Jeremy Lee had an ice-creamery. On the evening of October 10th he lost fifty-five dollars and seventy cents, was shot twice in the chest and again in the head, the police found him dead by the walk-in.

And he loved God so much, as he lay inside his bed he could feel her sweep over his skin, feel her filling the air with the weight of her care, he didn't care what was waiting for him. How he'd cry, he cried so much knowing that this was the end, and then he'd feel like a leaf lifted by wind. How I love him, so much that I almost cave in every time my hand touches the pen.

So lower your cameras and switch off the spotlight, you shouldn't be proud of the footage got, because there won't be an end to the similar shots that have happened, are happening, and can't be prevented from endlesly happening again. For all your pride and your comfort and speed of ascent, you’re heading too soon to a similar end - maybe coughing up blood in a hospital bed as your heart-attack, cancer or car accident breaks you down to a place in the ground for your kids to come visit.

And if God loves us back, now we know what it is. She must have no control over this worlds events, because no one deserves this much punishment. And now it's late in the autumn, the leaves line the bend. It's a beautiful day for the first snow to land, and so it's landing on me and on Jeremy Lee who left this world gracefully broken.

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    General CommentAgain no comments on a great song. Probably most of you haven't heard the okkervil river/Julie Doiron split. Check it out... Anyway about the song... sounds like he's referring to God as a "She" or is he's talking about a girl who killed this guy?
    CcPunk82on December 12, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationShe is God pretty obviously. I believe the character singing these words is the son of the murdered man.
    infinityontrialon February 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI feel ashamed that I've known of Okkervil River for so long yet just recently stumbled across this song. I think it's absolutely brilliant. Of course, that might not be saying much because I think nearly every Okkervil River song is fantastic. A Leaf describes in the sweetest, most delicate way life's most excruciatingly harsh truth.

    "And if God loves us back, now we know what it is: She must have no control over this world's events because no one deserves this much punishment."

    Wow. This line is just so fantastic, and it introduces such an interesting concept. I love that God is depicted as a woman. It fits so perfectly with the tenderness of the song as a whole. And this line brings the tragedy of the song full-circle by implying that the narrator isn't the only one who can't help the people he/she loves. What if God is in the same, tragically powerless position?
    DGeroskion August 07, 2011   Link

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