You returned the book unfinished about a girl with raven hair
And a gentleman, her lover, who presented her a mare
Which she rode across the country, leaving him to tend the land
Which had turne ...
Iron & Wine
A boy with a coin he found in the weeds
With bullets and pages of trade magazines
Close to a car that flipped on the turn
When God left the ground to circle the world
A girl with a bird she ...
And if I died at twenty-three
Would you bury me in the sunshine?
Please let me know that you're still mine
Though I'm gone
My love for you is oh-so strong
And when the grass grows over me
Who left you so?
Who left you so?
Who left you so?
Striking a match for the keyhole
Dark as the evening laid
When he left you all alone
Turning to fade through the sawgrass
Tall as t ...
Mr. Henry and the muscle man, yeah, with shoes on a night there was no road to stand
Like a letter in a stolen purse, she was bored of her weight, she was bored of her words
The daughter of a sold ...
Sunday morning, my Rebecca sleeping in with me again
There's a kid outside the church kicking a can
When the cedar branches twist she turns her collar to the wind
The weather can close the world ...
Two flat tires on the Model T
Two birds fightin' for a worm
Faded squares like snowy TV screens
Where your photographs were hung
Keep Old Glory folded on a shelf
In a cabinet full of guns
Tell me baby tell me
Are you still on the stoop
Watching the windows close
I've not seen seen you lately
On the street, by the beach
Or places we used to go
I've a picture of you
On ou ...
Strength like a stone, a texture you know
And sewn in your children's quilts you made
Can you be meek, lowered and weak
Possibly tired as to see
Her eyes upon you under blue leaves at night
Stepping gently down the garden row
Susie she prays but yet nothing grows
Empty driveway and a flagpole tap
Breeze at her back & her hands in her lap
Susie says she'd like to talk
How do you bust the clouds
Press on your back been hanging in the air
I wanna scope you out
I wanna touch your mouth when you're up there
When are you coming back
Bird on a branch will com ...
The postman passed me twice now, I have waited an hour
Blue sky churning black now, needled rain with the power
Of magnified abandon, soaking through to my moving
And vivid truth I'm doubting al ...
Call your boys now that the table's set and shining
No one's seen any of them in many days
Call your boys they shut a buzzard on a Chrysler
And you still taste all that you swallowed before grac ...
Almost home when I missed the bottom stair
You were braiding your gray hair
It had grown so long
Since I'd been gone
And the perfect girls by the pool, they would protest
The cross around ...
The kettle burned 'cause I left it too long
And we were kissing with the radio on
The cat was choking on a rattlesnake bone
The town had gathered 'round the soldier boy carried home, carried hom ...
I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
You were talking so brave and so smooth
Giving me head on the unmade bed
While the limousine waits in the street
And those were the reasons and that wa ...
Give me your hand
The dog in the garden row is covered in mud
And dragging your mother's clothes
Cinder and smoke
The snake in the basement
Found the juniper shade
The farmhouse is b ...
Magazines and paperbacks, the perfect rainy day
Jenny's packed the car by now and probably on her way
Rise and put the kettle on, this feeling calls for tea
Tommy get the telephone, it wouldn't ...
Talk of yesterday
And she will show her brothers
Photographed in callous clothes
And she'll say, 'Come find me on a beach
And there will be no moon.'
But say today
And she ...
Hello, cowgirl in the sand
Is this place at your command?
Can I stay here for a while
Can I see your sweet, sweet smile
Old enough now to change your name
When so many love you, is it the sa ...
Give this stone to my brother
'cause we found it playing in the barnyard
Many years ago
Give this bone to my father
He'll remember hunting in the hills
When I was 10 years old
May my l ...
To my dearest forsaken
Who the earth now has taken
Empty, the bottle drains no more
It is true that I loved you
Despite the harm that I own you
Wash out the river has you boy
Here on t ...
Though our fathers' fathers slept in stolen houses
All that's over now
And our babies never cry
And we can look you in the eye
And say, 'We're not afraid to die'
And yes, our mothers' mo ...
Will you say when I'm gone away
'My lover came to me and we'd lay
In rooms unfamiliar but until now'
Will you say to them when I'm gone
'I loved your son for his sturdy arms
We bot ...
There you stood on the edge of your feather
Expecting to fly
While I laughed, I wondered whether
I could wave goodbye
Knowing that you'd gone
By the summer it was healing
We had said goodb ...
Daddy's ghost behind you
Sleeping dog beside you
You're a poem of mystery
You're the prayer inside me
Spoken words like moonlight
You're the voice that I like
Needlework and seedlings
Some days her shape in the doorway
Will speak to me
A bird's wing on the window
Sometimes I'll hear her when she's sleeping
Her fever dream
A language on her face
I want your flowe ...
A fistful of roses ain't the best thing I could do
I called by the clothesline and the fish pond, called out for you
You want an urgent, bent-guitar string kind of man
And you built a bridge now ...
