Song Explanation: “It Was A Dark & Stormy Night”

"It Was A Dark and Stormy Night" by Five Iron Frenzy (2011)

This is the ninth of several blog posts explaining the songs we wrote on Engine of A Million Plots. The ninth song on the list is “It Was A Dark & Stormy Night.” You can find the words to the song and Reese’s explanation below. Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments. And don’t forget the original disclaimer of this series. If one of these songs means something completely different to you than what Reese says, that’s probably the better explanation. 

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Five Iron Frenzy: “It Was A Dark & Stormy Night” 

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It Was A Dark And Stormy Night

It was a dark and stormy night last night,
bitter dark.
Rain fell in torrents,
stabbing it’s ghosts through the cold,
and straight through our hearts.

I’ve been waiting,
in halfhearted sleep,
For a promise I half meant to keep.
Just for hoping that hope still flies.
Wipe the sleep out of our sleeping eyes.

Fog that is lifting,
the spectre of dreams we once had,
speaks into the night.
Slumber is over,
sunlight is streaming through
come into the light.

I know,
Hope has not forgotten me.
I know,
I’m waking from the longest dream.

Explanation from Reese Roper:

This was the first song we wrote with the new band. Scott and I emailed back and forth for months, trying to nail down a method for our new songwriting. The new band had to tread lightly on the Christianity, and as I explained in Into Your Veins, to not say something dishonest. I seriously wrote about 18 versions of this, hated them all, and when I got to New York to record it for our Kickstarter- REWROTE THE ENTIRE SONG IN THE CAR, on the way to the studio. My workaround for making a song be about God but keeping it cryptic enough for our Atheist friends, was to capitalize the word Hope. Yeah, that’s right, my mom was an English teacher. Here’s the joke that goes with that: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_was_a_dark_and_stormy_night

What better way to Kickstart a band, than by writing a song about coming back from a long sleep? That, some really good survival skills, and a couple of spoonfuls of mayonnaise – and yeah, hope really does still fly.

11 Comments

  1. You know, when I first heard this song, I thought you (Reese) were talking about a promise to keep to the fans to write music again.

    Either way, I love it. Keep Theology in your music. Thats what makes it timeless.

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  2. Hmm… so just for kicks I went and downloaded Paul Clifford to my kindle (free of course).

    Anyway, thanks for these. They’re fun.

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  3. I still refer to the song as “Hope Still Flies” 🙂

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  4. I think the song was awesome, but it also shows that this is a different five iron frenzy. I really hope that the discrete Christianity doesn’t mean you will stop making songs like every new day.

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  5. I love when you guys honor God in your music. It is actually the reason I initially started listening to you way back when. I also love how you aren’t afraid to call out those who claim Christianity or use it as an excuse to do things Jesus would never condone. Thank you guys for being awesome!

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  6. Hi, I’m Nate, long time listener, first time commenter; when I first saw the little teasers you guys posted and announcements of FIF’s return, I nearly soiled myself. It seemed too good to be true. Five Iron was my band. I had every CD and even purchased the cassette tape of Upbeats and Beatdowns when you guys played in Michigan. I’ve been down since day one.

    By the time you broke up, I had the pleasure of seeing you perform 3 times. Every show was a blast and I remember them fondly. I was saddened by your departure, but had faith that God would use your talents and personalities elsewhere to further His Kingdom.

    I loosely followed the band members’ side projects and other career paths (not a stalker, I promise) and prayed for the band as a whole from time to time. My other favorite Christian bands were disappearing, the ones who I felt a strong connection to, were “slowly going the way of the buffalo” and abandoning their faith. I was pleased to find out some of you were still serving the Lord.

    When you did emerge from your hiatus, I was giddy to say the least. When FIF played Royal Oak Music theatre upon their return, I was from and center. I met Reese outside as he was being interviewed before the show and was briefly filmed as we met each other. Inside I met Leanor and felt like we were old pals. I picked up the Rise and Fall DVD and even shed a few tears. I’ve had t-shirts, stickers and various FIF swag over the years, supporting my favorite band.

    Long story short, you guys came back at just the right time; God’s timing is funny like that. I don’t relate much to today’s music, I like something sincere with a kick. Yes, Hope indeed does still fly, and tonight… We own the skies.

    God bless,
    N8 M.

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    • You’re that guy! That was the best so-called video bomb ever haha

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  7. I absolutely love this song, but this explanation is incredibly disappointing. When you said “Tread lightly on the Christianity.” That crossed the line for me. Why should you have to tread lightly? If you have respect for atheists, thy should have respect if you write christian songs. Luke 9:26 says “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.”

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    • Read the explanation for “Into Your Veins”, paying careful attention to the parts concerning his sense of honesty and love for his friends.

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  8. I was just curious about about the phrase “I’m waking from the longest dream.” Is it all a reference to Keith Green’s song, “Your Love Broke through?”

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    • *at all

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