Tree By the River

Album: Kiss Each Other Clean (2011)
  • Mary Anne, do you remember
    The tree by the river
    When we were seventeen?

    Dark canyon wall, the call and the answer
    And the mare in the pasture
    Pitch black and baring its teeth.

    I recall the sun in our faces,
    Stuck and leaning on braces,
    And being strangers to change.

    Radio and the bones we found frozen,
    And all the thorns and the roses
    Beneath your window pane.

    Now I'm asleep in a car, I mean the world?
    To a potty-mouth girl,
    A pretty pair of blue-eyed birds.

    Time isn't kind or unkind, you liked to say.
    But I wonder to who
    What it is you're saying today.

    Now I'm asleep in a car, I mean the world
    To a potty-mouth girl,
    A pretty pair of blue-eyed birds.

    Time isn't kind or unkind, you liked to say.
    But I wonder to who
    What it is you're saying today.

    Mary Anne, do you remember
    The tree by the river
    When we were seventeen?

    Dark canyon road, I was coy in the half-moon
    Happy just to be with you,
    And you were happy for me.

Comments: 1

  • 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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