erin, erin, erin
erin across america

do now cheer me on
can't you hear the song for you?

quick, now
caramel dip
give it up to the runaway ship
hail, now
hail to the bitch
the hairy little runt with the nervous nervous twitch

shy, your light pops out
and we stand there astounded
and we pound our heads and shout
we shout hallelujah
well look what it did to ya

oh, a horrible mess
and we're eating by the river in the sunday dress
oh, serenade me
eating the biscuits and gravy

you are missing from me
as you chug with your uncle
in the red red sea
i will wait or will knock my knees and talk to you
oh so still

oh shenandoah
we just across the wide missouri

you are so bonny
shhh do not worry

quick, now
caramel dip
give it up to the runaway ship
life's so sweet and so low
buried in the water
yeah, buried in the snow

so dear, deep and so dark
sleeping under papers in the central park

twentieth floor balcony
houses what is home to me
twentieth floor balcony
houses what is home to me
twentieth floor balcony
houses what is home to me



Lyrics submitted by el_castaneda, edited by Chimpanzeehood, TheSatah

Erin song meanings
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    General Commentthe name Erin is a great name
    coolnuts5on July 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah!
    laocoonon November 20, 2006   Link
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    General Comment1) It's spelled Shenandoah

    2) The version of this song I have heard says "hairy little runt" not "hairy literary", which may be a mistake as well.

    3) I believe the Erin in this song is both a person _and_ a chronicling of Irish-Americans.
    emueyeson July 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSleeping on the "papers" in the Central Park.
    Whatsifsowhatsiton September 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthow have i been missing this song all this time of loving joanna? this is beautiful.
    hab204on November 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHi Songmeanings folks,
    I'm really impressed by all the thought you've evidently put into these interpretations, and I'm hoping some of you will be interested in contributing to a project related to Ms. Newsom's amazing work. You see, I am putting together a book of writings to be called “Visions of Joanna Newsom” (yes, the reference to Bob Dylan's "Visions of Johanna" is intentional). I’m looking for art, essays, poems, true stories, academic readings of songs, anecdotes, and all things related to Ms. Newsom. I’ve already secured a contribution from the novelist and Joanna-acolyte Dave Eggers, and the book will be published through a small press that I will soon be starting up here in Sacramento. This is not just a pie-in-the-sky project; it’s real and will definitely happen. I will need new work that hasn't already been posted here, because I don't want to violate copyright, but I'm sure some of you will be willing to rise to the occasion and offer your views on a particular song or album's meaning.
    So who am I? Well, I teach English Literature and Creative Writing full-time at the California State University, Sacramento. I’m also poet of sorts; you can read some of my poetry at my now-lapsed blog: miracleshirker.blogspot.com or verify my academic existence at the CSUS English Department’s web page: csus.edu/engl/. I’m also a board member at the Sacramento Poetry Center, where I co-edit The Tule Review, and I have a few books and articles out there already in various fields. You can reach me via email at buchanan@csus.edu
    Thanks! yours, Brad Buchanan
    bradbuchon February 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHi Songmeanings folks,
    I'm really impressed by all the thought you've evidently put into these interpretations, and I'm hoping some of you will be interested in contributing to a project related to Ms. Newsom's amazing work. You see, I am putting together a book of writings to be called “Visions of Joanna Newsom” (yes, the reference to Bob Dylan's "Visions of Johanna" is intentional). I’m looking for art, essays, poems, true stories, academic readings of songs, anecdotes, and all things related to Ms. Newsom. I’ve already secured a contribution from the novelist and Joanna-acolyte Dave Eggers, and the book will be published through a small press that I will soon be starting up here in Sacramento. This is not just a pie-in-the-sky project; it’s real and will definitely happen. I will need new work that hasn't already been posted here, because I don't want to violate copyright, but I'm sure some of you will be willing to rise to the occasion and offer your views on a particular song or album's meaning.
    So who am I? Well, I teach English Literature and Creative Writing full-time at the California State University, Sacramento. I’m also poet of sorts; you can read some of my poetry at my now-lapsed blog: miracleshirker.blogspot.com or verify my academic existence at the CSUS English Department’s web page: csus.edu/engl/. I’m also a board member at the Sacramento Poetry Center, where I co-edit The Tule Review, and I have a few books and articles out there already in various fields. You can reach me via email at buchanan@csus.edu
    Thanks! yours, Brad Buchanan
    bradbuchon February 29, 2008   Link
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    General Commentit's

    "SLEEPING UNDER PAPERS in the central park"

    you know, think of a homeless guy laying on the bench trying to sleep with a newspaper shielding him from the sun?

    yeah.

    like that.
    Colosimoon August 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyeah, it's definitely "sleeping under papers"
    I also hear "houses what is home to me"... as opposed to "house is"
    overlyelectricalon March 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song, but i feel weird saying that, seeing as my name is Erin, lol. But i just love her harp. =)
    misserinon December 15, 2010   Link

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