My poet my brother the wicked child
Who wrote his verse to tame the wild
His song was terrifying true 'cause all that love had gone
The ink that sweats beneath his eyes spoke of pain where comfort lies
And I watched him pen a perfect sonnet even as he cried

Oh, merciful love of mine
Would you be so kind?
It should not hurt but if it does to leave this wretch behind

After the winter returned her linen gown
She asked "My lord, why am I plain?"
With no fair smile and by my sword unsatisfied was slain
The crowning nymph that she would have all bloody and bare with violet hair
It was enough to convince Maybell that she was but a maid

Oh, beautiful friend of mine
Would you be so kind?
It should not hurt but if it does
To leave this wretch behind you
Oh, yeah
Oh, no
Oh, yeah
It's all, it's all, it's all I could afford

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    General CommentI'm pretty sure his borther in this song is COnor Oberst, it sounds just like him
    fruitonpieon March 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'd probably agree with fruitonpie and say that this song definitely has a reference to Conor Oberst but I wouldn't agree it's entirely about him.

    This is a beautiful song, and as sad as some of the words are it sounds extremely hopeful.
    I can't stop listening to it.
    lullabysoundson December 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI would agree with what people have said about a portion of this song eluding to a story about Conor Oberst. Especially with the line "I watched him pen a 'Perfect Sonnet'" It doesn't get much clearer than that.

    Moving on the song seems to be telling a friend (possibly Oberst) to let a woman go because she is causing some sort of emotional pain.

    Again the song switches topic into speaking about a beautiful woman who sees herself as much too ordinary, but satisfied.
    This woman gives birth to a child and it's a humbling and very real experience. She's just a mother, a maid, a normal person.

    Again the lyrics urge the idea that if someone or something is causing pain or unhappiness, you should leave it behind you. And possibly this advice he all he "could afford".
    lullabysoundson August 03, 2010   Link

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