"No Other Name" as written by and Noel Paul Stookey....
Know me by the light of a fire shinin' bright,
Know me by your bed where I've lain
Know me, and you might, if just for a night
You'll know me by no other name.

Some girls will bring you silver
Some will bring you fine Spanish lace
Some will say "I love you"
Some will have my face.

Some will bring you gold, babies to hold,
I'll bring you only pain.
You can know me, if you will, by the wind on the hill
You'll know me by no other name.

Some girls will die for money,
Some will die as they're born,
Some will swear they'd die for love,
Some die ev'ry morn.

I'll die alone, away from my home
Nobody knows where I came.
The stone at my head will say I am dead,
It knows me by no other name.
It knows me by no other name.

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    General CommentCurious, rather depressing lyrics -- I've always wondered just exactly what they mean.
    Bluewaveson August 30, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI wish I could understand this song better. My best interpretation is the “voice” of the song is a woman who seems to view herself as someone who has no place— someone who is always fleeting. Hence, knowing her by firelight (impermanent), [his] bed where she’s lain (past tense), the wind on the hill (untraceable), and this is why she only brings pain, and none of the other “fine” things she referenced— gold, silver, spanish lace. Now, the death aspect of the song is what throws me—is she speaking of metaphorical death, or literal death? I get the metaphorical vibe in the first verse on death, but a literal vibe in the last verse about her death. And the last line, where the stone knows her by no other name besides “dead,” is that supposed to make us think the “no other name” of the entire song is supposed to be the “name” dead? As in, she is dead to everyone? It would make sense literally and metaphorically then I guess, considering she sees herself as this completely impermanent entity. If so, the song is a little more morbid than I originally thought, but either way I have to agree with the other comment— curious and rather depressing lyrics. “I’ll die alone, away from my home. Nobody knows where I came” — an extreme sentiment of detachment. I’m interested in the mind of whoever wrote this song— I think it was Paul.
    lanawave11on November 17, 2017   Link

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