"[A]s far I'm concerned, the songs are almost completely lyric driven."
-Dan Messe, Crud Magazine, 13 March 2002
This meanings section is a collection of quotes from band members about the meanings behind their song lyrics, album titles, and band name. Songs can and do mean different things to different people, but I think it's interesting to know the inspiration behind songs. Meanings for the cover songs aren't about song content so much as what spurred the band to record them.
Click on a title to jump to its meaning. Click here for lyrics to all of Hem's songs.
Click on the small image next to each Rabbit Songs title to see the picture that illustrated that song at Hem's original rabbitsongs.com website, since redesigned. The pictures are similiar to those used in the Rabbit Songs liner notes, but they're all different and all non-instrumental tracks include snippets of lyrics.
Hem (not as in a song but as in the band's name)
Rabbit Songs (the album title)
All That I'm Good For
Betting On Trains
Burying Song
The Cuckoo
Half Acre
Idle (The Rabbit Song)
Lazy Eye
Leave Me Here
Lord, Blow The Moon Out Please
Night Like A River
Polly's Dress
Stupid Mouth Shut
When I Was Drinking
I'm Talking With My Mouth (the EP title)
A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
Living Without You
(Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
Valentine's Day
Eveningland (the album title)
A-Hunting We Will Go
The Beautiful Sea
Carry Me Home
Cincinnati Traveler
Dance With Me, Now Darling
An Easy One
Eveningland (the song)
The Fire Thief
My Father's Waltz
Now The Day Is Over
Pacific Street
Birds, Beasts, & Flowers (the EP title)
Half Acre
Pacific Street
St. Charlene
A Winter's Night
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
No Word From Tom (the album title)
All That I'm Good For
All The Pretty Horses
The Beautiful Sea
Betting On Trains
Cincinnati Traveler
The City And The Traveler
Crazy Arms
The Golden Day Is Dying
Idle (The Rabbit Song)
Lazy Eye
Oh No
The Present
Radiation Vibe
Rainy Night In Georgia
So. Central Rain
Tennessee Waltz
Funnel Cloud (the album title)
Almost Home
The Burnt Over District
Funnel Cloud (the song)
Great Houses Of New York
He Came To Meet Me
Hotel Fire
I'll Dream Of You Tonight
Not California
Old Adam
The Pills Stopped Working
Too Late To Turn Back Now
We'll Meet Along The Way
Home Again, Home Again
Half Acre
Half Asleep
Home Again
The Meeting Place
The Part Where You Let Go
While My Hand Was Letting Go
Departure And Farewell (the album title)
Bird Song
Departure And Farewell (the song)
Gently Down The Stream
The Jackpine
Last Call
Seven Angels
So Long
Things Are Not Perfect In Our Yard
Walking Past The Graveyard, Not Breathing

Do you have additional song meanings information? I'd love to know!