Iron & Wine: Enjoying Good Music...

I just got a new album by Iron & Wine. If you haven't heard them, you've got to give it a try. Great band. Sort of neo-folk with some unexpected international (Eastern) undertones.

I used to post lots of things regarding wisdom or spiritual messages in secular music at another blog I used to keep: It got to be too much trouble (and time) to keep up two blogs, so you won't see me posting there much anymore (but I think I've got some interesting old posts, if you care to look).

Meanwhile, here are some lyrics. Evokes some pretty strong imagery. I've tried linking to the free mp3 player through - give it a click! (give it a second, the MP3 Player comes in a popup from Napster)

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Cain got a milk-eyed mule from the auction
Abel got a telephone
And even the last of the blue-eyed babies know:
That the Burning Man is the color of the End of Days
And how every tongue that gets bit
always has another word to say

Cain bought a blade from some witch at the window
Abel bought a bag of weed
And the even the last of the brown-eyed babies see:
That the cartoon king has a tattoo of a bleeding heart
There ain't a penthouse Christian that wants the pain or the scab,
but they all want the scar

How every mouth sings of what it's without
so we all sing of love
And how it ain't one dog who's good at fucking
and denying who he's thinking of

Cain heard the captive boy leap off the rooftop
Abel heard his papa pray
And even the last of the black-eyed babies say:
That every saint has a chair you can borrow
in a church to sit on
That the wind blows cold across the back of a master
and the kitchen help
There's a big pile of innocent bones still holding up the garden wall
And it was always the broken hand we
learned to lean on after all
How God knows if Christ came back he'd find us in a poker game
After finding out the drinks were all free
but they won't let you out the door again.

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Aside from provocative lyrics, it's really great music!
Tell me what you think.


Sterling said...

Great album! have had for awhile. I love the "eastern undertones" and you would call them, plus there is fun production tricks and sounds they use. ^_^, dont have much to say about the lyrics though, cause you know how i am.

Peter said...

Such a musical-hipster, Sterling.

C'mon: "How every mouth sings of what it's without so we all sing of love." That line is beautiful and just blew your mind. Again.

marks.els said...

"all we need is love. . ."

Music blows my mind and lyrics blow yours ^_^.

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