Tree By the River

Album: Kiss Each Other Clean (2011)
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Songfacts®:

  • This is a track from Kiss Each Other Clean, the fourth album released by American singer-songwriter Samuel Beam, who records under the name of Iron & Wine. Beam told Billboard magazine that he penned the tune a decade before some of the other tracks on the record. "I don't really sit down to write a record," he explained. "I'm writing all the time, so when it seems time to put a record out, you look in your bag and see what songs you have that might work together well."
  • Some of the tunes made it onto Kiss Each Other Clean because of a recurring theme of water and rivers in them. "It comes down to that, sometimes," Beam told Billboard magazine with a laugh. "I realized a bunch of songs used the river in different ways. It's a classic metaphor for life, sometimes as a force of destruction, sometimes it's redemption or rejuvenation. It's fun to have the same image crop up in different songs and be presented in totally different lights."

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  • Ruben from Grove, OkThis song was my first introduction to Iron & Wine. I couldn't stop listening to the stripped down version afterwards. He considers his first lyrics for the song to be very "saccharine", but I love it. It seems to be a sweet remembrance of past young loves. I have since went back to through his catalog and found many beautiful songs, but this was the first one to turn me on.
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