"The Ballad of Flammingrad"

Every December we all gather round To pay our respects to a troll so renowned

In remembrance of the friend we had A jolly old soul we called Flemmingrad

We all dig deep down And we uproot the past We shove up its nostril a fistful of grass We shape his likeness, bless his soul Oh, Flemmy the fungus troll

Lyrics from 'Olaf's Frozen Adventure'

And it looks like this. enter image description here

What does "past" mean here?

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    It doesn't have any special meaning, just the same one you can read in any dictionary.
    – The Photon
    Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 6:23
  • if it means "the time or a period of time before the moment of speaking or writing" as a noun, then what does it mean by "uproot the past"? How can we uproot the past?
    – dbwlsld
    Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 6:44
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    It's a metaphor. It's meaning is up to you to interpret. Many songs don't have very clear meanings.
    – The Photon
    Commented Jan 15, 2018 at 15:53
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    Translate into your language: the past is a plant, grab the plant and pull it out of the ground. You will have uprooted the plant. Now, substitute the word past, not present or future.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 18:54

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To bury the past is a common metaphor for deliberately letting past events be forgotten or to refuse to discuss them any more. The opposite of burying something is to dig it up; that is, to uproot it. So uprooting the past here means deliberately remembering and re-examining past events that had been "buried".


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