving
Will we ever see the spring?
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