"Near and Far" artwork by Sean Chiki
In “Near and Far” Forest Boy is being sung to by the spirits of Hobbitozz, who are mentioned in the previous song "Hobbitozz ... The Land That
Never Was." Perhaps Forest Boy hears this song and the lyrics along with the wind through the trees as he wanders in an easterly direction
through the forest.
Basically Forest Boy is being given advice in the first verse about how best to make it through the forest world of Hobbitozz and deal with
its inhabitants. And in the second verse he's being reminded that he is not walking aimlessly, but that he is on a journey to "seek and find,"
and that when he has found what he has "sought for, seek no more."
Also there is a rare mention of time in this song, at the end of the second verse, "Soon as moon brings on the night, end is nigh." The first
mention of time is in the song "Forest Boy," in which the bird tells Forest Boy that with the death of his father, winter has come early, and
that when he finishes mourning, "come the spring, begin your journey." The implication could be that between the songs "Forest Boy" and "Near
and Far," a season has passed, but between "Near and Far" and the end of Forest Boy's journey is the time it takes for the moon to bring on
night (or for the full moon to appear). More ominously, it could be that Forest Boy is being told that when the full moon makes its first
appearance, the end of the Hobbitozz is near. Forest Boy could be learning that his world may be in danger of being destroyed or that it is
dying, which could add a bit more significance to his journey.
When they ask you how you are
say I'm fine
If they show you what is yours
say it's mine
When they ask you where you were
say right here
If they show you who's your god
he is near
He is near
As you wander near and far
seek and find
When you find what you sought for
seek no more
Day is long as day is young
Soon as moon brings on the night
end is nigh
The end is nigh