Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival released the fourth in its series of Bonnaroo 2013 lineup clues today. In keeping with the format for this year's clues, this one could be gathered by visiting a variety of Bonnaroo owned social media platforms, including Bonnaroo365, The Bonnaroo Phone App, and Radio Bonnaroo.
The first part of this week's Thursday haiku clue could be found on Bonnaroo365. Unlike last week's Bonnaroo365 clue, where the line had to be guessed from the video's actions, this one gave us the line as part of the video. It is "Oh, the weeping tree." The second piece was broadcast on Radio Bonnaroo. The line was "But beauty in the moon's glow." The third was pushed to users of the Bonnaroo App and reads "Peace before the cut."
Put together, the full haiku for Clue #4 is:
Oh, the weeping tree
But beauty in the moon's glow
Peace before the cut.
This clue seems pretty straightforward at first glance, but just gets more difficult the more thinking you put into it. "The weeping tree" would likely be a willow, but could also be throwing a curve and mean a maple tree (which "weeps" sap) or a reference to amber, which is fossilized tree sap.
But beauty in the moon's glow is tricky. It is one of those lines that is so vague that it could mean almost anything by itself and taken with the other two lines could be a reference to a tree or forest at night.
Peace before the cut seems to reference logging or lumberjacks in some way, but then that's often too straightforward for Bonnaroo's crafty cluemasters and could add credence to the "sap" theory of the first line, with "the cut" being a tap.
So far, popular guesses for this clue have been Lonely Forest, STS9, Paul McCartney, and Punch Brothers.
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