To my dearest forsaken
Who the earth now has taken
Empty, the bottle drains no more

It is true that I loved you
Despite the harm now on you
Washes, the river has you boy

Here on the eve of too long
Where you'll think I have done wrong
Waking in fear of you no more

I'll put my trust in the savior
Of human forces of nature
Strength of the stump I tied you boy

To my dearest forsaken
Dearest vow I have broken
Afraid of your angry hands no more

I'll put my trust in the savior
River may have me later
Sleep with my lost love for you boy


Lyrics submitted by Mellow_Harsher, edited by Lyssavirus

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    General CommentI love this song, as I tend to love all of Sam's darker songs. I think this song is about a woman who kills her abusive husband by tying him to a stump and letting him drown in a flood. The savior "fielding forces of nature" I see as one of those big Southern storms that last for days and make all the creeks and gulleys overflow. Being a Southern expatriot myself a lot of his songs bring me back home. I'm surprised nobody has commented on this song yet--I think it's so cool.
    jadyon July 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is a really creepy Pedro-the-Lion-esque song. I agree with the abusive husband story. It's actually a pretty chilling song. I love it. He's a great fingerpicking guitarist.
    kyle171on July 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti don't think these lyrics are right? the lines "Wash out the river has you boy" and "Fielding forces of nature" don't sound right to me when I listen to the actual song. It sounds like he's saying something else.
    arrrielon August 02, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningInteresting that people think this is to a husband. My first impression was that it was for a mother to her unwanted child. She refers to him as "boy," which would seem more appropriate for a child than a husband. "Empty, the bottle drains no more" would seem to be a reference to a baby bottle.

    On the other hand, "your angry hands" and "waking in fear of you" are more appropriate for the first perhaps this is a child who is a sociopath. Or perhaps she is frightened of him because she's getting rid of him?
    pbankaon March 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThese are the right lyrics:


    To my dearest forsaken
    Who the earth now has taken
    Empty, the bottle drains no more

    It is true that i loved you
    Despite the harm now on you
    Washes, the river has you boy

    Here on the eve of too long
    Where you'll think i've done wrong
    Waking in fear of you no more

    I'll put my trust in the savior
    Of human forces and nature
    Strength of the stump i tied you boy

    To my dearest forsaken
    Dearest vow i have broken
    Afraid of your angry hands no more

    I'll put my trust in the savior
    River may have me later
    Sleep with my lost love for you boy
    lauraclaireon May 25, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationBefore I read these comments, I was always getting the impression of a Man who lost his wife through indirect harm that he caused, and goes through stages of grief. In this he contemplates suicide (Here on the eve of too long) is an alcoholic (Empty, the bottle drains no more) and later gives his life to Christ. Samuel Beam has always had that tinge of "God" in his songs, though he himself battles with belief (or rather putting faith/trust) in God. It shows very clearly in his songs, and adds an emotional push into his songs. If he weren't going through those kinds of struggles, I don't think his music would be as haunting or beautiful as it is now.

    Yes, there are holes in my story of this song, Such as "Strength of the stump I tied you boy".

    "afraid of your angry hands no more" is a tough one, but I think it might be referring to God's 'angry hands', perhaps taking his wife away? Somehow he blames God for his loss?

    But look at me, I'm rambling about my interpretation, which is probably wrong, about an amazingly written song that I will never stop listening to, as well as every other I&W song.

    Enjoy the music, that's what it's there for, right?
    NasalSnackon August 11, 2010   Link

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