"Leaves do fall" as written by Kelly Crisp and Ivan Howard....
You've been gone too long
Where can you be
They said three months
You'd come for me
I've shouted "where?"
Out at the sea
'Cause your my love, my family

I've waited for the leaves to fall
For old John Wayne to save us all
I want out both my hands and knees
I'm a desperate girl and that terrifies me

Can you hear me love?
My heart's the sea
It swirls and breaks
Since we can't be
I'm gonna build this sail
And they'll need me
Then we'll have kids, a family

I've waited for the leaves to fall
For old John Wayne to save us all
I want out both my hands and knees

I'm a desperate man and that terrifies me
(Hey, ey-)

Baby birds don't sing
In this old tree
And I've come down
Listen to the sea
So I must go
My bones cost me
To an earthen home to cradle me

I've waited for the leaves to fall
For old John Wayne to save us all
I want out both my hands and knees
I'm a desperate girl and that terrifies me

I praise the lord, now "I'll do it"
For an ancient promise
I could not keep
But I'm her lover
And death do me
This swirling ocean
Is the end of me

I've waited for the leaves to fall
For old John Wayne to save us all
I want out both my hands and knees

I'm a desperate man and that terrifies me
(Hey, ey-)


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"Leaves Do Fall" as written by Kelly Crisp Ivan Howard

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  • +1
    Song MeaningThese mondegreen lyrics are hilarious! John Wayne? The film star anti-hero??
    This song's about Roanoke Colony and John White's request that they mark a tree as well as using the legend as a metaphor for a modern situation.
    "John Wayne" should be "John White"
    "Want out" should be "worn out"
    "I'm gonna build this sail" should be "Soon a boat will sail"
    My bones "cost" me (?) should be "My bones must leave"
    I praise the lord, now "I'll do it" (??) should be "I've faced alone, now I do weep for,"
    "But I'm her lover And death do me" should read "I've heard lovers in death do meet"
    poliupperon November 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAw I really love this song and have done for a while - pleased to see there's some lyrics now!
    "I'm a desperate girl, and that terrifies me!" It's just too damn catchy!
    x_Heather_xon March 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commentprobably my favorite song off the album. the lyrics pretty much speak for themselves.
    carlwinslowon August 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think it's John White, not John Wayne. at least that's what i remember from the liner notes
    joshsapienon June 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit should be "i've WORN out both my hands and my knees"
    pandora_ash_avalieon July 17, 2007   Link

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