|Written by||Joe Hawley|
|Appears on||Hawaii: Part II|
|Sung by||Joe Hawley|
This song was originally conceptualized during Tally Hall's Good & Evil writing phase. It might have been played once or twice live during the band's residency at Union Hall in Brooklyn during the month of February 2009, but nowhere else. The demo version of the track is similar to the final version.
When asked on the 2018 Reddit AMA how Bora got the piano tone during the bridge section he replied:
"I recorded the piano part first. Then I played that recording through my speakers, pointing directly at my piano strings. Leaving a barbell on the sustain pedal to keep them resonating, I recorded the piano strings as the speakers played the piano part."
The "all for nothing at all" segment in this song is in reference to a song entitled All or Nothing at All, most famously performed by Frank Sinatra.
This song refers to a lot of lore around the fae courts, (fairies), the erlking name refers to the king of the fairies, known for stealing the souls of children. Specifically he only appears to someone who is about to die and only them. Which makes sense as to why he found the forest and she found the erlking. There’s a lot more here involving the fountain of infinite mirrors and how it all related back to murder, but if the legends of the fae are true, invoking the name of them many times here is sure to get me killed but it’s super interesting to look into and I highly recommended it.
He was in the forest looking to see the trees But none were there He found a girl She found the Erlking They were in the white wood Gamboling out to picnic In the light leaves broke above Then fell below I was in the middle ground Looking to find the Flowers in the garden Wearying of the hate me hate me not Wait they forgot Woe oh the rot Deeper in they crept Oblivious of the bears and darker terrors Or none were there How did they dare I was in the middle ground Looking to find the Fountain of infinite mirror Tree falling no one would hear Shadow of nobody there Murders of murderers living in fear of it Owls on the night watch Solemn and easily wise to what we thought They thought above Sound broke below They were in the black wood Coveting indiscreetly her for him Or him for her Shown what they were I was in the middle ground Looking to find the Fountain of infinite mirror Tree falling no one would hear Shadow of nobody there Murders of murderers living in fear of it I was in the clearing Buzzing around to hearing but the Bees & birds who knew the words Soon arrived the twilight Finally the night & day remembered How they came to be All for nothing at all All for nothing at all With something to do I was in the forest looking to see the trees But none were there