I went down to the river
To meet the widow
She gave me an apple
And it was red

I slept in her black arms
For a century
She wanted nothing in return
I gave her nothing in return

The ghost of her husband
Beautiful as a horse
Pulled up an apple cart
Full of millions of red apples for us
Full of millions of red apples for us

I went down to the river
To meet the widow
She gave me an apple
And it was red

I slept in her black arms
For a century
She wanted nothing in return
I gave her nothing in return

I went down to the river
To meet the widow



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Red Apples (Smog cover) song meanings
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    General Commentwell this song is completely amazing.
    it's hypnotizing and beautiful and the lyrics are haunting and so pure. sigh.
    i'm surprised there aren't any comments yet... w00t for number 1, i guess.
    oh.pinknesson April 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentis this a smog cover?
    bruisevioleton April 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyes, bruiseviolet.
    balalínon May 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentso. beautiful.

    that's all I can say.
    hustleroseon September 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlisten to moon pix by cat power and then listen to doctor came at dawn by smog. both albums were released after chan m. and bill c. broke up ...fucking haunting
    ndmhxcon May 20, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationSo here's my two bits on this beautiful song.

    I think the red apple is supposed to be like temptation. She is going to meet this widowed woman at the river to comfort her, and the widow gives her and apple as a symbol of temptation. So they're having a relationship.
    I don't know what the black arms mean. I think she is sleeping in her arms while they are together, but maybe the singer doesn't feel like she loves this person. Maybe the widow just needed comfort, needed someone to love. And the singer was there to provide but didn't reciprocate.
    I don't know what the simile of the husband as a horse means, other than to lead into the cart imagery. I think the millions of red apples is a symbol of the husband either moving on and being okay with the widow's new relationship, or is mocking the singer who is now in a relationship she has no feelings for.

    I know this is a cover song, and I believe the original singer was a male. I think the fact that Chan is female adds another layer of "sin" to this song, which is ultimately what I think it's about. A woman losing her husband, loving another woman after his death, and being haunted by her husband for it.
    LisaZon March 12, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThe husband in this song was also sexually active with the singer. The singer decides to go down to the river to pay her respects and sees the widow. The widow knows the relationship that her husband had with the women but isn't upset because she is already to upset about his death. The singer is held in the widows arms because they are both feeling the same emotion for the same man so they can empathize with one another. This is proven with the fact that the singer refers to the man as a beautiful horse who carries -red apples- which mean temptation.
    jackobeachon August 09, 2015   Link

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