Silk and fleeces,
What appears to be a further reference to Hermes cotton goes much deeper, with a ton of possible references and meanings.
For students of mythology, the word “fleece” will instantly bring to mind the golden fleece. The hero Jason has to retrieve the golden fleece from the claws of an immense dragon in order to regain his rightful place as ruler. In some versions, the goddess Atalanta travels on Jason’s ship, the Argo, as the only female member of the crew. This ties the mythology back to the mention of Atalanta (the “sailing lady” with “ivory”) in the first line of Frank’s hook.
Hov mentions Jesus in the next line, a reference to a Jesus piece, but also to the Christian Lord, who is referred to as the lamb of god because he, like a sacrificial lamb, gave his life for the sins of Christian believers.
Without going into too much depth, there are also a number of secret societies that use the imagery of fleece and wool, including the Order of the Golden Fleece and the Freemasons. Given the many plausible references to secret history in the song…
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