"Hannah" as written by and Ray Lamontagne....
I lost all of my vanity
When I peered into the pool
I lost all of my innocence
When I fell in love with you
I never knew a man fall so far until I landed here
Where all of my wounds they turn into gold, when I kissed your hair

Now come to me Hannah
Hannah won't you to come on to me
And I'll lay down this bottle of wine
If you just be kind to me

Ask her why she cries so loud
Will not say a word
Eyes like ice and hands that shake
She takes what she deserves
To celebrate her emptiness
A cold and lonely room
You sweep the floor with your long flowered dress
If you cannot find a broom

Now come to me Hannah
Hannah won't you to come on to me
And I'll lay down this bottle of wine
You just be kind to me

She's got hair that flows right down
Right down to the backs of her knees
Papa he was a preaching man
And the Lord is hard to please
So she comes down from the Ozark hills to these very streets to roam
With a banjo and a bible and a fine tooth comb

Now come to me Hannah
Hannah won't you come on to me
And I'll lay down this bottle of wine
You just be kind to me

Now I'd walk one mile on just broken glass
To fall down at your feet
Mmm Hannah you're the queen of the street

I climb the tree with my Hannahlee
My intentions they were pure
Oh the breeze did whip and I lost my grip
And I tumbled towards the earth
Where you never would guess who it was that stood below
And his name I would never tell
But His eyes were clear
And His arms were strong
And he caught me as I fell

Now come to me Hannah
Hannah won't you to come on to me
And I'll lay down this bottle of wine
You just be kind to me

Now I'd walk one mile on just broken glass
To fall down at your feet
Mmm Hannah you're the queen of the street
The queen of the street


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"Hannah" as written by Ray Lamontagne

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    General Commenttmk-Think about the entire context of the song. The guy is a lonely alcoholic who senses the same thing in Hannah. He'll "lay down" the bottle of wine to be with her, because she would save him. When he falls out of the tree and into "his" arms, it's like when people enter AA and give their life to God because they can't manage it anymore. Therefore, he'd walk all over the broken glass of the empty alcohol bottles to be with his Hannah, and since his reaffirmation of God they would have faith in common to keep them together (since she's a pastor's daughter) and also to keep him sober.
    el_robboon February 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSounds exactly like "The Weight" by The Band
    aju123on May 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhat do you think "i'll lay down this bottle of wine if youll just be kind to me" means?
    bperfetuoon October 12, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy intentions they were pure
    Oh the breeze did whip and I lost my grip
    And I tumbled towards the earth
    Where you never would guess who it was that stood below
    And His name I would never tell
    But His eyes were clear
    And His arms were strong
    And He caught me as I fell


    Given the rest of the song, my interpretation is:

    He [singer] began to get his affairs in order -- most likely but not necessarily "laying down" the bottle -- so as to gain Hannah's approval. This seems congruent with his intentions being "pure". During the process, he slipped -- i.e., messed up -- and backtracked on whatever progress he had made. Hence falling back toward the earth. Being caught seems to be a fairly blunt spiritual reference. (In my reading, it doesn't make sense for the singer to be "caught" by alcohol given the contrast between his "purity" in climbing the tree and the iniquity in falling. It would seem logical for the "catcher" here to be affectively positive.)

    That said, this falls apart if you treat the wind that "did whip" as the flights of happenstance. In which case, his pure attempt to catch Hannah failed, pushing him back into the arms of alcohol. Not a bad interpretation there either.
    bdlyricson September 20, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMY NAME IS HANNAH! This song is beautiful. I absolutly love it. I suggest EVERYONE download it.
    ihaveapenon December 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'M HANNAH TOO!!!!!! It's probably really sad that i typed my name into the search engine to find a song with my name in it. I really want to hear this now.....
    Stay_Gold_Ponyboyon June 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy name is Hannah.
    and my dad is a pastor.
    ...
    weird.
    hfranklin2010on August 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah.
    it is pretty sad that you typed your name in the search bar.
    but then again.
    I did too.
    =P
    hfranklin2010on August 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI kinda have a thing for Hannah's and this song is amazing.
    Tmo2199on September 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHannah is unreachable. She's this empty lonely figure who is so full of integrity but no self belief to act on it.

    "Hannah wont you come home to me?" Ray wants to be the thing that she can call home. He wants to break through her barriers, but the tentative question remains - Will she allow him, the man who loves her to do so?
    catpea0on October 14, 2007   Link

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