"Magnolia Mountain" as written by and John P. Bowersock Ryan Adams....
I want to go to Magnolia Mountain
And lay my weary head down
Down on the rocks
Of the mountain my savior made
Steady my soul and ease my worry
Hold me when I rattle like a hummingbird hummin'
Tie me to the rocks of the mountain my savior made

Lie to me
Sing me a song
Sing me a song until the morning comes
If the morning come, will you lie to me
Will you take me to your bed
Will you lay me down
Til' I'm heavy like the rocks in the riverbed
That my savior made

I want to be the bluebird singing
Singing to the roses in her yard
Roses in her yard her father grew for her
It's been raining like Tennessee honey
So long I got too heavy to fly
Ain't no bluebird ever gets too heavy to sing

Lie to me
Sing me a song
Sing me a song until the morning comes
And if the morning don't come, will you lie to me
Will you take me to your bed
Will you lay me down
Ti'l I'm heavy like the rocks in the riverbed
That my savior made
Please

We burn the cotton fields down in the valley
And ended up with nothing but scars
Scars became the lessons that we gave to our children after the war
There ain't nothing but the tunes of Magnolia Mountain
Where nobody ever dies
Steady your soul and ease your worry
They got room

Lie to me like I lie to you
Hold me down until the morning comes
And if the morning don't come
Will you lie to me
Will you take me to your bed
Will you lay me down
'Til I'm heavy like the rocks in the riverbed
That my savior made
Please


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"Magnolia Mountain" as written by Catherine Anne Popper Bradley Smith Pemberton

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    General Commentwhy has no one commented on this song yet? This song is amazing. Ryan Adams is such a genius it's not even cool.
    thisisjustadreamon May 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmy interpretation of it is that the character in the song (may be fictional) is longing for this one place (magnolia mountain) to help him with all his troubles... the repeating stanzas which start with "lie to me...etc." spell out the fact that hes trying to ignore his problems and "settle his soul" on magnolia mountain because he feels serenity there since his saviour built the place.. although i do believe its fictional-- someplace thats not actually real; fictional in his mind
    great song, lyrical genious
    burstele14on January 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentits incredible that there are only two comments on this song.
    really a lyrical masterpiece.
    johnathonfiskon April 01, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationProbably waaay too literal of an interpretation, but there's a place in NC called Mountain Magnolia Inn. Maybe reversed it cause it sounds better? "They got a room for you." There's a hot springs (rocks and riverbed references) and it was built in 1868, just after the civil war. "We burned the cotton fields down in the valley / And ended up with nothing but scars / The scars became lessons / that we gave to our children / After the war." Who knows with Adams? He is brilliant but has a lot of obscure references, but you don't have to understand all the lyrics to enjoy the songs because he is talented.
    revblues21on July 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the best alt-country songs ever written. So there's that.
    themostbrianon October 27, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI feel like it's a about a concept of heaven.
    colbygr22on May 07, 2015   Link
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    General CommentUm, every line is from a Grateful Dead song. No hidden meanings, it's a tribute to the Grateful Dead. Google it.
    misskitty9999on September 27, 2015   Link

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