Dear Avery

Album: The King Is Dead (2011)
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  • The heartbreaking ballad features just Colin Meloy's voice accompanied by acoustic guitar. The singer explained to Spin magazine that this track is about the Iraq War and how parents are affected when their children are shipped off to battle. "I imagine it being a letter sent from a mother to a solider," he said. "I was reading a lot about soldiers and the war and their parents back home — having a kid myself, it just made me really mindful of that relationship."
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  • Eric from Richmond, KyI like to imagine this song is about a little boy writing to his missing or deceased dog.
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