"Minor Piano Keys" as written by and Samuel Ervin Beam....
Say, say something nice to her
Fragrant and sturdier
Delicate hands for shoulders sliding down
Days, days like a summer rain
Blink and they're gone again
Soaking she sits alone, outside and down

Prays, prays for a soldier boy
In fire and angry noise
Under the thumb of the Lord
And waits, quilting and quietly
Her minor piano keys
Slip through the screen of the door

Say, say what you mean to her
Washing her colander
Eyes on the stranger cresting 'round the bend
Days, days like the winter snow
Linger 'til heaven knows
Naked she sings the table grace and then

Prays, prays for her soldier boy
In fire and angry noise
Under the thumb of the lord
And waits, quilting and quietly
Minor piano keys
Slip through the screen of the door


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"Minor Piano Keys" as written by Samuel Ervin Beam

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    General Comment\'days, days like a SUMMER rain...\'


    On a piano or any instrument, minor keyed songs are usually a bit more sad and depressing sounding... Such as this song.
    I think the words \'her minor piano keys, slip through the screen of the door\' simply means that bad news is coming into her house...such as her husband dying in the war. Now she waits and sam is talking about the things that a man should say to her and do...maybe the man is in love with the woman whose husband died in the war...i dont know really but i know that it\'s something along those lines...
    Wilsongon March 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdoes anybody know where i can find this song and iron and wine's older, less well known music? pleeeeeeaase any help would be great!
    sortileguson June 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsortilegus, i sent you a message. love this song so much. i agree with wilsong, i think its about a soldier dying in the war, but i think its more about the mother hearing her son didnt make it home.
    thejones2on June 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhoa, this song totally relates to Tifa Lockhart and Cloud Strife from FF7. She thought he died in Nibelheim, I can see her sitting outside in the rain on the water tower before she leaves to the lines 'Soaking she sits alone, outside and down.' I can see her doing that after he leaves too.

    But I think it's about a woman waiting at home for the soldier boy to write, he's telling her he's fine, he's okay, he doesn't miss anything and she wants to hear the truth. She wants to know how many times he's been bombed, how many times he's ran for his life, how much he likely just wants to go home. She's depressed, and partly stressed and just misses him. Knitting him sweaters, and the like to keep her mind preoccupied. Then she gets up one day from her piano playing, goes to the door and sees a stranger driving up near her porch. Of course the news is the news she didn't want to hear. The dead.
    Reedstaron May 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentCHills down my spine...
    manuelturcioson June 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think her "Minor Piano Keys" are her sadness, and this song. That is what slips through the screendoor.
    Cyberghoston August 04, 2015   Link

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