"Keeping Me Awake" as written by and Colin Meloy....
Summer, it came
like a light across the highlands
and we laid it down.
You wore a dress
made of light from the islands
and we sent postcards home.

In dying light
this was not to be forgotten
‘cause we are the chosen few.
Into the sea with the touch of softest cotton
Beneath this angel moon
Its been keeping me awake

Leaving this behind was my first mistake
and I’m not so strong
to be satisfied by all the things I’ve done
and the things it threw away.

You wrote your name
as we lay among the heather.
What you left behind
Following paths that would lead us both together
Let us lose our minds
Its been keeping me awake

Leaving this behind was my first mistake
and I’m not so strong
to be satisfied by all the things I’ve done
by the things it threw away.

Summer, it fell
and it coursed across the highlands
and so quickly gone.
Your faded dress for years now tied away and silent
and the night’s late lullaby
has been keeping me awake.

Leaving this behind was my first mistake
and I’m not so strong
to be satisfied by all the things I’ve done
by all the things it threw away.
By all the things it threw away
By all the things it threw away
By all the things it threw away


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    General CommentI always interpreted this as a summer romance that fell apart, and looking back on it, the narrator himself is falling apart and writing these songs at all the odd hours of the night.

    Effing beautiful song. One of Colin Meloy's greatest, I think.
    wastrelon June 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe intro intro sold me on this band and song and i knew it would be good...
    he regrets the stuff he did he threw the relationship away.
    PHlLLYon July 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyea what a great song i love it.
    JustDoIton April 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe girl lost her virginity to this lamenting fellow. He's reminiscing about the fallen romance and the waning significance of what they shared and what he left behind.
    mmcdonoughon May 27, 2008   Link

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