"A Ribbon" as written by and Devendra Banhart....
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I'd like to sing to you if you'd like me to
I'd like to sing to you if you'd like me to
I'd like to sing, sing, sing, sing, sing to you
Alone

And I'd like to dance with you if you'd like me to
I'd like to dance with you if you'd like me to
I'd like to dance, dance, dance, dance, dance with you
Alone

I'd like to sleep with you if you'd like me to
I'd like to sleep with you if you'd like me to
I'd like to sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep with you
Alone

Ribbons around the fumes
We'll be sleeping soon
Ribbons around the fumes
We'll be sleeping soon
Ribbons around those fumes
Alone


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"A Ribbon" as written by Devendra Banhart

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    General Commentthis song seems in tone to be very melancholy, like he doesn't expect the person he's singing for to actually want him to do any of these things... but at the same time, there's some sort of sensuality in the way he sings the lines. i think that's because on one hand he knows it's futile to utter these thoughts to the person, but he also greatly desires these things to transpire, and you can hear that in his voice.

    the ribbons around the fumes i think are ribbons of smoke curling around the flame of his desire for the person... and the sleeping soon may be because they part soon after he sings this, or he gets his way and sleeps with the person... the way i think the song ends really depends on my mood at the time of listening. sometimes he wins, sometimes he loses horribly.

    i love songs that have a storyline in a way like that(in my mind, that is)
    delialon June 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe video for this song is so amazing:

    youtube.com/…
    bengt12on October 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwaah beautiful song...pure
    nevohnevyukon August 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti'm in love with the banhart!

    this song is so simple yet so effective... beautiful
    babyshambled_on September 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdoes anybody else get the crazy murderer feeling from this song? I feel like it's about unrequited love. & then he kills her; gas leak or maybe burns the house down around them. something romantic.
    Lilypoppon February 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe repetition and outward simplicity of this song are its biggest strengths. the imagery in the last verse provides such nice contrast. yep, definitely in love with this song.
    beardponyon December 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOutstanding track; simplicity was never this good. Just perfect, this album.
    sh4voon August 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was always enthralled and confused by this song. I love it - it's amazing for when I can't fall asleep; it's pure lullaby. But the last part confuses me: "ribbons around the fumes/we'll be sleeping soon" - I could never figure out what that part meant.

    This is going to sound really strange, but this song makes me feel really attracted to him. I think it's just the intimacy of the whole thing, it feels like he's singing just to you - it's an expression of respect, he's asking permission for everything before he does it, and that's really gentlemanly...it's just a cool song.

    :*) I love hippies.
    cattieloveson July 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwaah beautiful song...pure
    nevohnevyukon August 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSssseeeeexxxxxx
    Blackmofasa9on September 17, 2009   Link

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