"Fire Maple Song" as written by Art Alexakis, Ralph Scott Cuthbert and Craig Montoya....
Turn away from the pain you don't want
Turning down to avoid them when they call
Strange words I heard a long long time ago
I wish I could go back to a summer time
I knew more than twenty years ago
Lay between the sheets we lie underneath the maple tree
Now I can't smile
Lying down in the grass with the wind around us as we smile and talk
Listen to your Grandma sing those country songs
She'd tell us how the maple turns to fire every four years
We'd lay in the grass all summer just to watch the autumn come around
I can't smile
Now I can't smile
I live alone and you're so far away
I call you every year just around the holiday
I still see you in the night lying above me in the grass
I can't smile
Turn away from the pain you don't want
Turning down to avoid them when they call
I can't believe this letter that says you died
I think I'm gonna go back to the house in North Carolina and lay in the backyard
Get drunk and let the leaves just bury me
Bury me
I can't smile
Now I can't smile
I don't know what's happening to me
I don't know what's happening to me
I can't smile


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"Fire Maple Song" as written by Craig Montoya Art Alexakis

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  • +4
    General CommentArt lost both his brother (heroin overdose) and his girlfriend (suicide) when he was an adolescent. I think this is what the song is about. How tragic events in life can stay in the back of our heads and linger even years down the road. An absolute brilliant song. Some of the rawest, most heartfelt lyrics and vocals I've heard in a song.
    macdiddyon October 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of the best Everclear songs ever written. It's really a shame that hardly anyone owns this album or comments on this song. Go download it from Kazaa if you haven't heard it. You'll thank me later.
    cdconnon September 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA freind of mine bought me a London import of a single and this song was the "B" side. It's about longing for the better days gone by that can never be reclaimed. It's also about how the longer we live, the more pain we have to cary around with us.
    moeheadon July 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is an amazing song, it's a shame that not many people know about it. I think its one of the best songs I've ever heard.

    Seems to be about a guy who grew up with a girl and fell in love, only to separate with her over time and eventually find out that she has died. And he wants to go back to that time... it's a great song.
    jc6mdon June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat damn song.. this is the only everclear album i dont own
    xxDARKIRISxxon May 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually this song is about a house that Art either lived in or visited in Asheville, NC. That's all I know.
    evermatton June 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually this song is about a place art lived in or visited in Asheville, NC when he was a boy, that's all I know
    evermatton June 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis has been 1 of the more difficult songs for me to interpreate. i think its about the passing of time and thinking of a former lover. he wants to go back to her but he knows theres not hope for that
    art_everclearon October 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've read this song is about his ex, or his brother possibly. I'm not sure because I haven't heard it from him. But, this song is so powerful. I love the first lines...
    "Turn away from the pain you don't want
    Turnin' down to avoid them when they call
    Strange words I heard a long, long time ago ..."
    The vocals in this are raw and really make me shiver when I hear certain parts. ...
    Art is such a beautiful soul. He's gone through a lot of hard times, and his songs let you know you're not alone when you are too.
    twistinsidejon January 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthis brother died.
    Corinneon March 20, 2006   Link

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