every mouth sings of what its without so we all sing of love

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every mouth sings of what its without so we all sing of love

Unread postby musicmonkey » Sat Jun 16, 2007 3:23 am

I think this is one of my favorite Iron & Wine songs of all time. It's right up there with Passing Afternoon and Upward Over The Mountain. I've played this song over 250 times in just 2 weeks.

Innocent Bones

Cain got a milk-eyed mule from the auction
Abel got a telephone
And even the last of the blue-eyed babies know
That the burning man is the color of the end of day
And how every tongue that gets bit always has another word to say

Cain bought a blade from some witch at the window
Abel bought a bag of weed
And even the last of the brown-eyed babies see
That the cartoon king has a tattoo of a bleeding heart
There ain't a penthouse Christian who wants the pain of the scab, but they all want the scar
How every mouth sings of what it's without so we all sing of love
And how it ain't one dog who's good at f*cking and denying who he's thinking of

Cain heard a cat tumble limp off the rooftop
Abel heard his papa pray
And even the last of the black-eyed babies say
That every saint has a chair you can borrow and a church to sell
That the wind blows cold across the back of the master and the kitchen help
There's a big pile of innocent bones still holding up the garden wall
And it was always the broken hand we learned to lean on after all
How God knows if Christ came back he would find us in a poker game
After finding out the drugs were all free but they won't let you out the door again

Artist: Iron & Wine
Album: Shepherd's Dog [2007]
Lable: Sub Pop Records

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Re: every mouth sings of what its without so we all sing of love

Unread postby musicmonkey » Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:40 pm

I found an interesting article by The Independent in London called Iron in the soul. Here's an excerpt:

The Independent wrote:After two albums that glow with love for his family, the artist has taken a darker turn here. His oblique writing style precludes him from taking on specific issues; instead, he taps into a rich seam of imagery. "I am not interested in political writing, because it's limited in its scope. I try to write general, human kinds of songs, which suggest more than they explain. You can take a lot of different meanings, but hopefully everyone feels some kind of recognition. Propaganda songs are more of an essay than a poem."

This soft-spoken performer is too modest to describe himself as a poet, although his lyrics work without music. "I try to use a poetic language more than talk about my feelings, but it is married to the music. You can't just say it out loud."

For The Shepherd's Dog, this means a suggestion of social breakdown: "If Christ came back, he'd find us at a poker game," Beam sings at one point.


I definitely agree that the line "If Christ came back, he'd find us at a poker game," suggests social breakdown. We're all so very isolated and unknown and afraid of being known. Poker is a game where it pays to bluff.


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