June 02, 2002
Carts and Horses, Pearls and Swine

Why It Makes Sense to Bite the Hand that feeds you:

1. Hand bound to betray you eventually. Preemptive strike. Get it before it gets you

Why It Makes Sense to Beat a Dead Horse:

1. Sets an example for other horses. (that might be watching)

And more, and who would say such a thing? Actually, don't answer that.

Posted by at June 02, 2002 08:29 PM
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so what does "Pearls and Swine bereft of me" mean?

Posted by: Marjorie on September 3, 2003 05:24 PM

I'm not sure, and I'm not sure who's askin'

Posted by: Kevin Slavin on September 3, 2003 07:29 PM

But also, those links are stale, because old Mr Morris changed servers. So, for the record insofar as this is one:

Carts and Horses, Pearls and Swine

Why It Makes Sense to Bite the Hand that feeds you:

1. Hand bound to betray you eventually. Preemptive strike. Get it before it gets you

Why It Makes Sense to Beat a Dead Horse:

1. Sets an example for other horses. (that might be watching)

And more, and who would say such a thing? Actually, don't answer that.

Posted by: Kevin Slavin on September 3, 2003 07:42 PM

Just asking-your posting pulled up when I searched the web for Pearls and Swine...I enjoyed your reasoning for the metaphors above, thought you might have more to brighten my day!
Thanks

Posted by: Marjorie on September 4, 2003 11:09 AM

well i'm not sure if this is correct but it could mean that a fortune of some sort was left for you after a person passed away. bereft means to leave in a will. and it makes sense in the audioslave song:

"pearls and swine bereft of me
long and weary my road has been"

Posted by: ryan on December 3, 2003 12:02 AM

Bereft is to leave desolate or alone, especially by death.
“Cry aloud for the man who is dead, for the woman and children bereaved” (Alan Paton).

Not to leave something by will, but rather to strip one of a person, sometimes by death.
I was looking for that myself, but I beleive He is saying that "pearls and swine" have been taken from him.

Now, I am not personally a believer in God, but I found this:

"Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces." (Matthew 7:6).

So I assume the statement, "pearls and swine bereft of me," hold the idea that he was stripped of all; good and bad.
Thats All I can figure out about that.
Yet again all thanks to the Internet.
GL, HF, have Beerrrr...... :)

Posted by: Thomas on January 22, 2004 09:58 PM

I feel like certain threads go out at night while we're sleeping, and bring home strangers. It scares me.

Posted by: Kevin Slavin on January 22, 2004 11:39 PM

i don't think those pearls will ever hit the earth.

Posted by: dbrown on January 23, 2004 09:59 AM

I may have another angle on the Audioslave lyric. From what I understand Chris Cornell and his wife split up after the Soundgarden days. She was his manager and so it is possible that she is the swine that inherited his pearls. His Soundgarden copyright catalog may now belong 1/2 to her - ouch. So she was already making 10-20% as his manager but she took 1/2 of his property during the divorce. It's nasty gossip, but I guess that's what he talking about... If you read the lyrics from that perspective it does make sense.

Posted by: Gregory on May 2, 2004 09:44 PM

pearls and swine bereft of me What about instead of "pearls and swine" being lost from him, it is the p & s that is LOSING him.

The themes I get from the song are freedom from ties and distancing oneself...i don't know, just a thought...

Posted by: harps on July 15, 2004 08:25 PM

Pearls and swine bereft of me...
Meaningful things have been wrongfully taken from him. In the context of the lyrics, it makes sense... "Pearls and swine bereft of me. Long and weary my road has been. I was lost in the cities, alone in the hills. No sorrow or pity for leaving I feel."
I kind of think he is talking about being disappointed about a part of his life or possibly a person in his life. Things have been stripped of him (relationship?). The experience has been a long and lonely journey, and he doesn't have any regrets for leaving.

Posted by: julie on September 12, 2004 11:25 PM

'Pearls of swine bereft of me', through my eyes, can be broken into a couple parts. Casting pearls before swine means giving things to someone who doesn't deserve it. Bereft of me, could be taken as "without me"... so it could be I'm not a pearl of swine... which could mean, I'm something you deserved. That's what I thought :)

Posted by: Scott on March 3, 2005 04:04 PM

Thanks for the commentary!

I was listening to I Am The Highway and trying to understand that first line "Pearls and Swine bereft of me". A quick Google search brought me here. :) Yay Google! I'm not religious (minus perhaps a bit of Google worship), so I didn't realize it was a Bible reference.

Gregory's post regarding Chris Cornell and his wife seems to me like the most likely explanation.

It's some damn good music!

Posted by: Jonathan on June 10, 2005 10:39 AM

Thanks for the commentary!

I was listening to I Am The Highway and trying to understand that first line "Pearls and Swine bereft of me". A quick Google search brought me here. :) Yay Google! I'm not religious (minus perhaps a bit of Google worship), so I didn't realize it was a Bible reference.

Gregory's post regarding Chris Cornell and his wife seems to me like the most likely explanation.

It's some damn good music!

Posted by: Jonathan on June 10, 2005 10:40 AM

The comment refers originally to Gentiles not being worthy or receiving the teachings of Christ. They were refered to as dogs and pigs or swine, because they were unclean (uncircumsized and ate whatever they wanted that wasn't blessed by Rabbis). The words of Jesus were originally meant for Jews not Gentiles, but the Jews refused to accept him as their Mesiah, so he turned his teachings to the Gentiles who accepted him.
Basically, casting pearls before swine, meant that you were offering something clean and beautiful to someone you thought was too stupid minded and foul to accept the offering. You can imagine how that would make you feel.
Here is this great saving message that can make you a better person having recieved it, yet someone thought you would trample it in the ground so offered it to those he thought would accept it... yet... the opposite turned out to be true.
How many times have you wanted a job or a date with someone and they turned you down because they didn't think you were good enough and you thought to yourself... if only someone would give me a chance they'd see that I was just as worthy as anyone else?
Anyway, that's my take on it..

Posted by: bj on January 17, 2006 10:02 AM
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