Come the evening of my days
The dark birds in the trees and in her garden
I hope I’ll be there somewhere too
The yarrow by my head where I have fallen

And she will lick her thinner thumb
And ringless finger too, and douse a candle
And though she never gave a thing
The way she said my name, we’ll be together

When autumn comes, she’ll be there
Jasmine still in her hair
Her tea leaves dry by the sea

Many men behind her door
Have heard the bathtub run and longed to love her
And though she never waits for me
We never ask the time when we’re together

When autumn comes, she’ll be there
Jasmine still in her hair
Her tea leaves dry by the sea


Lyrics submitted by Mellow_Harsher, edited by jafarsfault

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    General Commentthis song is beautiful.
    PASSEon July 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt is a beautiful song. I like it especially because, like many of Iron & Wine's songs, every line has meaning, and the symbolism is great as always.

    I really like the first verse mention of yarrow. The yarrow plant thrives in poor soil and while many plants require attention to thrive, the yarrow requires none, much like the relationship Sam is describing in this song.
    Sparks22on August 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is perfect. It's very relatable for me.
    The-Recluseon August 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHas anyone read "Everything is Illuminated"?

    This song reminds me of Brod.
    LillyBelle918on April 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is like many others in that it is about unrequited love. However, there is something very different about how it is portrayed in this song, which endears me to it on a personal level.

    The song is about a friendship on the deepest level. They aren't always together but they are always with each other. The man has always had strong feelings for her and feels they are meant to be together, feels that she knows they will be together, but by the time they've grown old they haven't fallen for each other yet. There's also this sense that the woman has spent her life looking for someone to give her love to: "Though she never gave a thing," "Ringless finger" and the line "Jasmine still in her hair." Jasmine is a symbol for love, and she has kept it to herself, never giving it away because she's never found the lover she seeks.

    The last line is kind of the closure/cliff hanger mix that everyone loves to hate. Again we get the sense both of the man's love for her and of her continual search for love in the first two lines "Many men behind her door have heard the bathtub run and longed to love her." He feels that she is the epitome of a woman, and can't imagine why she hasn't found love. He acknowledges that it's not him she's waiting for, but then kind of leaves you hanging saying "we never ask the time when we're together" because they so enjoy each others company. It's a beautiful way of saying maybe it's just not meant to be in this lifetime, let's enjoy what good time we have left.

    Again this is a very personal interpretation of it, not at all a definitive reading but I think that's the way song writing/analysis should be anyway.


    When autumn comes, she�ll be there
    Jasmine still in her hair
    Her tea leaves dry by the sea

    Many men behind her door
    Have heard the bathtub run and longed to love her
    And though she doesn�t wait for me
    We never ask the time when we�re together
    mattv824on October 14, 2010   Link

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