Sam, bless him, has died and left this home
The woodchucks running wild, the bushes overgrown
Slip unseen into the skein of trees
Slide through dusky grasses and scatter his ashes

Oh, it's all over, he ain't ever coming back
There'll be no more roaming
He was only here for fourteen years
And now the branches scratch my face and I can't hold back my tears

Long ago I'd see him running in the snow
He'd come in from the cold and he'd lie down by the stove
Pass along this loping road
The needley grasp of briars on the slope

Oh, it's all over, he ain't ever coming back
There'll be no more roaming
He was only here for fourteen years
And now the branches scratch my face and I can't hold back my tears

He ain't ever been to church, so he doesn't have a soul
He ain't waiting at the place where all of us will go
But the woodchucks wouldn't run so wild
The grasses wouldn't be so grown if we were not alone

Bound unbound through boundless air, remaining wisps of hair
Barking out through everywhere
The trees, the grass, the rain
And Sam in the air

Oh, it's all over, he ain't ever coming back
There'll be no more roaming
He was in this world, by my side he was curled
But he came uncurled and this world holds him that much tighter

That much tighter, that much tighter
That much tighter, that much tighter, that much tighter
Tighter, tighter, tighter
Tighter, tighter, tighter, tighter, oh


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    General CommentHow has no one commented on this song?! It's so amazing, the music is beautifully blended. Also, the fact that they took something that is usually not written about and not that important and crafted such a great song with it... they are so talented.
    HellaGayFagon February 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHow has no one commented on this song?! It's so amazing, the music is beautifully blended. Also, the fact that they took something that is usually not written about and not that important and crafted such a great song with it... they are so talented.
    HellaGayFagon February 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHow has no one commented on this song?! It's so amazing, the music is beautifully blended. Also, the fact that they took something that is usually not written about and not that important and crafted such a great song with it... they are so talented.
    HellaGayFagon February 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti want to learn to play the banjo...damnit.
    IAmAClicheon December 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI cant help but think of Huckuleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer every time I hear this song...I wonder what that means...oh yeah and the music is amazing, just,wow.
    of-truths-and-lieson August 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like the major chord Okkervil songs like Red better. And that other singer in the chorus sounds so much like the lead singer for Bad Religion, anyone else agree?
    BigNothingon February 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHm, I'm not sure about the lead singer for bad religion ,BUT
    I really enjoy this song to an extreme.
    BulletProofPrincesson July 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI really love this song. I also love Red but it depends on what mood I'm in I guess.

    and I'm not sure about the Bad Religion thing either...
    rainbow-kunon October 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is about will's dog that died when he was young...it's one of his few factual songs. the title is dead dog days...it's intense and amazing.
    surprisesmileon November 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThat's funny.
    I came here after hearing this song and thinking exactly how crazy it was that it sounded like a Bad-Religion-gone-folk song. I don't think that's Greg Graffin singing, but it really DOES remember me of Bad Religion, maybe it's just the way the music was written.

    Anyway, this is the most uplifting song in the album.
    vazioon June 05, 2009   Link

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