"One By One" as written by and Jeffrey Scott/guthrie Tweedy....
One by one the teardrops fall as I write you
One by one my words come falling on the page
One by one my dreams are fading in the twilight
One by one my schemes are fading fast away

One by one the flowers fading in my garden
One by one the leaves are falling from the trees
One by one my hopes are vanished in the clouds clear
One by one like snowflakes melting in the breeze

One by one my hair is turning gray
One by one my dreams are fading fast away
One by one I read your letters over
One by one I lay them all away

One by one the days are slipping up behind you
One by one the sweetest days of life go by
One by one the moments stealing out behind you
One by one she'll come and find not you or I

One by one I hear the soft words that you whispered
One by one I feel your kisses soft and sweet
One by one I hope you'll say the words to marry
One by one to one by one forever be

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"One by One" as written by Jeff Tweedy Woody Guthrie

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  • +1
    General CommentI'm really glad that they put this song on their live CD. I assume it's about a relationship that is slowly ending.
    SouthernGenton December 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI could see that, but I think it covers more than just a relationship. It seems to be more about life. Every day passes and slips away until we are out of days.

    This could be just the realization of this.
    Jonzardon December 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about death, the death of a loved one. It should also be noted, Tweedy didn't write the lyrics to this song.
    loldoctoron May 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt seems very clear to me that this song is about growing older and noticing the passage of time, being aware of that passage, and our inability to stop time or turn it back. More importantly, the song is spoken by a narrator who is deeply in love, and hopes to spend whatever time he has left, each day, one by one, each moment, with the recipient of his heartfelt desire.
    touchmonkeyon January 05, 2012   Link
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    General CommentLove this song. It makes me feel a weird mix of sadness and happiness. Its by Woody Guthrie but he never performed it.
    pennyroyalon January 28, 2011   Link

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