I was a quick, wet boy
Diving too deep for coins
All of your street light eyes
Wide on my plastic toys
Then when the cops closed the fair
I cut my long baby hair
Stole me a dog-eared map ...
Awake through the night, and this flood water 'round her
Reminds her of the time
And low country boys, and their bottles without her
Though she's on their minds
Hands in black mud, at the fo ...
Run to the newsstand, boy,
For a paper.
Here's the change you will owe.
Pass all the smoking girls
And their babies
Where they nurse in the road.
And read me, read
What has taken place ...
When the men take me to the devil tree
I will be free and shining like before
Papa don't tell me what I should've done
She's the one who begged me
'Take me home'
When the wind wraps ...
Mary, carry your babe
Bound up tight like lips around a whimper
Your fingers over my face
Blind eyed Samson driven to the temple
And night birds digging until dawn
Freedom hangs like heaven ...
Dreamless sleep will fall like a deep, poisoned well
On the steeple birds and this red-light hotel
So lay your pistol down, Granny
The company men never came to you
But don’t unknit your brow, ...
She belongs back in western Kentucky
Or maybe somewhere in Tennessee
Far from home there's a way to her body
Though she's wind-blown and slightly
Long ago there were plums on the table
God made the automobile to pass all the pretty girls
The smoke by the side of the road, the blues lovin' boys in tow
To drive to the end of the day and bow to a borrowed flag
To ride all the bra ...
Godless brother in love
You might as well
Lay down that rose
And fold the flag
She hears money and
Taps that broken freedom bell
See her big children burning rags
By the riverside
Brave lady, i could see you through
Laid, shameless in the sun
My lady with her porcelain and her
Face, pleasing everyone
Gray stables and the horses of the
Halfway home in the hilltop trees
And all our footprints in the snow
And the evening glow, leaving
Low night noise in the winter time
I wake besides you on the floor
Counting your breathin ...
One more drink tonight as your gray stallion rests
Where he lays in the reins
For all of the speed and the strength he gave
One more kiss tonight from some tall stable girl
She's like grace ...
And come the evening of my day
The dark birds in the tree
And in her garden
I think I'll be there somewhere too
The yarrow by my head
Where are you fallin'
And she will lick her thinn ...
He kissed her once as she leaned on the windowsill
She'll never love him but knows that her father will
Her fallen fruit is all rotten in the middle but her
Breast never dries when he's hungry
Homeward, the new road meanders
Washed out, the old road asks, 'What did I bring?'
Flowers, a verse about springtime
Perchance, in the tree line, she's waiting for me
Homeward, these shoes wor ...
There is a house by the sea
With jealous sisters, they're waiting for me
And one is laid on the floor
And one is changing the locks on the doors
I've been buying their time on my knees
And I ...
You're sweet like a honey bee
But like a honey bee stings
You've gone and left my heart in pain
All you left is our favourite song
The one we danced to all night long
It used to bring sweet ...
Who's seen jezebel?
She was born to be the woman i would know
And hold like the breeze
Half as tight as both our eyes closed
Who's seen jezebel?
She went walking where the cedars line the ...
John don't see well in the evenings
Because of his one glass eye
That he got just as Martha was leaving
Shot him instead of saying goodbye
Though the door took the brunt of the buckshot
It s ...
Day walks out and there's no sound
There's a candle burning by me now
Light enough for to see the things beyond me
Door is wide as a rise on me
So the night comes in and starts to breath
Run like a race for family
When you hear like you're alone
The rusted gears of morning
To faceless busy phones
We gladly run in circles
But the shape we meant to make is gone
Love is a t ...
'Look at the shadow on our tree;
Seems we'll meet an early dusk.'
Loretta looked up, the grey sky low,
Two-by-two on the bus.
Water and anger in our house,
Though she spoke of rainbows.
Darling behave, though your boy is gone, or so we’ve heard
I feel you would rise if it was a song who’d say these words
Summer comes with its color all to take your breath away
Winter turns all ...
Love is a dress that you made
Long to hide your knees
Love to say this to your face,
'I'll love you only'
For your days and excitement,
What will you keep for to wear?
Someday drawing yo ...
I've seen her as she wakes up in the morning
She reaches out a hand without a word
As her fingers softly fall upon my face
She lights the flame of desire and makes me want her
And love is th ...
Oh, I've just come from the land of the sun
From a war that must be won in the name of truth
With our soldiers so brave your freedom we will save
With our rifles and grenades and some help from ...
Walk on lightly far from sorrow
Walk and meet me, we'll meet tomorrow
Watch me growing, watch me dying
Hear my laughing, my hound a-crying
Ah-ooh, ah-ooh, ah-ooh, ah-ooh
Walk on lightly, liv ...
I came to you, and you to me
And we were tapping on the window of the children when the piggy-bank broke
Pitching quite a fifth
But how the makers of the medicine will always say you’re looking ...
In the failing light of the afternoon
Lucy in the shade of the dogwood blooms
Yesterday, the solace of a poison fish
Tomorrow I'll be kissing on her blood red lips
And no one is the savior t ...
