Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tuesday Tunes (8)

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned songs that are stories. I started thinking about it, and I realized how much I love these longer story songs. Thinking through some of my favorites, it looks like I keep coming back to these 7+ minute songs that tell a fantastic story from beginning to end. So I thought I would feature a few of these story songs that I love the most.

This song is one of my Very Special Songs. I have a few of these...songs that move me so much because they hit so incredibly close to home. Honestly, I love my Very Special Songs so much, but I can't listen to them all that often because they get me too emotional. Even just listening to it to put it on this post got me all...I don't even know.

But the story, oh the story. Don't you just know everything about this relationship and what this guy went went through after losing her? The pleas to be remembered, ugh, they just kill me. It's like aching regret, but in a happy/nostalgic way.

If you know and love this song, you need to take 8 minutes and watch this video. This live version of this song is incredible.

The Trapeze Swinger - Iron & Wine

Please, remember me
By the rosebush laughing
With bruises on my chin
The time when
We counted every black car passing
Your house beneath the hill
And up until
Someone caught us in the kitchen
With maps, a mountain range,
A piggy bank
A vision too removed to mention

Please, remember me
I heard from someone you're still pretty
And then
They went on to say
That the pearly gates
Had some eloquent graffiti
Like 'We'll meet again'
And 'Fuck the man'
And 'Tell my mother not to worry'
And angels with their gray
Were always done in such a hurry

Please, remember me
At Halloween
Making fools of all the neighbors
Our faces painted white
By midnight
We'd forgotten one another
And when the morning came
I was ashamed
Only now it seems so silly
That season left the world
And then returned
And now you're lit up by the city

Please, remember me
In the window of the tallest tower call
Then pass us by
But much too high
To see the empty road at happy hour
Leave and resonate
Just like the gates
Around the holy kingdom
With words like 'Lost and Found' and 'Don't Look Down'
And 'Someone Save Temptation'

Please, remember me
As in the dream
We had as rug-burned babies
Among the fallen trees
And fast asleep
Aside the lions and the ladies
That called you what you like
And even might
Give a gift for your behavior
A fleeting chance to see
A trapeze
Swing as high as any savior

Please, remember me
My misery
And how it lost me all I wanted
Those dogs that love the rain
And chasing trains
The colored birds above there running
In circles round the well
And where it spells
On the wall behind St. Peter's
So bright with cinder gray
And spray paint
'Who the hell can see forever?'

Please, remember me
In the car behind the carnival
My hand between your knees
You turn from me
And said 'The trapeze act was wonderful
But never meant to last'
The clown that passed
Saw me just come up with anger
When it filled with circus dogs
The parking lot
Had an element of danger

Please, remember me
And all my uphill clawing
My dear
But if i make
The pearly gates
Do my best to make a drawing
Of God and Lucifer
A boy and girl
An angel kissin on a sinner
A monkey and a man
A marching band
All around the frightened trapeze swingers


  1. I hate story songs...like the kind that Meatloaf railed on about...ay carajo.

  2. Oh those lyrics were beautiful. I loved this line in particular
    "Someone caught us in the kitchen
    With maps, a mountain range,
    A piggy bank
    A vision too removed to mention"

    I love it when lyrics become poetry.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. LOVE this post and this song- SUCH storytelling. Feel the same about Iron & Wine's 'Communion Cups and Someone's Coat."