I heard one of Glen Hansard's song named 'grace beneath the pines' Is it an idiomarticle phrase ? I found another song with the same title, that's why I started to think about some special meaning of this phrase. I understand what Mr. Hansard sings about, and grace beneath the pines I can also understand literally. There's nothing seems unlogical. But I guess he means something I can't understand just because I'm not a native English speaking person. Thanks for your help!

  • There is no rigid mechanism to determine what is or isn't an "idiom". But "grace beneath the pines" is not familiar to me, and I suspect it is not well known and hence does not achieve the minimum familiarity needed to be considered an "idiom". It may, of course, be a metaphor, but one can't determine that without knowing more about it's origins.
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 22, 2015 at 4:26

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"Grace beneath the pines" is not idiomatic; it's idiosyncratic to the songwriter Glenn Hansard, who wrote and performs a song of the same name.

In the song, Hansard finds grace in various situations:

Now I found some
Grace beneath the judge's gavel,
Grace among my brothers on the firing line,
Grace upon this road less travelled,
Grace beneath the pines, the pines

The first locations seem fairly straightforward -- upon judgment, during strife, following one's singular destiny -- but the pines seems less so.

Here is Hansard's explanation for the lyric:

Songs ... just show up when they want, they don't keep any appointments. They tend to come in the middle of chaos. I was at a festival in Austria, and I was trying to avoid the main stage because I wasn't enjoying the music at all. And I ran off into the forest and was kind of writing the lyric for that song. So 'grace beneath the pines' — that's where that line came from.


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