"Now That I Know" as written by and Devendra Banhart....
Now that I know
The way it goes
You gotta pay back every penny that you owe

twelve years old
In your mama's clothes
Shut the blinds and lock up every door

and if you hear
Someone coming near
Just close your eyes and make them disappear now

Years away
Finds me here today
On my own and knowless of my way now

So I send my friends
Gifts from where I've been
Something for the hand that's never there to lend

better keep those eyes
Climbing paradise
And don't pretend you won't reach it in the end now

dearest dear
I know you been here
Why'd you run tell me why'd you disappear now

that you're now
Here with me
Seems to be the only time I can see you clearly

I may not know
How to treat or give you what you need
But I am a gentleman who says what he means now

And now I sing
Upon my knees
And praise the kind ?gives us? a gentle breeze

I'd see that swell
Like a story in me to tell
Told years away and past my baby dying

so you raise them up
To heaven or ways to hell
They're unaware share to give a hand to help some


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"Now That I Know" as written by Devendra Banhart

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  • +1
    General CommentHere go the actual lyrics:

    Now that I know
    The way it goes
    You've gotta pay back every penny that you owe

    Twelve years old
    In your mama's clothes
    Shut the blinds and lock up every door

    And if you hear
    Someone's coming near
    Just close your eyes and make them disappear now

    Years away
    Finds me here today
    On my own and always on my way now

    So I send my friends
    Gifts from where i've been
    Something for the hand that never there to lend

    Better keep those eyes
    Climbing paradise
    And don't pretend you won't reach it in the end now

    Dearest dear
    I know you've been here
    Why'd you run, tell me why'd you disappear

    Now that you're not
    Here with me
    'Seems to be the only time I can see you clearly

    I may not know
    How to treat or give you what you need
    But I am a gentle man who says what he means now

    And now I sing
    Upon my knees
    And praise the kindness of a gentle breeze

    I see it swell
    Like a story in me to tell
    Told years away and past my day of dying

    So you raise them up
    To have and always have
    They're unaware of share or give a hand to help some

    Oh you give them away
    But they’ll come back to you someday
    Wanna know why nobody was ever there to help them

    And not it ain’t fair
    And if God forbid you care
    It’s enough to get you in a whole lot of trouble

    Awww realize
    It ain’t wise to idealize
    Or put your life in the hands of any struggle

    Never renounce or ever claim to be
    And never buy that freedom just ain’t free now

    Ella sang
    Sifting in the sand
    Like a hymn within to help us understand

    Heaven awaits
    We’re making our last stand
    Glory bound and sparrow in our hand
    sh4voon November 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, I thought Nick Drakes 'cello song'
    savingupspendon April 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so damn beautiful. I can't stop playing it.
    GhostBitchon September 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh gods that cello(?) line. Gorgeous.
    pumkinhedon January 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Never renounce or ever claim to be
    And never buy that freedom just ain’t free now"

    This is a reference to the common Vietnam-era remark that "freedom isn't free" which is being recycled on bumper stickers and talk radio stations presently in regard to the war on iraq.
    emueyeson February 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazing. Reminds me of Nick Drake.
    Poisonous Pizzaon February 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful
    brottishluvon April 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentany thoughts on the lyric:

    "in your mama's clothes"

    kind of stands out to me.
    jodawoon August 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjodawo --

    when devendra was 5 years old, and his mom left ... he went into his mom's room, and took a spiral hair brush, and his mom's dresses, and he danced around the room singing. It helped shape his singing and style..
    derekteixeiraon November 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat's so cute, derekteixeira!
    this is my FAVORITE devendra song EVER.
    i saw him in concert about a month ago,
    and he's probably the most loving, peaceful person
    i've ever "met"...
    cupkateon November 26, 2007   Link

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