Album: Sixpence None The Richer (1997)
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  • Kiss me out of the bearded barley
    Nightly, beside the green, green grass
    Swing, swing, swing the spinning step
    You'll wear those shoes and I will wear that dress

    Oh, kiss me beneath the milky twilight
    Lead me out on the moonlit floor
    Lift you open hand
    Strike up the band, and make the fireflies dance silvermoon's sparkling
    So kiss me

    Kiss me down by the broken tree house
    Swing me, upon its hanging tire
    Bring, bring, bring your flowered hat
    We'll take the trail marked on your father's map

    Oh, kiss me beneath the milky twilight
    Lead me out on the moonlit floor
    Lift you open hand
    Strike up the band, and make the fireflies dance silvermoon's sparkling
    So kiss me

    kiss me beneath the milky twilight
    Lead me out on the moonlit floor
    Lift you open hand
    Strike up the band, and make the fireflies dance silvermoon's sparkling
    So kiss me

    So kiss me
    So kiss me
    So kiss me Writer/s: Matthew Preston Slocum
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 27

  • Martin Adams from London UkIt's rather surprising to see so much imaginative speculation as to the song meanings in many of the comments below (especially about Lesbians and sexual inference!) In the magazine "Spin" June 1999, the writer of the song Matt Slocum said of it "It's like a painting of childish, innocent love. It's so whimsical, I feel dumb even talking about the meaning." So, not so deep then! Bearded Barley means Barley that is ripe and ready to harvest, so it full and bushy and makes a perfect hiding screen! Flowered hat is “Hat with a flower or two on”, hippies used to wear them all the time, and I would guess most of us have popped a flower in our hair at one time or another, on those lazy teenage summer days…
  • Christian-rock- Turned Pop-fan from Socal The story reminds me of the biblical story of Ruth and Boaz, who met, danced and fell in love on the threshing floor of his (previously his father's) farm, next to the fields of wheat and barley. I think the couple in the song is remembering doing exactly that, while dancing at the their outdoor wedding.
  • Aniruddh from LondonI have an explanation to offer to counter the Lesbian context of the song and its conflict with the Christian outlook of the band. The song was written by the male guitarist (which is a fact), who would have pictured a female while writing, which explains the flowered hat etc.
  • Daroxyma from Edmonton, AbIt does not matter, to me, what the song is about. I just don't like the sound of it.
  • Jamie from Erith, Kent, UkGiven the lesbian context of the song, I have always taken the terms "bearded barley," "flowered hat" "broken treehouse" to be references to the vaginal state at the various stages before during and after intercourse - bearded barley referring to the hymen still being intact, flowered hat referring to the engorged state at the height of orgasm and broken treehouse referring to the post coital stage, the treehouse alluding to something which was held in high esteem and to be aspired to but which has now been breached.
  • Esteban Erik Stipnieks from UnicoI have to add couple caveats to the previous comment first the extent and degree to which several ex Nazis resided in New Braunfels was almost a secret I KNEW not to talk about it when an off color joke was made about it at my Uncles house some time in the 1980s across the street from where the suicide took place. Matt was in High School when the Berlin wall fell and Leigh as previously stated was sophomore when the Soviet Empire ended. The grimmer aspects of Latvian Diaspora family life were not vocalized by a school mate of Matt (she graduated before he did) class mate of Leigh ( strangely I moved to Denton the city my parents met after Latvian independence). I appreciate the dichotomy of the two worlds much more so now than I did then.
  • Esteban Erik Stipnieks from UnicoThe song's rise was extremely ironic considering what happened in the hometown of Leigh Nash and Matt Slocum when the song became a hit May or June of 1998 an elderly couple committed suicide less than a mile from the high school where Leigh and Matt went to school. He was a Nazi Rocket Scientist that worked at Kelly AFB. At the estate sale silver wear and plates with the Swatzika were sold. They laid themselves out on a mattress in the garage. The ballistics of the blast were set up so as the suicide note in the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung as not to leave a big mess behind. It was a very quick easy and clean body removal. Naturally this house would be across the street from a house built by and inhabited by members of Latvian Diaspora while Leigh and Matt attended New Braunfels schools. If a cross-country runner for the Unicorns SHORTED a run called Encino they went by the house where the suicide took place. Oh yes their a nephew of a Waffen SS (Latvian Legion) member in Leigh's first grade class (father's half brother) that classmate is also half Hispanic and celebrated Latvian independence August 22 1991 New Braunfels high school ending for half his family WWII!
