"Teeth in the Grass" as written by and Samuel Ervin Beam....
And when you give me your clothes
And when we're lovers at last
Fresh air, perfume in your nose
There will be teeth in the grass

And when you give me your house
When we're all brothers at last
There will be food in our mouths
There will be teeth in the grass

And when there's nothing to want
When we're all brilliant and fast
When all tomorrows are gone
There will be teeth in the grass


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"Teeth in the Grass" as written by Samuel Ervin Beam

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    General Commentif you ever been to a cemetery the grave stones can look like teeth protruding from the grass.
    duellynotedon February 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Teeth in the grass" is a metaphor for death, I agree. Death is a constant companion to Life and all the things we get to experience while living: love, brotherhood, nirvana, what have you.

    The song reminds me of Carl Sandburg's poem "Grass."
    desocanyonon August 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI believe that the idea is that we are all brothers in death, all with a tombstone to mark us, all sleeping eternally together in the dirt
    shadenfroheseinon January 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti always thought of "teeth in the grass" as a fight. maybe 'cause i'm from the po-dunk south, but i've seen some fights in the front yard that ended with teeth in the grass. i just think it's about how no matter how happy you are, somebody's always out to ruin it, out to start some crap.
    MandaGrace05on February 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti always thought of "teeth in the grass" as a fight. maybe 'cause i'm from the po-dunk south, but i've seen some fights in the front yard that ended with teeth in the grass. i just think it's about how no matter how happy you are, somebody's always out to ruin it, out to start some crap.
    MandaGrace05on February 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthe might be complaining
    "by the time you love me, we'll be dead"
    "by the time we all love eachother, we'll be dead"
    "by the time we've got nothing to worry about, we'll be dead"

    plus, when you think about it, it makes the last statement a bit more ironic than the others
    codycruse7on April 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is just so catchy, tune wise. It's just wonderful.
    danseon November 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI find it a little bit creepy, though. Do the teeth in the grass represent death? I know that dreams about teeth falling out are common. Does this tie into dream interpretation in some way?
    MsMollyon May 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits one of the faster iron and wine songs. **hugs**
    bright.eyes.on July 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthere's how I see it:
    First verse: new lovers who have utterly fallen for each other
    Second verse: Universal brotherhood and peace
    Third verse: Death and the afterlife
    pumkinhedon July 29, 2005   Link

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