Me and Lazarus, we shoveled all the ashes out
Black bed linens blowing around
Back and forth and up and down
Guess I had nowhere else to go
Me and Lazarus kept bailing out that riverboat
Mothers of the rodeo
Like anyone who's watched a lover go
And their blood thrown down
Torn and tossed around
Baby, say you'll stay with me
We'll build a bridge across it carefully
Just let ...
We found your name across the chapel door
Carved in cursive with a table fork
Muddy hymnals and some boot marks where you'd been
The shaking preacher told the captain's man
The righteous suf ...
There is light in my lady's house
And there's none but some falling rain
This like a spoken word
She is more than her thousand names
No hands are half as gentle
Or firm as they like to be
Black dog bit through the keeper’s chain
Small and angry when the Devil came
Sold my soul like a pocket knife
There was no moon, there’ll be no milk as sweet
Tomcat curled on a rabbit cage
God, there is gold hidden deep in the ground
God, there's a hangman that wants to come around
How we rise when we're born
Like the ravens in the corn
On their wings, on our knees
Yeah, you know this place
And your friends shine around you now
Yeah, you know this place
And their hands make the safest house
That you know, yeah, you know
And the sun's sinkin' slowly dow ...
Here's a prayer for the body buried by the interstate
Mother of a soldier, a tree in a forest up in flames
Black valley, peace beneath the city
Where the women hear the washboard rhythm in their ...
Curiosity far greater than the fear
It felt so simple, so prodigious, at the same time
Incredible things are happening in the world
Magical things are happening in the world
Across the river t ...
When I was young, younger than before
I never saw the truth hanging from the door
And now I'm older, see it face to face
And now I'm older, got to get up clean the place
And I was greener, g ...
This postcard tells you where we've been
And dirty dreams of pious men
Who wake in fear but sleep again
With what they've done
With what they've done
With all they've done
Some profit d ...
There's a prison on Route 41
Home to my father, first cousin, and son
And I visit every weekend
Not with my body but with prayers that I send
I've a reason for my absentee
And no lack of l ...
Lately she don't care for a warmer breeze
Or shade around the base of the maple trees
Spring was on the mountain we climbed upon
Stopped to see how high and how far we'd gone
I said 'love i ...
Did the wine make her dream
Of the far distant spring
Or a bed full of hens
Or the ghost of a friend
All the while that she wept
She had a gun by her bed
And a letter he wrote
Dust gets red, and red dust plays
On the wind near Daniel's place
Danny's sick and smaller boy
Rhythm lingers on and on
On and on, on and on
Dust gets dead the sun gone down
In our days we will live like our ghosts will live
Pitching glass at the cornfield crows and folding clothes
Like stubborn boys across the road, we'll keep everything
Grandma's gun and the black ...
There's no way to temper your thirst
With lasting impressions or pictures of home
There's no way to grow that don't hurt
She growled from the station then hung up the phone
There's no sacred ...
Jane sent her hand and then pulled it away.
She said, 'Here's the alternate proof that I love you.
Two magic children that smile at your name,
A body that pulls like a pack mule to meet you.
Tonight, we're the sea and the salty breeze
The milk from your breast is on my lips
And lovelier words from your mouth to me
When salty my sweat and fingertips
Our hands they seek the end of ...
There's a woman hater with a broken record player
And a dusty compass off to map the country's new behavior
Strange words and we all roll back into the river
Brave boys in the empty coats of men ...
Midnight, and her eyes
Hide like kittens, new and wet
Mine are sinning hands
On her lying on my bed
The river still may rise
Wild and water take us both
Mine are sinning hands
Take our b ...
Beyond the ridge to the left, you asked me what I want
Between the trees and cicadas singing round the pond
I spent an hour with you, should I want anything else?
One grin and wink like the neon ...
Somehow when you laid here by my side
Somethin' whispered words like rain is falling
Heavy, and she hated, loved to fight
Someone from the sun-cracked sidewalk calling out, “Yoo-hoo”
Hey, uh ...
Papa died smiling
Wide as the ring of a bell
Gone all star white
Small as a wish in a well
And Sodom, South Georgia
Woke like a tree full of bees
Buried in Christmas
Bows and a bl ...
Waking before you, i've got a fever and a childish wish
Seems like a long long time since i spun you to this borrowed radio
You pick a place that's where i'll be
Time like your ch ...
Just like the way that you ran to wine
When they made the new milk turn
Jesus a friend in the better times
Let your mother's Bible burn
Freedom a fever you suffered through
And the dog drank ...
I am thinking it's a sign that the freckles
In our eyes are mirror images and when
We kiss they're perfectly aligned
And I have to speculate that God himself
Did make us into corresponding sha ...
Be this sunset soon forgotten
Your brothers left here shaved and crazy
We've learned to hide our bottles in the well
And what's worth keeping, sun still sinking
Down and down
Once again ...