  • Thomas from Mannum, AustraliaWhitney's right. This song is about two chicks, getting it on (not that there's anything wrong with that!). What kind of dude wears a "flowered hat"? A she-dude, that's who!
  • Carli from Phoenix, AzI was born in '97 and there's no way I could have remembered this song from '99 but I randomly did just now, I'm actually pretty sure it just came to me and I remember riding in the car hearing it haha.
  • Whitney from Albuquerque, NmI'm sorry but I believe it IS about two women. Listen to the lyrics.. what kind of dude wheres a "flowered hat"??
  • Madison from Fairfax, VaThis song is NOT about lesbianism,this has absolutly nothing about gender. A christian rock band would NOT construct a song about gayness!:)
  • Doug from Kansas City, Moabsolutely love this song. Very catchy and its about love and what more do you need? Catchy group name too doncha think? I DO think though that folks can take the examination of a songs meaning a bit too far....
  • Paul from Washington Dc, DcWhere do so many people get the idea that this song is a hymn to Lesbianism, not, of course, that there would be anything wrong with if indeed it were. It's just that there are NO gender references in the lyrics at all. It's a cute, easy-on-the-ears ballad,nothing more. The need that so many people, gay and straight, seem to have to put labels on everything often irks me.
  • Kathy from New Orleans, LaI read that the songwriter and band member wrote it about himself and his wife.
  • Carrie from Roanoke, VaI like this song (which is surpisingly good for a Christian rock song), but the idea the father's map symbolizing the Bible doesn't seem to fit. After all, they're going out into the woods to make out. I don't see how the Bible would tell someone to do that...
  • Toni from Blubber, United Kingdomthis can't be about lesbianism
    'cause in the bible one of the laws of god was to not to have sexual feeling or w.e for the same sex as your self
    and if their christians....
    it can't be
  • Kitty from Montreal, QcI think the song really is dealing with lesbianism but nothing is wrong with that! i think it's hot!
  • Ron from Tyler, TxI understand that the band used to do more explicitly religious material. I thought that "trail marked on your father's map" and "lift your open hand" might have religious significance. Other references seem to be purely romantic: (moonlight, fireflies, dancing, kissing). I am not aware, however, of any "meaning" of "bearded barley," "flowered hat" "broken treehouse." Would someone who is "into" Christian Rock give me an opinion about any significance?
  • John from Overland Park, KsI dislike using the word "sweet," because it implies a banal, saccharine feeling, but it is the word describes this song for me, because it brings up images of innocent love.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesAfter this song hit the upper-reaches of the cahrts the whole world over,Sixpence None The Richer also scored another hit with a cover of "There She Goes" by '80s band The La's (whose lead singer Jon Power later went on to form Britpop band Cast)
  • Pete from Nowra, Australiaso what's wrong in experimenting with lesbianism?
  • Shannon from Garland, Txi love this video.
  • Colin from Hong Kong, Hong KongWas the band started after two members met at a church meeting?
  • Christy from Gadsden, AlSixpence is awesome(how can you not like christian rock)..and the fact that "We'll take the trail marked on your father's map" from this song is refering to Christ is awesome!
  • Shawn from Boise, IdI heard this was about two girls experimenting with lesbianism...guess I was totally wrong. I liked the song either way...
  • Angelo from New York, NyThis song appears in the movie "She's all that"
  • Dennis from Toledo, OhThey have many songs that are much better than this one, especially on the self-titled album this song is on. I absolutely despise christian rock, but for some reason i really like sixpence. they have good guitar work and musically complex songs.
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